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Applying Sweep Arpeggios Musically Over Chord Changes — Video

Being able to sweep pick arpeggios cleanly and fluently requires a great deal of practice, but the technique is just that—an approach to articulation on the guitar that will yield a certain sound. The real value of the technique only reveals itself when applied in a musical context, and the more formidable that context is, the more powerful and effective the technique will sound.

Time to Burn with Michael Angelo Batio: Using Sweep Picking and Tapping to Outline a Chord Progression — Video

Just because I show you a run in one key and fretboard location it doesn’t mean that that’s the only place to play it. When you practice any sweep-picked arpeggio, once you have the fingering and shape down, you’ll want to begin moving it around the neck to other positions and keys. By doing this with the various major, minor and other shapes I’ve shown you, you’ll be able to apply the technique to changing chords in a progression.

Time to Burn with Michael Angelo Batio: Using Tapping to Extend Sweep Arpeggios — Video

In the last three columns, I demonstrated the mechanics of my technique for sweep picking arpeggios and some of my go-to shapes. This month, I’d like to show you a great way to expand upon these shapes, by adding a fretboard tap above the highest note played in the sweep.

Time to Burn with Michael Angelo Batio: Applying Sweep Picking to Chord Progressions, Part 2 — Video

Last month, I introduced the concept of applying different sweep-picked arpeggio shapes to a series of chords within a repeating progression. This month, I’d like to expand our view to a greater variety of sweep-picked shapes, as well as a more complex, ambitious chord progression.

Time to Burn with Michael Angelo Batio: Applying Sweep Picking to Chord Progressions — Video

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.

Time to Burn with Michael Angelo Batio: More on Developing Proper Sweep Picking Technique — Video

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.

Time to Burn with Michael Angelo Batio: Getting Started with Proper Sweep Picking Technique — Video

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.

Time to Burn: Applying Modes to Different Tonal Centers

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.

Time to Burn: Phrasing Arpeggios Over a Chord Progression

One of my favorite things to do is take a classically flavored chord progression, like the one shown in FIGURE 1, and use it in a rock guitar context. This particular progression is based for the most part on what is known as the cycle of fourths, in that the root note of each of the first five chords is the interval of a fourth above the previous root note.