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Guitar Control presents instructor Darrin Goodman with an Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping Lesson. Be sure to get the tabs so you can easily follow along with this killer free Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping guitar lesson.
Hey everybody how’s it going? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson and today I want to show you some Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping that just uses an arpeggio and then one note that we’re going to tap. So I’m going to show you how to do it as a major shape and I’m going to show you how to do it as a minor shape and this is a movable shape. So we’re going to be doing it with the D major and we’ll do the shape with D minor, but it’s a movable shape so you can just move it around wherever you want. This is just a nice neutral place where the frets are a little closer together to make it easier when you’re first starting it, but not so close together that everything’s cramped. So be sure to click on the link so you can get the tab so you can follow along with this Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping lesson. Let’s get close up and take a look at what we’ve got going on in this Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping.
All right so the first thing we’re going to go over for this Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping is just the arpeggio shapes themselves. So these are arpeggios that are based just off of the first five strings so we will not be using the low E in these shapes, we’ll just start on the A string and ascend up to the high E and then descend back down to the A string.
So let’s first let’s look at the major shape for Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping, these arpeggios are in the root position meaning that the lowest note is going to be the root note, so in this case it’ll be a D and then the next note will be the third and the next note will be the fifth. So for those of you that don’t understand what I’m referring to is when you play a major chord or a minor chord it is what is called a triad, so it has three notes, so it’s the for the major it’s the first, third and fifth notes of the major scale and then for the minor we just take the third and flatten it a half step. So in root position they are in that order the lowest note is the root, the middle note is the third and the highest note is the fifth. So you have also what are called inversions where you mix that up, but we’re not going to get into that today, we’re just going to look at these root position. So we’re going to start off here on the 17th fret of the A string, which is D, and then 16 on the D string with your third finger. So I’m using my fourth finger for the A string and then my third finger for the D string and then my first finger is going to go to the G string on the 14th fret, so that’s D, and then we have our third which is f sharp and then our fifth which is A. Now moving on to the B string, now we’re back we’re up to the 15th fret, I’m gonna use my second finger. So we’re back to one again here we’re on D again, so we went one, three, five, one and now to the high E, we’re at the 14th fret, first finger and that’s our third to the 17th fret with our fourth finger, that’s our fifth, so one, three, five, one, three, five. So the first thing you’re going to want to do is just memorize that sequence.
Now like I said it’s a movable shape, so the reason that this is D major is because we’re starting here on D, so if we moved it down to the 12th fret, that’s an A and we did this same shape, now we’re playing in A major. Okay so that’s for our major shape for Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping.
Now let’s look at our minor shape for this Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping. Now like I said the only difference between the major and the minor is that the third is flattened a half step. So here we’re going to start off the same place on the 17th fret of the A string fourth finger and now when we move to the D string. Instead of going to the 16th fret, because that’s our major third, we’re going to go to the 15th fret, that’s our minor third. So now we’re going to use our second finger, so the A string 17th fret, fourth finger, to the 15th fret of the D string with my second finger, to the 14th fret of the G string with my first finger and then back to the 15th fret of the B string with my second finger and now that’s our one again. So our third before was on the 14th fret, but now it’s minor, so we’re flattening it a half step, so 13th fret of the high E with your first finger, 17th fret of the high E with your fourth finger. So the first thing you’re going to want to do is just memorize those two shapes and get them to where you’re not having to think about it so that just like you have a good muscle memory of what the shape is for Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping.
Now what we want to do is we want to take a look at what we’re doing with our picking hand is doing in Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping. So for this we’re doing the sweep picking technique. So what that means is that we’re starting on the A string and we’re doing a down stroke from there and then we go to the D string it’ll be another down stroke. So what you really want to do is you want to is when I hit the A string with the down stroke I let the pick come to a rest on the D string and then when I play the D string I let it come to rest on the G and so on and so forth. So it’s you don’t want like several down strokes like that. You want one long continuous down stroke. Now since there’s two notes on the high E, if you wanted to pick all of it you’d be down, down, down, down, down and then an upstroke when you go to there, but what I generally do is I just do a hammer-on, so I’m down, down, down, down, down, hammer, pull and then when we go back the other way, it’s up, do the same concept, so we’re going to pick and let the pick come to a rest on the G string and then when we pick it let it come to a rest on the D string and then let it come to rest on the a string. Okay so getting the sweeping technique down is probably the most challenging part of this, so if you already know how to do this, then you know this will be pretty simple, but if this is a new thing for you I really recommend that you put in some time, really focus on that go nice and slow so everything is that one motion.
When I first tried to do this I just didn’t think it would be something I’d ever be able to do, but just like all things in life, anything that’s worthwhile you have to work for it, just like this Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping lesson.
Okay so now for the Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping what we’re going to do now is we’re going to add in one more note on the high E. So we’ll start off here with our major shape. I do that hammer-on and now I come up and I tap the 20th fret with my middle finger on my picking hand so that way I can still hold the guitar pick. So ascend, tap, pull, pull, and descend. Now as you can see when I come over here I do the tap and then I come back to pick. So sometimes you see people are doing it up here, you know they’re picking up higher so that way they don’t have to move their hand back and forth. While there are some things that I think that could be really good and beneficial for, as a general rule I think it’s a bad idea because you really want to be able to get back into the correct place. So we’re tapping that 20th fret which is D, so we are we’re just starting the process over again, if you had more frets you could like slide up to the third or whatever. So if you play this in a lower place on the neck you could actually do that. Now when we go up here the last note in the arpeggio is on the 17th fret and then we’re tapping the 20th, so that’s one, two, three, four, five frets away. Now you’re going to want to remember that so that way you can play this in a different key. So if I try it here, in A, starting on the 12th fret; one, two, three, four, five, seventeenth fret and it’ll always be that same space. So if you wanted to do that other thing I was talking about you tap 17 then you’d slide up to the third, which is two whole steps away, so the 21st fret, then back down and pull-off. So I would really recommend working on it the way the tab shows just to get that down and then you can spice it up and add some other stuff in there. Okay so now let’s look at the minor shape. So for the minor shape it’s the same idea, starting here on 17 again and again I’m tapping the 22nd fret because that is our tonic, that’s our root note, and from there one, two, three, four, five frets away just like with the major, so it’s really the same thing. Now I know that sounds a little bit strange to play a major and a minor back and forth rooted from the same place, but this is a really good way to practice this and get it down for this Epic Sweeping Arpeggios With Tapping lesson.
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