As useful as sweep picking can be for playing an ascending or descending arpeggio over a single chord, developing the ability to seamlessly transition from one arpeggio shape to another within a lead phrase will greatly aid in one’s complete understanding and ultimate mastery of the technique.
It has become a huge part of my playing style, and I’m always looking for new and different ways to incorporate sweep picking into musical ideas I come up with. Last month, I detailed the basic mechanics of the technique, and now I’d like to further demonstrate its proper execution.
Hello again, Guitar World readers. It’s nice to be back! I’d like to begin this new series of columns by talking about getting started with sweep picking, which is a very useful and exciting technique that I often use to perform fast arpeggio-based licks and runs.
Michael Angelo Batio will release his first career-spanning retrospective, Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio, April 14 via Rat Pak Records. The album not only highlights Batio's best work to date, but also brings together many renowned hard rock and heavy metal musicians.
Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the premiere of "Soul In Motion," a new song by guitarist Mike Cerna. The track is from Starbound, Cerna’s instrumental guitar debut. The new release features homages to instrumental genres of yesteryear and today.
Elliott Dean Rubinson is known in the music industry as "the boss who rocks." He's the CEO and owner of Dean Guitars, ddrum and Luna Guitars. He's also a world-class bassist who has toured with Michael Schenker, Michael Angelo Batio and Uli Jon Roth.
The song, which is from Batio's new album, Intermezzo, was written by Batio and features guest appearances — and guitar solos — by George Lynch, Elliott Dean Rubinson (Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker), Jeff Loomis (Conquering Dystopia, Nevermore), Craig Godly (Dio), Dave Reffett (Shredding The Envelope), Andrea Martongelli (Arthemis) and Rusty Cooley (Day Of Reckoning).
Present and former members of Whitesnake, Dio, Anthrax, Korn, King Diamond, Rising Force, Alcatrazz and more will take part in the 2014 NAMM Metal Jam Wednesday, January 22, at the Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. The show was organized by DeathRiders/original Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin and Dave Reffett, guitarist and GuitarWorld.com blogger.
When working on writing melodies for my original compositions, my standard approach is to examine the chord progression in order to determine which scales or modes would best apply. A mode is the notes of scale, such as the major scale, oriented around a different root note and chord; Modes offer great flexibility in terms of the way they relate to a set of chords within relative keys.