Drill of the Week #38 – Finger Roll A Shape Sweep Arpeggios

richardsguitarstudio on December 2, 2014


Ahhhh ARPEGGIOS! Love ’em or hate ’em, sweep arpeggios are an attention-getter and a sure-fire way to add flash to your solos. Sometimes, there are multiple notes on the same fret – but lined up one string after the next. So, you should NOT bar these. Barring will create a bunch of noise and the effect of the rapid fire notes in successive skips will be lost. So, what do you do? ROLL your finger. Here are a few tips:

  1. When rolling up (ascending pitches) start with your finger on the tip, then slightly bend and roll. For example, if you are playing 12 fret notes on the D then G then B strings using your 2nd finger, start on the tip of the 2nd finger on the D string, slightly bend the tip/small joint to play the G string (at the same time releasing pressure from the D string), and flatten the knuckle the rest of the way to play the B string (at the same time releasing pressure from the G string). So the D string is played with the tip, the G string with the pad, and by the end of the roll, you’ll be playing the B string about 1/3 of the way down your finger.
  2. Reverse this process for rolling down (descending pitches). Start flat in a bar position, and reverse the process by slightly bending each knuckle until you end on the D string on the tip of your finger.
  3. Sweep arpeggios are best done with rest strokes. When picking, don’t play a series of individual notes. Let the pick fall and rest on the adjacent string. More on that here – Drill #2 Sweep Picking.

Nate from Richards Guitar Studio shows you how to play finger roll A shape sweep arpeggios technique. Learn how to sweep pick arpeggios fast in this shred guitar lesson. In the style of Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Rusty Cooley.

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