Sweep Up More Stuff! (Guitar Lesson)

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Sweep Up More Stuff!

Slackers beware! Bumblefoot introduces another picking variation and connects the ascending and descending sweeping patterns for one mind and finger boggling exercise. Whatever you do, DON'T CHEAT! Practice the picking exactly as you're shown and keep it clean. You'll be amazed at what this will do for your playing!

Taught by Bumblefoot in Bumblefoot's Artist Series seriesLength: 11:59Difficulty: 5.0 of 5

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So now I want to expand a little bit on what we wee doing with the

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and I want to add a few things that sort of change it up and add more to it.

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Just more stuff, more stuff, ok.

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So we have this the up, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, down, up.

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Now from here we're going to just throw in another up in between back to this note to take it back to the beginning so this.

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So now you can do this with it.

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And you can add that in there to, yes.

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So let's take it so, we're going to do up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, up.

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Next string.

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Same thing.

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Up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, up.

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There you go.

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Let's put them together, we're going to have
Up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, up. (x2)

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Yeah! So.

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Now we're going to do the next string.

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So you have the same thing.
Up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, up.

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Let's put the one before it, into that one. So we have
Up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, up. (x2)

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Let's make it hard.

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And the last string.

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Up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, up.

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Let's take the one before it and put it into it.

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So we have again.
Up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, up. (x2)

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A little faster now.

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Now let's put three together so we'll have.

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There we go.

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Sometimes you just got to squeeze the pick more, so yeah.

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Let's go to this batch, to this batch, to this batch.
We'll do those three.

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And do not cheat on the picking.
If you are cheating, you're cheating yourself.

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What's the point of even watching this then.

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I just had to say that.

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So yeah, seriously, keep an eye on the picking.

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Up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, down, up, down, down, down, up,

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up, down, down, down, up.

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Do not stray from that or you're just not doing it.

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Let's try all four.

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A little faster.

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Alright, now let's mix them up a little bit.
Some of them will just go one time into it.

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Others we'll do that back.
So let's try doing this one just.

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And then this one doing.
Ok, so we got.

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Up, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, down, up.

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Let's try the same thing on the next batch of strings.

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Up, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, down, up.

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And the next batch of strings.

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Up, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, down, up.

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Now let's try three, we're going to go.

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Now let's try it where the middle one does it.

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Any variation you can make.

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Alright that should keep you busy for a while just coming up with variations of that.

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So work on that and again don't cheat on the picking.

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Up, down, down, down, up, up, down, down, down, up, up, up, down, down, down, down, up.

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Very Good.
Thank you.


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samuelparksamuelpark replied

Isn't what he's showing us economy picking?

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied

Economy picking is similar to sweep picking but only on 2 adjacent strings.

ledguitarledguitar replied

sounds horrid if I was going to do this I would just tap this it sounds better and does not sound so brash I hope this guy can something more use full. maybe call this excersice spider fingers and video game sounds...

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied

Tapping this kind of sequence would be cool too! The point here is that Bumblefoot is helping you to break the 'common' up down nature of sweep picking with a difficult physical technique using a simple pattern. Try taking this technique and changing the notes around to make it more musical once you have it down. That's the true challenge! Imagine taking this in to C Lydian after a nice melody has been played!

eamsmedeamsmed replied


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