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Sweep Picking Licks In G Lick 1
This three string sweep picking lick in G major begins on the tenth fret on the first string. Pull-off to the seventh fret on the first string, pick the eighth fret on second string with an upstroke with the pick. The third string is played with a down stroke with the pick on the seventh fret. Beat two is on the eighth fret with a down stroke with the pick, moving to the first string on the seventh fret with a down stroke.
Notice at this point the lick begins with a single pull-off. At the end of beat two going into beat three there is a double pull-off. The lick ends with a single pull-off before starting over. The first measure of this lick outlines a G major chord. (G B D) This major chord arpeggio shape can be easily transposed to any chord.
The second measure of this lick is the same idea only it outlines a B minor chord shape rather than a major chord. Start on the fourteenth fret on the fourth string with a pull-off to the tenth fret. The stretch is a little bigger with a minor chord shape, but everything else is the same single pull-off to double pull-off pattern.
Look at sweep picking as a series of rest strokes with the pick, where your dropping your pick into the next string rather than picking the next note normally. It’s important to start slow and gradually work this up to speed.
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