5 ways to improve your sweep picking technique

Synyster Gates
Synyster Gates is highly proficient in the art of sweep picking (Image credit: David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images)

Sweep picking is an efficient technique, combining elements of alternate picking with logical economy of motion. Typically, sweep picking found favour in ’80s rock to play fluid arpeggio runs, where for the most part, a single note is played on each string. 

However, sweep picking is found in many genres where the use of arpeggios is prevalent such as jazz and fusion as well as rock and metal. I have chosen to focus on the latter two genres in this lesson, and have showcased a number of common three and five-string arpeggio shapes.

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Simon Barnard

Simon is a graduate of the UK's Academy of Contemporary Music and The Guitar Institute, and holds a Masters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.