March 2015

How To Improve Your Sweep Picking Guitar Technique

There are many different problems that you may experience while trying to improve your sweep picking technique.  One of the most common problems with sweep picking is the inability to play cleanly so that each note is sounding separately.  There are many reasons and possible causes for this problem.  One of the reasons is due to applying a common myth that you should practice sweep picking with a clean guitar tone.  Many players erroneously believe that a clean sound makes it easier to hear mistakes.

This may be true for some techniques, but it is definitely NOT true when it comes to improving your sweep picking.  For example, let’s assume that when you play, some of your notes are ringing together creating a sloppy sound.  When this happens with a clean tone, most of the time you do not notice it, because it does not sound “bad” to your ears.  On the other hand, when you make the same mistake while playing sweep picking with distortion, you will instantly hear this mistake amplified 100 times!

So what you should do to improve your sweep picking is to begin practicing with DISTORTION most of the time, at a slow speed.  Make sure that only one note is heard at a time and that you are not hearing pitches bleed (ring) together.

When you first try this, you will be amazed at how many imperfections you will discover in your guitar playing.  This should only make you excited, because NOW you know exactly what is causing your sweep picking technique to break down or sound sloppy!  Once you become aware of the problem, it becomes MUCH easier to fix it!  I guarantee you that this one idea alone will result in you massively improving your sweep picking accuracy.

Another sweep picking issue that many guitarists struggle with is the rolling technique.  This technique occurs when 2 or more notes must be played on the same fret across 2 or more strings with the same finger.  Many guitarists confuse this technique with barring, when in fact it is NOT barring at all.  When you bar across strings, you are supposed to let the notes ring together.  With sweep picking, this is something you DON’T want to happen.

For the rolling technique in particular, practicing with distortion is going to help you become aware of when your playing does not sound clean.  What you should do is play slowly, one note at a time, and listen critically to the sounds you are making.  If you hear the notes bleeding together, you must stop and fix the problem before continuing.

Fortunately, there is a steep learning curve with sweep picking, and once you get over the initial frustration, the technique suddenly becomes much easier.  I have seen this happen over and over again with hundreds of guitar players whom I have helped to successfully learn how to sweep pick on guitar (as well as improve other musical skills).  If you would like for me to help you master this skill in minimum time, visit this online electric guitar lessons page and tell me more about yourself in the evaluation form.

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Commotion by Creedence Clearwater Revival(CCR)-How To Play-Easy Guitar Tutorial



Easy Guitar Tutorial teaches you how to play Commotion by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR). The intro, chords, lyrics, and strumming pattern shown for easy learning. I would like to invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel below. Also, please LIKE, SHARE, and COMMENT if you enjoy this guitar lesson tutorial. Thanks for watching!

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Come Together by The Beatles-How To Play-Easy Guitar Tutorial



Learn how to play Come Together by The Beatles in this easy guitar tutorial. Intro, chords, and lyrics added making for easy playing. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube Channel below. I appreciate your likes, and shares also. Thank You for watching.

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Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band-How To Play-Easy Guitar Tutorial



Easy guitar tutorial teaching you how to play Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band. Intro, chords,lyrics, and strum pattern added for easy playing. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel below. Your likes, shares, and comments welcome.

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Cold Day In The Sun by Foo Fighters-How To Play-Easy Guitar Tutorial



In this easy guitar tutorial, learn how to play Cold Day In The Sun by the Foo Fighters. Intro, chords, lyrics, and strum pattern shown for easy playing. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel below. Your likes, shares, and comments welcome. Thanks for watching.

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Keeping steady guitar strum rhythms

Learn How to Play Guitar Strum Patterns and Create Consistent Guitar Strumming Rhythm

Learning to get a good, steady guitar strumming rhythm is very important for all guitar players.  Uneven strums sound bad and are difficult for the listener to follow and feel very uncomfortable for the guitar player.  You can improve your sense of timing and rhythm as you learn how to play guitar strum patterns by becoming aware of what a steady tempo is and how to maintain it as you play.  Today we will learn how to keep it steady and get rid of breaks in your guitar strumming rhythm.

Let’s look at locking in our guitar strumming rhythm using some four count rhythm patterns (this means we are going to count to four over and over and use this as the basis for our rhythm pattern—a very common rhythmic division in music.)

Please do not be fooled by the apparent simplicity of this lesson—it is extremely important and is really the foundation for developing more complex guitar strumming rhythm patterns. Without this steady foundation you will encounter a large amount of difficulty as you learn how to play guitar strum patterns.  Mastery of the concepts and techniques in this lesson will pay massive dividends in all areas of your guitar playing and general musicianship forever.

Let’s start by playing a G chord with our four count rhythm pattern.  Start out by counting out loud at a slow, steady tempo “1  2  3  4” and strum the G chord on the “1” of the next four count cycle, like this–make sure you count out loud:

 

Count:123412341234
Strum:GG

Note: You will get much greater benefit out of this if you record yourself—it doesn’t have to be fancy, you can use your phone, just something so you can listen back.

Keep counting out loud and strum the G chord on the “1” each time.  Really focus and notice the following:

  • Is your tempo even?  Your counts should not speed up, slow down, or be rhythmically uneven.
  • Are you strumming the G chord “exactly” on the “1” each time?  Is it a little bit early or late?  This is why you want to record yourself—so you can listen back and critically hear whether your strum on the G matches up directly with your voice on the “1.”

This may seem simple, but in reality is really the key to becoming a great guitar player and strummer.  Many guitar players jump right into trying to learn how to play guitar strum patterns and complex guitar strumming rhythms.  These are important, but not at the expense of building an excellent rhythmic feel.  Otherwise, any guitar strum pattern you play will not sound good, steady and tight.

Use a metronome—start by setting at 60 BPM (beats per minute.)  Count out loud on each click and strum the chord on the “1” each time.  Record yourself playing this for a few minutes and listen back.  Be critical—are you really strumming the chord EXACTLY on the “1” each time.  You may be surprised when you first begin to practice guitar strumming rhythms like this.  By focusing your practice on being perfectly in rhythm you will quickly build a strong sense of rhythm and timing that will make it much easier as you move into more interesting and complex strum patterns.

Remember that developing this sense of timing is a large fundamental part of becoming a great guitar player and overall musician.  Learning how to play guitar strum patterns must be paired with learning to maintain a steady rhythm and tempo feel.

Practice hitting the “1” with your strums—right on the “1” every time.

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Change The World by Eric Clapton – How to Play – Easy Guitar Tutorial



Learn how to play Change The World by Eric Clapton in this easy guitar tutorial. The chords, lyrics, intro, and strum pattern added making for easy playing. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel below. As always, I welcome your likes, shares, and comments.

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Cat’s In The Cradle By Harry Chapin – How To Play – Easy Guitar Tutorial



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Carefree Highway by Gordon Lightfoot – How To Play – Easy Guitar Tutorial



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California Girls by The Beach Boys – How To Play – Easy Guitar Tutorial



In this easy guitar tutorial, learn how to play California Girls by The Beach Boys. Included are the intro, chords, lyrics, and strumming pattern. I invite you to subscribe to my YouTube channel below. Your likes and shares welcome. Thanks for watchin.

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