Let’s take a look at one way to apply sweeps and arpeggios (ala Protest the Hero). Playing through a simple chord progression we can outline the harmony of those by sweeping through them, in turn creating a part or section that is much more interesting all around.
Sweep picking.. guys, seriously. It is some advanced, intense shit. I’m teaching myself to do it, and working out the kinks, trying to figure it out. And every now and then I do it correctly, and super fast. And it wows me. c:
In this Arpeggio Etude we will be expanding our standard “vertical” Arpeggio by shifting positions. This movement will not only help us move across the neck “horizontally” but also allow us to see and recognize multiple chords shapes simultaneously. We will be Sweep Picking through basic Bar Chord Shapes and connecting in different Fretboard Positions.
“But I think in order to actualize the ideas you have in your head, to know theory, and all that time I spent when I was a teenager you know, like, wackin’ off and learnin’ how to sweep pick, was probably, uh, a really good thing in hindsight.”