2012-05-16

Guitar Exercise of the Week

Stationary Waves reader ZK has been asking me to put together my long-ago promised second sweep-picking exercise, and I have finally gotten around to it.

This is a long exercise. Unlike the previous exercises, this one is more of a true etude, designed to be both musical and rigorous. There is no easy way to go about this, and nothing I can tell you to help speed it up. Pay attention to the pickstroke indicators so that you get the sweeps correct.

The denser arpeggios will sound jarring and dissonant when played at slow speeds, which should give you plenty of incentive to get them up to higher speeds more quickly.

As a final note, I had to break the exercise into five separate jpegs. I apologize for that.

Without further ado, here is "Study #1."