Sweep Picking X

About Sweep Picking X

Level: Syn's Etudes

Sweep Picking X

Syn’s Tips

Head to the Comments section below to discuss and share videos of yourselves applying this to different Scales and Chord Progressions. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

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Adrian Dimension
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Adrian Dimension -I love the way of Syn to use Sweep Picking. 😎😍🎸
Slyde .
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Slyde . Papa gates or Syn... Please tell me what pick he is using in this video.. please!!?:) Thank you
Yoav Elbaz
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Yoav Elbaz oh im sorry it seems like a small pick about 1 mm maybe a bit less
Slyde .
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Slyde . obviously its syn im asking what pick he uses
John Doe
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John Doe this is beautiful
Chris Thake
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Chris Thake hey man, this is really great instruction. ive searched for a minute to get this level of training. im pumped to be in the community. much thanks to team Haner!
Chris Woytyshyn
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Chris Woytyshyn what kinda pick is that?
Michael Bauer
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Michael Bauer Syn really likes his G# bends at the end of a section haha
Elton Douglas
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Elton Douglas this parts of up and down the scale is it kills me the Sweep Picking makes it impossible and I can not do it, any tips synyster?
Michael Bauer
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Michael Bauer Hey! Thought I might be able to help. I'm sure exactly what you're asking but most of all issues people have with sweeps is the picking technique. It also just be your guitar but! regardless of that's your issue or not, if you play anything SUPER slow...over and over and over u till you hate it and don't want to play it anymore.....play it again Once you can do that in that speed in your sleep perfectly. Move up just a tiny bit of speed. Rinse and repeat. keep gaining speed over the course of a week, or maybe even a month and before you know it you'll be playing as good as syn. Again I wasn't sure of the question but I hope I helped.
Max Waters
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Max Waters Question for Brian Senior or Syn, is there any point to using my pinky for these sweeps, for the low strings I mean. It seems like such a stretch and I feel like I'm forcing my wrist round the neck too much. I've always struggled with my hand placement when sweeping.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Hard to answer. If you are using your pinky on everything except low notes on sweeps, I would say you're fine. If not: I always lean towards "more is better" when it comes to adding techniques to your toolbox. The reason your wrist is moving so much is simply because you're not used to stretching your pinky. Once you get used to stretching it, you will actually have less left hand/wrist movement. In my humble opinion, if you're playing with 3 out of 4 fingers - you are essentially playing at 75% of your potential. Having said that, Django did all of these sweeps with two fingers. If you're satisfied with your playing and you can play everything you want to play without using your pinky, then there's no reason to develop it. Every new technique comes down to weighing the benefits against the sacrifice. How much will developing your pinky benefit your playing? And are you willing to suck for the time it takes to develop it? Only you can answer these questions. Hope that helped.
Javid Huseynov
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Javid Huseynov Hey Syn I have a question and if u have an answer please respond. As you get better at playing, do you get more creative at solos or riffs? Or does the creativity comes naturally from you or from knowing a lot of music theory? If anyone knows something about this please respond too. Thanks 🙂
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Technique is a means to an end. It allows you to play what you hear. 99% of guitarists make the mistake of using scales and technique without thinking about the notes they are playing. Technique is there to serve your creativity and musicality. Start with a simple melody that sounds good to your ear. Then add some flash (fast scales, sweeping, etc., in-between your important melody notes. Syn's solos almost always contain slow held-out notes with long bends. Technique comes from your head. Musicality comes from your heart.
João Jófili
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João Jófili I absolutely love the Chord transition on this one! GIVES ME GOOSEBUMPS!!!!!
Hafiz Jumat
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Hafiz Jumat and thats cool syn..that cool..
Ethan Coffelt
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Ethan Coffelt My god syn i can only dream to play as good as you gotta keep practicin i guess lol
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere Wow! Im gonna practice did when im done practicing the Cantina band theme from star wars
Rohit Padhalni
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Rohit Padhalni thanks man for these amazing lessons. Your 1st lesson really helped me improve my sweep picking. thanks.
Joel Zhindon
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Joel Zhindon Gracias gracias gracias!!!!
Ireneusz Skorupa
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Ireneusz Skorupa How do you hit the high e while ascending from lower notes to higher? It's troublesome for me, I'm used to downstroking the string, then upstroking and doing a pulloff, but I want the whole sweep to be picked. I've noticed you're very quickly changing your right hand position after hiting the b string, but I can't see whether the next note is an upstroke or a downstroke, and what's the sequence and it's painfull to understand and I need help.
Justin Bowen
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Justin Bowen it tells you above the note whether to pick up or down on the note, the up arrow and the U are self explanitory
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates And slow the lesson down to its slowest speed
Syn Gates
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Syn Gates You have to play it as slow as it takes to be able to hit that impossible note. Once you can do it at a super slow speed, bump up a couple BPM on the Metronome. The ratio of time spent practicing things slowly to fast is about 3:1
Allen EL
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Allen EL This is a very good exercise. Helped my sweep picking already. Thank you
Ben Tzeegankoff
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Ben Tzeegankoff I like to believe this is what you do for Zack when you write guitar solos that he has to harmonize
Oisin McPhillips
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Oisin McPhillips i just jumped ahead to see whats in store, hot damn
Joel Salas
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Joel Salas just a comment passing through
Jessica Prieto
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Jessica Prieto Wowzers! I wanna play like you when I’m older.