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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Cool idea to develop sweep arpeggios

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Too Much GAS
Nov 2nd, 2018 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I know, I know. Widdly widdly wee.

I don't use it a lot but it sure sounds good when it's done well. I like it most at a moderate rate but, the technique can really open up, and make, your musical content more interesting when interjected into your playing.

Troy Grady did an interview with a Finnish fellow name Teemu Mantysaari. He plays a lot of cookie monster metal but is an amazing player and teacher. Hate the music, love his technical execution and tone.

He has a practice technique for developing sweep picking that is very intriguing to me. He works on both hands separately before he combines them. The fretting hand plays the notes in a legato-ish style on the fingerboard without the picking hand. Do this until it is even and smooth. Might want to wrap a sock around the strings at the nut to keep the open strings from ringing.

Then he works on the inverse. Figures out what the picking criteria such as timing, muting, hand posture, and picking direction, then mutes the open strings, and does the picking by itself.

After giving that a try it's easy for me to see where my weaknesses are with the technique. After doing that for a few days I started putting them together and it really made a lot of sense for what I was trying to accomplish. For me, it was easier to tune into what it's supposed to feel like when done correctly. That's the part that nobody can tell you how to do. They can just give you the tools and you have to spend the time in the shed getting familiar with it. You absolutely MUST no how it feels in your hands in order to execute it well. I'm still not as far along as I would like to be but, I'm making progress.

I just thought I would pass this along if anyone else is interested in developing sweep arpeggios. I had never seen or heard of this method before.

Who is this guy????

(This message was last edited by ninworks at 09:20 AM, Nov 3rd, 2018)


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Nov 5th, 2018 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile  


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