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Watch the Sweep Picking online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Gym: Sweep Picking

The sweep picking workouts you have before you are comprised of various approaches to playing triad, tetrad, and extended arpeggios that have both one-note-per-string and two-note-per-string instances. They were carefully designed to help put this essential playing technique under your fingers, but not without putting the time in. Here in Guitar Gym: Sweep Picking, you'll go from top three-string visions and progress all the way to full six-string visions, all the while doing this within a very calculated, intentional series of workouts.

In the Level 1 Workouts, you'll find arpeggios on the top three and four string sets. These are the string sets where you'll most likely use arpeggios for soloing and lick composition at first. Workout #1 eases you into the technique with ascending only arpeggios on the top three strings in various inversions of the same four chords. The key here is to fully understand and embrace the concept of "resistance." Without the string resistance property I talk about in the videos your sweep picking technique will be anything but. It's of paramount importance you develop your sweep picking correctly from the beginning otherwise it will be forever off, and unlearning bad habits will prove much, much difficult than learning it the right could ever be. Trust me.

To help ensure you stay focused and fresh throughout this crucial first workout, I planted what I call a "resting point" in the form of a quarter note rest on beat 4 of each bar after you play ascending sweeps for each arpeggio. That way your head and hands can have a chance to rest for a brief moment so you can get right back into the task at hand.

Workout #2 stays with triad arpeggios while introducing a super-common top string move where you employ a pull-off to break up the motion and sound while providing a resting point to possibly playing a descending sweep idea. Since descending sweeps are much more difficult, this workout merely plants the seed and only requires one lower note to be played after the pull-off that's not even in a sweep motion.

The final workout shifts the arpeggio flavor to top four string maj9's. Don't be intimidated, as they look and play like simple diagonal lines and flow nicely. These maj9's are perfect for jumping into your official first descending sweep patterns! The quarter notes on beats 2, 4 and 7 of each bar of 7/4 will serve as your resting points. Don't worry: You got this!