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Sweep it under the Rug (Guitar Lesson)

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Sweep it under the Rug

Take the same ascending drill from the last lesson, move it around a bit more, and reverse it. It's even harder going down! Take it slow!

Taught by Bumblefoot in Bumblefoot's Artist Series seriesLength: 10:43Difficulty: 4.5 of 5

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So we did a previous lesson where we were doing ascending riff going in these little sweep picking three string patterns that went.

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Now we're going to reverse it, we're going to start at the top and take the same notes and we're going to reverse everything including the picking.

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So now those three string patterns are going to go down, up, up, up, down.

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Look at this hand right here.

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Down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down, down up, up, up, down.
Speed it up a little bit.

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Speed up a little more.

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And a little more.

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A little more.

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A little more.

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Alright let's put the notes in there now.

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So we have eighth fret, fifth fret on the first string, second string sixth fret, third string seventh fret and fifth fret.

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You can see what fingers I'm using there to.

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Down, up, up, up, down.
Down, up, up, up, down.

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Speed up a little.

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Speed up more.

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Speed up more.

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Now let's go to the next strings.

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So same thing only we're going to move up a string and down a fret.
So now we have.

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Down, up, up, up, down.
Down, up, up, up, down.

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Down, up, up, up, down. Down, up, up, up, down.
Down, up, up, up, down. Down, up, up, up, down.

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Speed it up a little bit.

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A little more.

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Little more.

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Little more.

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Little more.

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Ok so let's connect the two together so we're going to have this, going right into this and they connect with these two down strokes in a row.

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Down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down.

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Down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down.

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Speed it up a little bit.

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Now let's take it another string.

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We're going to go from here, to here.
We're going to move up, string up, fret over.

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Take it slow.

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Little faster.

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Little faster.

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Little faster.

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Little faster.

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Little faster.

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Alright let's connect the one before it, into that one.

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Connecting the same way, down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down.

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Slower, slower.

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Now let's speed up.

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A little faster.

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Little faster.

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Little faster.

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Ok, now let's connect all three of those pieces.
You have.

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So we've got down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down.

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A little faster.

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Little faster.

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Last batch of strings we have the fourth, fifth and sixth strings and it's the same thing.

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We're going to go down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down.

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A little faster.

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Little faster.

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Little faster.

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Let's take the one before it and connect it to that.

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So we've got down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down.
Down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down.

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Fighting gravity.

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Let's take the one before that, so now we're going to connect this piece, to this one, to this one.

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So we've got, down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down.

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Ok, last one, we're just going to connect all four of them so we have.

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That goes down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, up, up, up, down.

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That's a tricky one.

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Personally I find it easier to kind of go this way than go that way.

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This also makes this a good one to work on because it's fighting that.

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So have fun with that.

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It's just purely for the fingers and coordination and things like that

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and it's definitely something very helpful for sweeping and not just the long sweeps but ones that you can sort of break up and use.

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Yeah, yeah, enjoy.


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