Nita Strauss shows you how to sweep pick on guitar

Nita Strauss
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One of the most requested topics people have asked me to teach is sweep picking, a technique used most often to perform fast ascending and descending arpeggio-based runs. It’s called “sweep” picking because the pick is swept, or dragged (or raked), across two or more adjacent strings in a single downstroke or upstroke.

A great way to begin working on sweep picking is to focus on sweeping across just the top three strings. The key is to use a light touch with your pick hand; you don’t want to apply more pressure than necessary to drag the pick across the strings, as that may result in a noisy, unappealing sound.

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