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Sweeping Technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by PerpetualBass, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. PerpetualBass


    Mar 13, 2009
    I'm still developing my sweeping technique, and I was wondering if anyone had any insight or ideas that would help me.

    I play fingerstyle and generally use the index and middle, but I am trying to incorporate the ring finger into my playing. Whereas some players use their thumb to sweep up, I try to finger as many notes in my ascent as possible. This is where most of my problems stem from.

    In the higher range (tuned to D standard, my C and F strings), I have what I consider to be the 'correct' amount of string tension, I'm able to tap with my right hand and maneuver my left hand the way I want. In the lower register (D and G) however, It seems like there isn't enough resistance and the strings don't come back when I need them to. This results in a lot of low-end mud.

    I'm thinking of purchasing DR Strings, I play medium-gauge Black Beauties currently. I thought that their heavy-gauge strings with a tapered core would give me the extra string tension I need. On a 34" scale, 4-string B.C. Rich Beast, is this a good idea?

    Also, any patterns or forms of sweeps & arpeggios are welcome and very much needed.
  2. there a thread a couple weeks ago where I gave some examples on different right hand techniques for sweeping. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=521742

    As for the tension problem, it is a problem I share with you and am still trying to fix. So I'm looking forward to info on that too.
  3. The Factory

    The Factory

    Mar 8, 2009

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