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ATANAS G. SHISHKOV

Part I : Techniques I
3. Sweep Picking


Explaining this technique I must to start with master fusion guitarist Frank Gambale the pioneer of the modern sweep picking playing. Frank changed the vision of playing based on sweep picking and he successfully incorporated his guitar style for jazz,fusion and rock.

Sweep picking gets its name from the sweeping action of the pick. Sweep picking licks are arranged so that the notes ascend from the lowest string to the highest one, or descend from the highest to lowest, basically one note-per- string.This allows you to play all downstrokes on the ascent and all upstrokes descent.Basically sweep picking is used for arpeggios and founds the economy picking. Very very important is to use muting on the strings when you play your sweeping licks!!!

Example 1 : Appropriate exercise for short arpeggios.

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Example 2 : Similar to example 1.

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Example 3 : Exercise for more difficult short arpeggios.

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Example 4 : Basic exercise for series of arpeggios on the higher strings.

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Example 5 : Basic exercise for series of arpeggios on the lower strings.

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the following bio material provided by Atanas G. Shishkov

Atanas Shishkov was born in Kardzhali, Bulgaria. He started to play the guitar at the age of 11. Atanas took his first private lessons by classical guitar in the early of 90`s. Later he joined in a band and he has many performances in his hometown. Inspired by Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen, Atanas decided to quit the band and to start exploring the guitar instrumental music. In the middle of 1994 he recorded his first demo project "On The Threshold".

Atanas continued to improve his playing by exploring many "Shrapnel" shredders such as Greg Howe, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Tony Macalpine, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Michael Lee Firkins and others, as well as the music of Steve Vai and Steve Morse. Atanas also continued to record his own new guitar instrumental experiments. In the summer of 1997 Atanas joined a band performing jam-sessions in a jazz-rock club in his hometown. He began to explore a lot of jazz players such as Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson and many jazz bands as well. His next recordings have more jazz and fusion orientation.

August 2002 - Atanas recorded his debut album "Flying Colours".

Since the beginning of 2003 Atanas is a guest columnist with his own guitar lessons at several guitar websites - Chops From Hell, Insane Guitar, iBreathe Music, The Shred Zone, Shredaholic, Fusion Site.

Since September 2003 his album "Flying Colours" is available for sale in Fossil Records` website.

February 2004 - Guitar9.com presented Atanas Shishkov in The Undiscovered page as "Master of Bulgarian Shred"!

September 2005 - Atanas` acoustic album "The Long Road" is also available on CD!

December 2006 - Atanas is working with his new band above the new project SPIRALESS, and the debut album is coming soon!