Ive been playing for more then 2 years now... Ive learned alot and I am good at everything but solos... Infact I cant play one to save my life... I started to learn Alternative and sweep picking... My issue is, i have been trying to learn some licks from my favorite artists. Ive been trying to play the Thunderhorse(A song by Dethklok) sweep solo in the beginning of the song(about 19 seconds in) and I cant do it. I am using a program called "Amazing slow downer" which slows the song so I can slowly learn the solo... I have tried soo hard to do it, and I cant do it without messing up, or being sloppy about it either... Its really making me mad cuz i mess up soo much that i get really pissed off at myself.
Can somebody please give me some method of learning sweep picking easily and allow me to get faster and faster at it? I really want to learn soloing...
Thank you all...
...As with all things? Troy Stetina has the answer.
Troy Stetina - Sweep Picking on Vimeo
To me, it helps to think about the related classical guitar concept of the rest-stroke, except with a pick--in other words, your pick is supposed to hit a string and then move to the consecutive one without rotating your wrist or moving the pick away from the strings. As far as fretting the sweeps, what you have to think about more than the notes (they're arpeggios, so they're all pretty predictable and easily-memorable patterns) you should focus very much on playing the notes cleanly, muting the previous note and employing hammer-ons and pull-offs to make the lines sound smooth (legato.) Also, practice them slowly to start, and then to build up speed you can do one of two things: you can either a) build up in speed gradually, or b) alternate between playing them as cleanly as you can slowly and then as quickly as you can sloppily to the point where the notes are still recognizable. I know that the second one sounds counter-intuitive, but it seems to work very well for me--I'm not sure why, but most of the time it does more for me than gradually building up speed. Eventually you'll be playing as precisely at the fast speed as you did on the very slow speed. I can't stress enough that you practice the technique a lot, and that the first few times you practice it very slowly and very precisely, being certain to get each note and stroke correct. Practice with a metronome (metronomeonline.com has a free one if you don't have a metronome, but I strongly recommend you get one if you don't have one already,) and go through several different patterns in your practice. Eventually, you will probably "get it," and will be sweeping marvelously.
But seriously, for specifics, the video I posted will be more helpful than I could be. Best of luck to ya and happy shredding!
BTW, did you notice that crazy guitar Troy was playing? That thing looked sick!