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Sweeps

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by brutalmetalguy, Nov 25, 2003.


  1. I need some help with a technique.

    I have been practicing sweeps for about a week now, and they are HARD! Does anyone have any suggestions that would make them easier?

    Thanks very much for everyone's help. I really appreciate it.
     
  2. I forgot to mention that I play with my fingers, and never use a pick. So, if anyone has any suggestions reguarding sweeps with your fingers, please help me. Thanks.
     
  3. thrash_jazz

    thrash_jazz

    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    There are many ways to do them, but the way I do them is to use one finger per string while ascending and "rake" the strings with one finger while descending.

    Another thing I've been practicing is raking with my thumb while ascending.

    BTW, the bassist for Cryptopsy is Eric Langlois. :)
     
  4. Hey man, thanks. I really appreciate your help, and I'll give it a try.
     
  5. thrash_jazz

    thrash_jazz

    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    No problem, and welcome to TB!
     
  6. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    What is a sweep? I haven't heard the term before.


    Thanks, Dan
     
  7. A sweep, somebody please correct me if I am wrong, is an arpeggio played in two "sweeps", up and back down. (I think it is an arpeggio, I don't know much about what certain structures are called... Nobody ever taught me.) But, that is what I think it is...

    An example would be something like this:

    G--------------3-5-7-5-3-------------------------
    D------------5-----------5----------------------
    A----------7---------------7---------------------
    E------------------------------------------------
    B------------------------------------------------

    That being played quickly, in two "rakes", or "sweeps", up then down. Hammer-on and pull-off
    the middle three notes.
     
  8. thrash_jazz

    thrash_jazz

    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    Correct - it's basically a very quick arpeggio.

    The difference is that each note is not individually plucked (when using a pick, at least) - it is "swept", using the same picking motion as when playing a chord.
     
  9. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Thanks. Very helpful. I now have a new exercise. :D

    Dan
     
  10. Darren R

    Darren R

    Sep 25, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Check out the bass lessons on www.bassically.net for sweeping exercises and further instruction.

    Cheers
     
  11. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB