Sweep picking. Wayne and Tal Farlow invented it back in the 40s. Frank Gambale perfected it in the 80s. Today, pretty much any player worth their salt can do it in their sleep, and those that can't wish they could. While speed is certainly one of the qualities that draws players to the technique, its the sonic quality of sweep picking that is far more compelling. Emulating blazing piano and sax lines is likely what inspired Wayne, Tal and Frank's pioneering of the technique. Whatever inspires you to master sweep picking will be well served in this collection of 50 Sweep Picking Licks You MUST Know from Bruce Arnold.
Bruce kicks off the course with an illuminating tutorial on best practices for pulling off the technique itself. He then demonstrates 13 of the most common chord forms used in sweeps in four different positions: Root, 1st inversion, 2nd inversion and 3rd inversion. That adds up to a staggering 52 different sweep patterns covering Major 7th, Minor 7th, Dominant 7th, Dominant 7th sus4, Minor 7th b5, Diminished, Minor Major 7th, Dominant 7th #5, Major 7th #5, Major 7th #11, Dominant 7th b5, Major 6th and Minor 6th.
All 52 of the sweeps are demonstrated over a rhythm track at both fast and slow tempos in the key of C. Multiply these moveable patterns by all 12 keys and you'll have countless of options. You'll learn how to practice the sweeps using the circle of 5ths (or "cycle 5" as Bruce calls them) so that you can play them all over the fretboard, in any key.
Once you learn the basic sweeps, Bruce will demonstrate how you can start or stop on any note to lead into different phrases, or repeat the sweep to lead into different melody notes of the same phrase. You'll learn how to add speed to a slow-moving melody or embellish a simple one; how to change the top note to create a new melody, or play the sweep slower to create a backing for a composition; or start on different strings and using different picking patterns to produce fresh melodic ideas.
Bruce also shows you how to extend your vocabulary even more with super-imposition: playing one tonality over another so their sounds combine into a third, more complex harmony. Because most chords are built on 3rds, any such chord can function as the upper members of another chord.
All of the sweeps are notated and tabbed on PDF and as Power Tab and Power Book files. All of the rhythm tracks that Bruce uses to demonstrate the sweeps over are included for your own practice purposes, along with an additional 108 rhythm tracks covering nine tonalities in all 12 keys. Bruce also includes other relevant charts and information to support the curriculum.
If you want to play faster, enrich your harmonic vocabulary, discover new ideas for soloing, or just understand what your favorite players are doing and how they're doing it, dig in to this collection of 50 Sweep Picking Licks You MUST Know.