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Superhuman
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Superhuman
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03/21/2006 3:00 pm
There are a lot of differrent ways to sweep the same set of notes. Here's the one and only exercise I do for sweeping:

Some of the patterns below are easy others are a lot more challenging. The point of the whole exercise is to get fluidity without getting trapped into being a "one trick poney" when it comes to the patterns.

h = hammer on
p = pull off
s = slide
t = tap (hammer) with the right hand

(PS as each arp ends it starts the next 1 off)

E----------------7-------------------------7
B--------------7--7----------------------7--7
G---------4-h7-----7-p4---------------7-----7
D-------4---------------4-----------9--------9
A-----5-------------------5-------9------------9
E---7-----------------------s7-h10---------------10-p9

E--------------------------------------------------
B-------------------12-------------------------------------
G----------------11---11--------------------------11-h16-p11
D----------9-h12--------12-p9---------------9-h12------------12
A--------9---------------------9-----------9--------------------14
E--7-h10------------------------10-p7-h10-----------------------14-10

E--------------------------------------------------14-h19-14
B--------------7-h12-p7-------------------------15----------15
G------------7----------7---------------------16---------------16-----
D----------9-------------9------------7-12-16--------------------16
A--------9----------------9---------7-------------------------------17
E--7-h10-------------------10-p7-10
the Gambale arp above can be picked (without hammer or pulls) all the way to the top hammer on due to the 7-12-16 (up, down,up)

E-------------------------------------------------------------15-h19-t24
B------------------------------------------------------12-h17
G-16-s11-----------------------------------------9-h12
D--------12---------9---------------------------9
A----------14-p9-----9---------9--------2-s7-10
E----------------10----10-9-10---7-0-h3

end doing a difficult Rusty Cooley sweep from lowest E to highest E

Try each of the arps above then pick out the ones that work easiest.

Another great way to practice sweeps is to score the phrases out in midi and set the arpeggio to loop. PLay it slowly at first and once you have mastered the tempo (most difficult when starting) and fingering, speed things up.

Hope that helps.