Tapping & Sweeping

Hello and welcome,

Today I would like to talk a bit about sweeping and tapping. Everybody does it, everybody loves it! What I would like to show you is a way to spice it up, By taking the idea and expanding it. We'll start by sweeping a C Major arpeggio starting at the 5th string fifteenth fret. Next we will start the decending arpeggio by tapping a High Octave C on the 1st string 20th fret. Now this is were we start the fun!! Pull off to the 1st string 15th fret and again to the 1st string 12th fret. Now place the middle finger of your right hand across your left hand and place the middle finger of your right hand on the 1st string 8th frett and continue to pull off from the left hand 12th fret to the right hand 1st string 8th fret. Again place the left hand ring finger on the first string 3rd fret to complete the decending arpeggio.

Well, there you have it! It's a great lick that with time and practice really sounds cool at high tempos! And don't be affraid to transpose this technique into other keys especially if you have a 24 fret or more guitar!!

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Mark D. Rose has been playing guitar for over 20 years played hundreds of performances from small clubs to large arenas and currently offers lessons on the internet. His debut CD "Light Dinner Music for Raptors" is due to hit the racks by the end of the year.