Sweep Picking and Arpeggios - Part 2 (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Greathouse

Sweep Picking and Arpeggios - Part 2

Nick teaches you some new sweep picking licks and demonstrates how to connect arpeggios together.

Taught by Nick Greathouse in Speed and Technique seriesLength: 24:48Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied on June 15th, 2012

Fantastic Nick thanks for this one bro'!

bdavis360bdavis360 replied on June 8th, 2012

Nick these lessons are so sick!! Thanks for the easy breakdown of each!! Keep em comin bro!!

gibstratgibstrat replied on December 30th, 2010

thx again nick , it will take me a while to get this one down

hugo_alsehugo_alse replied on July 29th, 2010

i want to be as good a nick lol

akelleyakelley replied on July 30th, 2009

nick idk if you check this comments but i really like your videos man helping myy chops alot your tone is kickass and id like to see a lot more from you.

icarusicarus replied on November 2nd, 2008

anyone else find rolling bit tricky? makes my hands hurt after a while lol

akelleyakelley replied on July 30th, 2009

yea it hurts my fingers where they arent calused

dalcorndalcorn replied on October 22nd, 2008

wow! that closeup 3/4 view of nick's hands while he's describing the picking pattern in scene 2 looks incredible on the "super high quality". The whole thing looks great!

VinnyBVinnyB replied on October 23rd, 2008

Thanks a bunch and I'm glad you like the new format.

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on October 20th, 2008

Was that a Tiger Woods fist pump?

VinnyBVinnyB replied on October 21st, 2008

No, it was a Nick Greathouse fist pump! Those fist pumps can cure the common cold, you don't even wanna talk about his metal horns, paranormal stuff.

vanslash1010vanslash1010 replied on October 20th, 2008

you make it look so easy!! but awesome lesson, keep them coming!

evilhedgehogevilhedgehog replied on October 18th, 2008

awesome lesson as always, and LOVE the super high quality version!!

itsmekeuhitsmekeuh replied on October 17th, 2008

Great Lesson Nick ! It helps me a LOT I practiced the C shape daily since the first sweeping lesson and it is not perfect yet, but its getting there.... cant wait for the next lesson ! I am really making big steps forward in my technique. Keep em coming Nick :-)

Speed and Technique

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

This exercise-heavy series serves to improve your playing dexterity, coordination, synchronization of your left and right hand, and speed building in the techniques of alternate picking, sweep picking, and legato.



Lesson 1

Alternate Picking Part 1

Nick starts his series with Alternate Picking part 1. Improve your timing, speed, and execution with this important lesson.

Length: 21:23 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Legato Playing Part 1

Nick lays down the building blocks for legato playing. Strengthen and improve your left hand skills in Legato Part 1.

Length: 12:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Sweep Picking and Arpeggios Part 1

Nick lays down the building blocks for sweep picking. Precision and relaxation are crucial when it comes to this technique.

Length: 21:27 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Alternate Picking - Part 2

Alternate Picking Part 2 will build up your technique by adding a second string.

Length: 21:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Legato Playing - Part 2

Nick takes Legato playing a step further with more advanced examples such as full scale patterns.

Length: 33:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Sweep Picking and Arpeggios - Part 2

Nick teaches you some new sweep picking licks and demonstrates how to connect arpeggios together.

Length: 24:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Alternate Picking Part 3

Nick covers 5 practice sequences in the key of A major that will beef up your alternate picking technique.

Length: 36:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Sweep Picking part 3

Nick teaches the basics of sweep picking with exercises that have helped him.

Length: 22:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Pentatonic Sequences and Techniques

Nick teaches exercises and techniques for the B Minor Pentatonic scale.

Length: 21:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Nick Greathouse View Full Biography Nick Greathouse was born on December 11th, 1980 in Canton, Ohio. He was exposed to many different musical styles from a very young age. Growing up in the "MTV generation" some of his earliest memories involve watching Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, and Guns n' Roses with his brother and cousin. His mother played piano, sang and filled the house with the sounds of singer-songwriters Cat Stevens, Jackson Browne and Elton John and his father was always listening to country music along with classic rockers Tom Petty and Bob Seger. He never had to look far to hear great music.

Though he was constantly surrounded by music, it wasn't until Nick heard his first Beatles album (Revolver) when he was 10 that he became interested in being a musician. Shortly thereafter, his older brother got an electric guitar which Nick began to play (while his bro was out of the house!). The moment his fingers touched the strings for the first time, he was hooked and had to have one of his own.

Throughout high school Nick took guitar lessons and would jam with his friends as much as possible, his skills on the instrument improved significantly. He would spend hours with his cd player learning Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix songs by ear. But after hearing Steve Vai's album "Passion and Warfare" guitar playing became an all out obsession.

After high school, at age 18, Nick began teaching guitar lessons at a local music store. He also entered the music program at Kent State University where he studied classical guitar with George Bachmann. During this time he performed many solo guitar recitals and also played with the guitar ensemble. When he honed his reading chops to a high level he started playing in pit orchestras and band for local theaters.

Nick took a break from Kent in 2004 when he moved to Hollywood, California for a short time to study at Musician's Institute (GIT). While there he had classes with Daniel Gilbert, Joy Basu, Tom Kolb, Carl Verheyen, and his private lesson instructor Jean-Marc Belkadi.

Nick returned to Ohio in order to finish his college education. He joined a local metal core band called Last Second Decision which was formed by his brother. During his tenure with Last Second Decision Nick began taking lessons from one of his heroes, Cleveland based guitar virtuoso, Neil Zaza. They became fast friends and since then Nick has gone on to perform with Zaza numerous times including television appearances, local club gigs and the holiday spectacular "Neil Zaza's One Silent Night" at Cleveland's Playhouse Square. Nick also appears on the 2007 CD "Neil Zaza's One Silent Night: A Night at The Palace".

Nick is a graduate of Kent State University (BA Music) and continues to teach privately at a music store in Kent, Ohio and also at his home. He is very excited to be a part of the JamPlay team!

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