Hi everybody. This is Darrin Goodman from guitarcontrol.com bringing you this little video lesson today. Today it’s using sweeping and I just wanted to kind of make it bluesy. I like sweep picking. I think it’s really cool, but a lot of times when you hear a lot of sweep picking it’s all so rooted in just being like a thing you hear in metal and neo classical kind of stuff. So I thought it would be kind of a cool way to mix together using a natural minor feel with a pentatonic minor feel. We’re in the key of E minor. Be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs. We’ve got our first little shape, A minor arpeggio just on the first four strings. So I’ve got 14, 12, 12, 12, just barring that 12 with my 1st finger. What we’re going to do is we’re going to sweep this. When you do a sweep with your picking hand you don’t want like down, down, down, down. You want one long, continuous motion. But when you’re playing this you don’t want it to be like you’re strumming a chord. I don’t know if you can see this very well, but as you come down you have to kind of mute those notes. So with my right hand as I’m coming across I’m dampening the notes by putting my palm across the bridge like a typical palm muting technique. And then with my left hand, as soon as I play the note I slightly release it so that way the note stops. And then with my 1st finger, I’m not just barred all the way as I go. This is kind of an exaggerated motion. I roll. You only have to lift it up just slightly, just enough so you’re not quite fretting the note and it will kill it. From there we slide down into an E minor arpeggio here. So we’ve got this first one, adding in this F sharp and this G. So right out of E minor, this would actually be like the last three notes of Mixolydian. I slide my pinkie up to the 19th fret and I put my 1st finger on the 15th fret so that way I can pull off and then go to 17 on the 2nd string just like that. From there were going to hook it up and try to put the bluesy rock riff or lick on top of that by sliding this note down to the 11th fret and then 12 on the 4th string with our 2nd finger and slide that to 14. This is where the bluesy lick comes in, just right out of E minor pentatonic. That’s 14, 12, 14, and then 14 on the 3rd string with a little bend and some vibrato just like that. That’s basically the entire lick. Were going to repeat the lick, but this time when we get to the end instead of bending the 14 here was going to go to the 15 on the 2nd string. See? Finally, were going to do it for the 3rd time and were going to go all the way to the 22nd fret on the 1st string. So hopefully you’ve got a guitar with 22 frets. We’re going to bend that note up to an E. If you have a 24-fret guitar, I guess you could just go to the 24th fret, but it’s kind of cooler with the bend. So the entire thing I hope you enjoyed that. Be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and until next time.
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