Sweep Picking Basics (Guitar Lesson)


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James Malone

Sweep Picking Basics

James takes you through the basics of sweep picking arpeggios.

There a couple times in this video where James refers to a note by the incorrect name. The correct note names are included under the "Supplemental Content" tab. Also, James mis-spoke at the end of the lesson when he referred to the major scale chord formula as major- major when in fact it is major-minor and so on.

Taught by James Malone in James Malone Artist Series seriesLength: 9:28Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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donnydarkodonnydarko replied on November 3rd, 2014

I enjoy your lessons. The way that you can talk to beginners and advanced guitarists simultaneously makes revisiting your videos easy. Please keep it up!

pacharya92pacharya92 replied on December 28th, 2012

I thought the second diatonic chord, which is the ii chord was always minor. For example in the key of C the ii chord is D F A which is minor. At 9:01 James says it is major. It's all good though! Still an amazing lesson! The shapes are what matters anyways and moving them all around the fretboard. Loving this series!

0427owen0427owen replied on October 6th, 2010

cheers mate, another chapter in the guide to shredding

robabrobab replied on September 25th, 2010

Why do they show the guitar upside down????

chodypthchodypth replied on September 27th, 2010

Its an overhead view perspective, so what I'd look like if you were behind the guitar. Good stuff, excited for more.

robabrobab replied on September 28th, 2010

Dosent make any sense to me.It just makes akward to see. Still looking forward to more lessons.

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on September 28th, 2010

Robab: Do you use tablature? With the guitar at this angle it closely matches the layout of guitar tablature. Think of it as live tab in a way. Also the fingers don't cover up other fingers as much with this view so it should make it easier to understand what is happening on the fretboard once you get used to it.

robabrobab replied on September 29th, 2010

Thank you for the explanation. I just think it would be better the other way, but understand your point.

dinoszo6dinoszo6 replied on September 28th, 2010

Always good to see someone elses perspective on differnt techniques, great lesson :) By the way am i the only one that seems to be missing James lesson where he did a practice routine, I dont see that anymore?

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on September 23rd, 2010

I am sorry man you weren't supposed to see those! The good news is as soon as I get supplemental content for them they will be up again very soon. Thanks for you patience!

tomruggieritomruggieri replied on September 24th, 2010

Shucks. At least I have something to look forward to.

tomruggieritomruggieri replied on September 22nd, 2010

I would have been happy with one new lesson, but, five new lessons in one shot!! Life just doesn't get any better.

James Malone Artist Series

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James Malone teaches intermediate to advanced lessons on various topics in his style of death metal guitar.



Lesson 1

Sit Down with James Malone

Enjoy an exclusive interview with James Malone from the death metal band Arsis.

Length: 23:11 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Series Primer Lesson

James covers some basic materials in this lesson that will prepare you for the more advanced lessons that follow.

Length: 9:10 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Right Hand Technique

James explains some rhythmic techniques that are common in metal guitar playing.

Length: 16:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Sweep Picking Basics

James takes you through the basics of sweep picking arpeggios.

Length: 9:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

The Patterns of the Modes

James takes you through seven patterns of the major scale and explains how each one corresponds to a mode.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Basics of Tapping

James explains how he uses two-handed tapping.

Length: 12:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The Importance of Proper Fingering

James talks about the importance of consistent fingering and shows his method of fingering scales.

Length: 8:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Practice Routine

James shows you the practice routine he used in his formative years.

Length: 33:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Right and Left Hand Muting Techniques

James covers some techniques that will clean up your technique.

Length: 6:29 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Writing in the Style of Arsis

James explains the compositional techniques employed in three Arsis songs.

Length: 16:03 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Seventh Chords And Arpeggios

James explains how to play seventh chords as arpeggios.

Length: 9:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Tapping Arpeggios

James explains how to tap arpeggios for extended musical reach.

Length: 8:15 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 13

Combining Tapping and Sliding

James shows how to add slides to tapped arpeggios.

Length: 4:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Sweeping and Tapping

James shows how the combination of sweep picking and tapping can create some fresh new sounds.

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Placing Limitations

James teaches ways to be more creative by placing limitations on yourself. He uses four examples that demonstrate just how far the pentatonic scale, chromaticism, and tapping can take you.

Length: 12:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Tapping Fully Diminished Arpeggios

James explains how to play fully diminished seventh arpeggios with the tapping technique.

Length: 4:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Scale Fragments

James shows how to move around the fretboard by playing small repeating scale patterns.

Length: 3:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Bending

James shares some tips that will help you keep your bends in tune.

Length: 7:14 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

Interesting Harmony

James shares some harmonic concepts that can be applied to riffs in a metal style. He covers diatonic as well as non-diatonic harmony.

Length: 25:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Singing And Playing

James Malone shares some tips that will help you sing while playing guitar.

Length: 10:11 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only

About James Malone View Full Biography James Malone is in a band called Arsis. Arsis is an American death metal band from Virginia Beach, Virginia, formed in 2000. The band is currently signed to Nuclear Blast. He has a pretty loyal following of guitar players and has decided to share is knowledge with JamPlay.com.

He has put together one hell of a series for all you metal heads out there. You'll learn everything from basic techniques to how to sing (growl?) and play at the same time.

Furthermore, he's taken the time to record some kickass licks for our lick & riff library. He has also taught a handful of Arsis songs for you to learn.

James is a great addition to the JamPlay metal instructor army!

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