TrueFire Foundry courses are independently produced courses presented by a hand-picked selection of top-notch artists and educators from around the world. Filmed in the educator’s own studio, Foundry courses bring fresh educational concepts and very effective teaching methodologies to TrueFire Students. Terry Syrek’s Foundry course, Fretboard Freedom Fighter will show you how to play any arpeggio, on any string, in any position.
Hello I'm Terry Syrek — welcome to my TrueFire Foundry course, Lord of the Strings: Sweep Picking, which I produced in my own studio.
There is, perhaps, no other technique for guitar that is associated more with virtuosity than sweep picking. It has enabled guitarists to perform violin caprices and piano concertos alike and is a primary component in moving rock guitar a quantum leap forward, out of the pentatonic and blues tried and true idiom, and into levels of performance only classical virtuosos had been associated with, previously. ??
For me, it was a difficult technique to acquire. I made probably 4 or 5 attempts, over the period of a few years, with little success, quickly abandoning each endeavor with rationalizing statements like “everyone is sweep picking, now. I’ll just be different, or “there’s just no emotion in it.”??
But I just couldn’t let go the idea of how cool it sounded! I worked and worked and found my path to gaining control of the elusive (and often mis-taught and mis-practiced) technique. And I am so glad I did! It has opened so many doors to me on the instrument and pushed my own playing into directions I would have never gone in if I hadn’t learned the technique. It’s definitely become one of the most valuable tools in my toolbox.
??Lord of the Strings: Sweep Picking is an intensive journey into the realm of all things sweep picking. Designed for the intermediate to advanced player who wants to dominate in this integral technique of higher level rock guitar playing. This course will take you on a quest for true guitar wizardry.
Sweeping means more to me than just a fast arpeggio! You’ll explore concepts which include: sweeping, sweep tapping, legato sweeping, double upstroke rolls, economy picking and more.
Then you’ll journey further in to the realms of advanced doom in a progressive manner; from relatively easy ideas, moving later into chaining multiple ideas together and finally culminating in a 3-minute performance challenge worthy of a true guitar wizard, utilizing many of the ideas and techniques presented along the way.??If you want to demystify the secrets of sweeping, take your playing to the next level, or maybe just brush up on your sweep picking and get some new ideas to escape ruts, this course will get you there!
?Ready to get started? Grab your guitar and let’s finally get sweep picking into your own toolbox!
NOTE! Terry Syrek organized the course into 8 weekly sections for those students that prefer to have a specified regimen of material across a specified time schedule. However, for those students who prefer to work at their own pace, or even skip around you are certainly encouraged to approach the course in that way as well.