FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS

FLUID PHRASING –
TASTEFUL SWEEPS

Truly mastering the sweep picking technique can really help you get a fluid quality in your phrasing.

This course will take you from the very basics, with the mechanics of the technique discussed in great detail, to where you start to really integrate the technique in your playing, without even thinking about it


FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS Intro
• The objective of the course, what I hope you will accomplish.
• Advantages of learning the different sweeping techniques to play great jazz lines.
• Course description, the 5 modules in this course.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 1
• What is sweeping
• Basic mechanics
• 4 string sweep
• Left/right hand coordination
• Similarities to playing pool
• From rest strokes to sweeps
• Right picking hand angles – side to side vs in and out
• Changing direction
• Playing clean

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 2
• 5 string sweep
• Moving the index finger fast within the sweep
• Muting unwanted strings with left hand

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 3
• 5 string sweep
• Adding a finger stretch

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 4
• 5 string sweep
• Rolling one finger over several strings
• Starting with a hammer-on

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 5
• 5 string sweep
• The human factor in jazz vs other music

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 6
• 6 string sweep – The big minor triad sweep

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 7
• 5 string sweep not following strict thirds pattern.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 8
• Fast Turning And Locking With The Beat
• Much more controlled movements
• Lock in with the beat of the music
• Includes practice tracks
• How to practice with a metronome (Highly recommended!!)

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 9
• Fast Turning And Locking With The Beat
• 8th note triplet sweeps
• Further controlling the right hand movements
• Turn directions plus one more note

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 10
• Drills focusing only on locking in with the beat playing 8th notes.
• Keeps stretching and attacking this technique from different angles.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 11
• Practice locking in playing triplets.
• Discussion on wether or not to pick everything in different situations.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 12
• 3 String Fast Turn
• Very revealing exercise if you’re not in complete control over your movements.
• Obvious how right hand position and picking angle shifts between downstrokes and upstrokes.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 13
• 4 String Fast Turn
• Same kind of exercise as the previous lesson, but on 4 strings, and one new arpeggio shape with pure 4ths.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 14
• What is a half sweep
• Why is it essential to master
• The situations you will find yourself in where you need a half sweep
• 4 string descending pattern

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 15
• Same half sweep right hand pattern, on different strings and shapes.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 16
• 4 string ascending pattern using half sweep technique.
• Figure out what works best for YOU.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 17
• Same half sweep right hand pattern, on different strings and shapes.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 18
• 3 string straight from descend to ascend, “turn on a dime”.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 19
• Adding one note to the pattern to make it 4 notes across 3 strings.
• Practicing tip for speed.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 20
• 4 string pattern that loops down and up, but can also be used as a sequenced element within other phrases.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 21
• Ascending/descending scale
• “Rules” of economy picking
• The basic mechanics.
• Rest stroke becomes sweep
• Get DEEP into the strings with solid technique.
• Have great velocity power available
• Dynamic range
• Practice musically, even scales.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 22
• Triplet based descending scale runs that you can use in your playing.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 23
• Simple and usable ascending scale pattern.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 24
• 2 String Descending Pentatonic Triplets
• Strong rhythmic statement

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• Ascending Pentatonic Triplet Pattern from every scale degree.
• Both 2 and 3 string pattern.

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 26
• Example Lick 1: 2 triads “hidden” inside a musical line
• Expanding vocabulary
• How learning gets easier
• Which licks to “keep”
• Don’t give up to easy
• Musical taste / physique
• About adapting from other instruments
• What is a natural musical line

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 27
• Example Lick 2: Moving Triads
• Arpeggio based lick with a rhythmic variation

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• Example lick 3: Scale Up 4ths Down
• Scale/chromatics/arpeggio on ascend
• 4ths pattern on descend
• How to easily make this idea sound “outside”
• Why does it work as an “outside” idea

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 29
• Example Lick 4: Pentatonic Descend
• Simple and clear pentatonic statement
• Half sweep and economy picking
• Importance of dynamics

FLUID PHRASING – TASTEFUL SWEEPS 30
• Example Lick 5: “Outside” Triads
• Another line that naturally combines scale movement, chromatics and arpeggios
• Hammer-ons vs picking tone
• Enclosure
• Final course conclusion