Sweep Pick Basics

  • The fundamental aspects of sweep picking
  • Trade secrets exposed – easy enough for beginners
  • Role of the picking hand
  • Tricks for keeping patterns smooth and clean sounding
  • Sweep arpeggio explained
  • 3 string sweep patterns that utilize triads
  • How to use fretting hand to keep pattern clean sounding
  • Changing major sweeps to minor by moving a single note
  • 4 string sweep patterns
  • Practice tips

The exercises in this lesson are simple basics that you can master this week. When Dan wrote the lesson, his aim was at the guitarist that wants to add a little sweep to his life but doesn’t feel the need for total shred. This is sweep picking for the rest of us.

This is Dan’s third program covering sweep techniques. The first program was Sweep Pick Mechanics. If you’re already an accomplished player it should still be your first choice. Sweep Pick Mechanics starts at the beginning but moves through entry level sweep technique very quickly. Probably too quickly for an intermediate player.

Next, Dan Mumm put together the Sweep Pick Fundamentals program. With this lesson, he spent more time on the basics. Even so, we received a few comments that it just wasn’t basic enough. Then, we revised the program with a few more video close-ups but it’s still a little complicated for players that are new to the technique.

That brings us to Dan’s weekly lesson: Sweep Pick Basics. What’s different? We’ve listened to your comments and questions and this program addresses everything that we’ve heard. The following explanation is probably a little too technical for this description but here we go – we’re now using a third camera throughout the lesson. Previously it was necessary to shoot the guitar close-up videos at the end of the session. Inevitably information was forgotten or omitted. With a third camera, we always have a “guitar cam” so Dan is free to explain the technique with a close-up view of everything that he’s describing. This one flows like a “real” weekly lesson. Get started right now and a week from today you will have mastered this lesson.

Dan Mumm Explains Sweep Pick Basics
Having done two comprehensive Sweep Picking programs, Sweep Pick Mechanics and Sweep Pick Fundamentals, I’ve had the opportunity to dig down deep into the technique from a variety of different perspectives.  This program takes this information and applies it directly to a ground-up sweep picking course that will help players who are brand new to the technique grasp the basics in a simple and straightforward way – as well as give more advanced players a stronger foundation for their own technique.  While my previous two programs are collections of sweep picking patterns and exercises, Mechanics being advanced patterns and Fundamentals being basic through intermediate, this program teaches the underlying elements that allow these patterns to be mastered easily and with a broader understanding of what is happening within the technique and the various patterns themselves.

Sweep Pick Basics also teaches a method of understanding the structure of sweep patterns to allow the student to be able to find and build their own patterns with ease.  For lack of a better term, I’ll call this a “3-dimensional understanding”. Instead of simply memorizing various patterns and techniques, the student will be able to make connections between all of them to understand how it all works within the fretboard and the overall context of their playing. This program isn’t just a precursor to my previous programs, but a critical companion that will allow the student to get even more out of what is taught in both of my previous programs and unlock more potential in their overall playing ability and general understanding of the guitar.