Monday, 28 February 2011

Sweep arpeggios 28.2.11

This lesson gives an overview of the basic three- and five-string voicings of both minor and major chords. 7th, 9th, suspended chords and six-string voicings which include the use of right-handed tapping will be added later. These exercises are meant to make you comfortable doing small and large sweepes all over the fretboard. You should have some notion on legato playing and economy picking before trying this technique. Good luck!

Finger rolling
One of the techniques that remains unknown for most guitar players until they enter the world of sweep arpeggios is finger rolling. This technique becomes very important to maintain good note articulation during your sweeps while using an overdriven or distorted guitar sound. It also depends of course on the chord and voicing you use, but perfect fourths and major thirds happen to occur a lot, so small bar shapes are common, and finger rolling is a must.

The exercises below are written for your first fretting-hand finger, on the first fret, but this can be extended to all fingers and the entire fretboard. Be sure to move your bar each measure and not to try this entire exercise with a 6-string bar! The notes should sound independent, one after the other, and not simultaneously. You should thus roll your finger in such a way, that only one string below your bar is pressed to the fretboard, while the others remain dampened. The bigger the bar gets, the more selective you need to be, and the more difficult you can get the notes out separately.



Three-string voicings
Major






Minor





Five-string voicings
Major




Minor




5 Bart Rogiers: Sweep arpeggios This lesson gives an overview of the basic three- and five-string voicings of both minor and major chords. 7th, 9th, suspended chords and s...

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