Learn This Killer Sweeping Arpeggio Lick With Tapping

Check out this Killer Sweeping Arpeggio Lick With Tapping from Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman. Be sure to click the link for the free tabs that go along with this killer lesson.

Sweeping Arpeggio Lick


Hey everybody how’s it going? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you a Killer Sweeping Arpeggio Lick With Tapping that uses two different styles of arpeggios and then has some tapping included in it. So this is a movable shape and I’m doing this in E minor mostly just so for the close-up so everything’s close together so you can see both of my hands but it’s easily moved to in whatever key you want. So be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look at this Killer Sweeping Arpeggio Lick With Tapping.

Killer Sweeping Arpeggio Lick With Tapping

All right so the very first thing we’re going to do for this Killer Sweeping Arpeggio Lick With Tapping is this little E minor arpeggio. So for this particular one I’m starting off here with my third finger on the 14th fret of the D string and then we’re going to go to the 12th fret of the G, B and E strings; so it actually looks like the very first chord from stairway to heaven. It goes all the way up here but when you play it you don’t want to hear all those notes. So what I’m doing is this whole sweep picking technique and if you are new to sweep picking, if this is like the first time you’ve tried to do anything as far as sweep picking goes or you haven’t done a whole lot you’re going to probably want to work on the technique itself; I’ve done numerous videos on this subject, I’ll leave a link for one right here. But simply in a nutshell what we’re doing here is that when I play the note on the D string I’m just letting the pick come to a rest on the G string and then when I play that note I’m letting it come to a rest on the B string and then as I go up, when I go to the B string, I roll my finger here on my left hand up so that way it’s still touching the third string but it won’t ring… I just do that the rest of the way up… and each time you just let the pick come to a rest because with sweep picking it’s one long continuous down stroke or a long continuous upstroke. So then we go to the 14th fret of the high E with your third finger and that’ll be an upstroke, to the 15th fret is a down stroke… Then we’re going to slide up to 17 and we’re going to descend a major shape. So we slide up here to 17 we’re going to keep our first finger here on the 14th fret and now we’re going to do a pull-off to that 14 and then to the 15th fret of the B string… to the 14th fret of the G string. Then we’re going to ascend back up so; down, down, so far… Then from there we slide up to the 19th fret with your fourth finger and then your first finger will be on the 15th fret. Now we’re going to do a minor shape. So we’re going to pick after we slide up to 19 it’s a pull off to 15 to 17 on the B string to 16 on the G string and then to 17 on the D string and 19 on the A string… Then we just ascend back up, so back to the D string, back to the G string, back to the B string, back to the high E, 15 hammer 19 and then tap to the 24th fret…

Transposing To Another Key

Now like I said this Killer Sweeping Arpeggio Lick With Tapping is a movable shape, so if your guitar does not have 24 frets then you won’t be able to add that last note in there obviously, but if you’re doing this in a different key, if we just moved it down to a different key, then you’d have enough frets. So if you want to do it in E minor and you do not have 24 frets an alternative to it is after you ascend back up to 19 then just come up to the 22nd fret and do a full step bend… I just really like the way it sounds with the tap. So the whole sequence slowly… All right, so these shapes like I said are movable. So if like this first one here, the reason this is E minor is because that’s an E right there. So if we were to move it down a whole step so we’re on the 12th fret and then the 10th fret… now we just did the same sequence, but we moved it down a whole step, so instead of being an E minor now we’re in E minor; so those shapes like I said they’re movable. I’ve done some other lessons on this so if you just check out that link you can see what these other shapes are and like work with the actual technique.


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