Re: Sweep picking for the bass

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Posted by Bob on April 18, 2002 at 14:33:50:

In Reply to: Re: Sweep picking for the bass posted by gavin on March 06, 2001 at 13:58:42:

: : Hi, I head cool sweep picking for the guitar and I'm wondering if it's possible to do this on the bass. Can anyone try to explain how I can do it?

: : Thanks,
: : Brian1734

: Hi Brian,
yes, sweep picking is a do-able technique on the bass! Simply play an arpeggio with one sweep stroke, but after each note is played, release the pressure of that note-it should make a short sound but the next note played will also do this, and the next and so on until you reach the highest note in the scale. At this point, rake the pick back down and sweep each note you already played. Start off doing this slowly, and each note will start to sound in order. Build up the tempo and all the notes will begin to sound faster (and mistakes become less noticable!).

(up stroke) (down stroke)
E--12-------------------------12 (release the pressure of each note after you play it!)

Beware, you will probably need strong hands for this-I have quite big hands, and I have been at the bass sweep picking for a while now. It is easier for guitar players with their tiny strings-Satch, Vai and Paul Gilbert can pull off those fast sweep picked parts eaily because of strong hands and light strings.

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