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What exactly is an arppegio sweep?

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(@palehorse)
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A friend of mine says an arppegio sweep is just on strum, but the left fretting hand moves like lightning nailing a full 17 notes in the on stroke.

I researched this and I have varying results. Could someone knowledgeable about this stuff go into exact detail as to what this is?

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I'm not Noteboat, but I did stay at a holiday inn last night. :lol:

Sweep picking is moving the pick one direction across the strings (as a rake). Although, many licks (including arpegios) are usually designed to have an alternate picking sequence using an odd number (such as three) on a string so that you can continue the 'sweep' onto the next string.

Well, that's my .02

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(@noteboat)
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I think your friend is confusing arpeggios with something else - probably a scale. To do 17 notes in one sweep of the pick, you've got three notes to a string... here's how a C major arpeggio would tab out to get 17 notes fairly economically:

---------------------------------12-15-20-
--------------------------5-8-13----------
-------------------5-9-12-----------------
--------------5-10------------------------
-------3-7-10-------------------------------
-0-3-8------------------------------------

Not only do you have the problem of some doubled notes (consecutive Gs on 5 and 4, Cs on 4 and 3) which will interrupt the flow... but I don't know too many guitarists who can do an 8 fret reach while 'moving like lightning'. It'd be playable with tapping, but then it's not sweep picking.

There are playable sweep picking riffs that use 3-notes per string, like this 19 note run in C major:

------------------------------------------10-12-13-15-
---------------------------------10-12-13-------------
-------------------------9-10-12----------------------
-----------------9-10-12------------------------------
---------9-10-12--------------------------------------
-8-10-12----------------------------------------------

But a sweep picked arpeggio will have a lot fewer notes. This one:

---------------------------20-
---------------------17-20----
------------------17----------
------------14-17-------------
------10-15-------------------
-8-12-------------------------

manages to squeeze in 10 notes... and even at that, it's really only playable at speed if you slide on the D string.

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(@call_me_kido)
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I was wondering about this also not too long ago. Once again noteboat comes to the rescue.

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Youll get yours noteboat....

Oh wait...I mean thanks.... :lol:

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(@alex_)
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typical sweep picking fingering (definatly most common sweep used)

.12....(hammer on)..17
....13
.......14
.......14
12 (ho) 15

ok, well that doesnt look confusing!

here is a pic

typical sweep picking shape.


   
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(@palehorse)
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Thanks guys, this clears things up.

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(@davem)
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Wow, Just to be a geek. That's the normal distribution curve (or bell curve) from your well known probability and statistics class. :lol: :shock:

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