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Songs with good sweep picking?
« on: 02 Dec 2006, 22:58 »

So I saw the Tenacious D movie and made me realise something - I need to rock the fuck out more!

To that end, I'm learning to sweep pick. But I don't really listen to all that much metal, so I need your help

What are good songs with sweep picking in them? By "good" I mean nothing you'd hear in a guitar store - actual songs, not just shred sessions please. With rockin' solos.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #1 on: 03 Dec 2006, 00:19 »

Sweep picking? Actual songs? You're off your fucking nut, mate.

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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #2 on: 03 Dec 2006, 00:25 »

=D

Then I shall endeavour to be the first and most rocking practitioner of sweep picking in real songs. You will all bow down to me
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #3 on: 03 Dec 2006, 11:11 »

Some of the later Emperor had some...
Arsis - A Diamond For Disease (this song owns your soul at 12:52 long)
some Necrophagist and Spawn of Possession
basically any Yngwie Malmsteen (even though he's a douche and his music sucks)
It's actually kinda hard to find a band that consistently uses sweep picking.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #4 on: 03 Dec 2006, 14:08 »

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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #5 on: 03 Dec 2006, 14:09 »

Sweep picking? Actual songs? You're off your fucking nut, mate.

Clearly, a shred of musical talent automatically makes a song devoid of value. I can't believe I didn't see this before.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #6 on: 03 Dec 2006, 14:13 »

I'm pretty sure Avenged Sevenfold implemented some sweep picking on City of Evil. I don't remember though, I haven't
listened to it in a while. But, I'm almost certain they even mentioned using it in an interview.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #7 on: 03 Dec 2006, 20:30 »

Justing King?

You have an extra G in there.  And no, he doesn't sweep pick.  He does lots and lots of tapping.  Quite good at it, too.  As for Avenged Sevenfold, I only recall sweep picking at the end of the solo in "Bat Country" for like a second and a half.  It's probably on other songs, but I can't remember them, as I hated the album anyways.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #8 on: 03 Dec 2006, 20:52 »

Justing King?

I love that track! A couple of my friends were racing to learn it a while ago, I wonder if either of them did..

And, dudes, I can't bring myself to listen to teH A7x - even if they use sweep picking sensibly, there's still the problem of their songs sucking giant balls

Also thanks Dimmukane, I'll check them out :)
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #9 on: 03 Dec 2006, 20:58 »

Avenged Sevenfold suck but I can't help kinda liking Bat Country. What bands are like Avenged Sevenfold but don't suck (I used to listen to a few good screamo0ish bands but lost them)?
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #10 on: 03 Dec 2006, 21:01 »

I dunno, fuckin'.... Poison?

There's nothing screamoish about avenged sevenfold =/
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #11 on: 04 Dec 2006, 03:47 »

Sweep picking? Actual songs? You're off your fucking nut, mate.

Clearly, a shred of musical talent automatically makes a song devoid of value. I can't believe I didn't see this before.

I do so love how the internet transmits vocal intonation.

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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #12 on: 04 Dec 2006, 07:57 »

They're a West Coast hardcore group. That scene has made some of the worst bands evar  famous.


Ah, actually, they're not metalcore/hardcore anymore. They've become some form of metal, not sure what to call
them now, really. But they don't even scream anymore.

Oh, not that I'm trying to get you to give them another chance or anything by the way, carry on.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #13 on: 04 Dec 2006, 10:01 »

Actually, what they've become Guns n Roses, but even more annoying and approximately 1/8th as catchy.

The solo to Avenged Sevenfold's "Second Heartbeat" has a heap of sweep picking, and it's on the album before City of Evil, so there's not as much nasally singing and ridiculous lyrics.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #14 on: 04 Dec 2006, 13:02 »

*laughs* I didn't suggest them because I expected anyone on this forum to like them- I'd have to be totally unfamiliar with this forum, but I figured they'd probably have some reasonably good examples of sweep picking if you were trying to learn.

I have a horrible ear though, I didn't catch the sweep picking in "Second Heartbeat", I need to listen to that CD again. XP
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #15 on: 04 Dec 2006, 22:11 »

I know Tangaroa use sweep picking but I don't know on what songs since I'm rather lacking in technical knowledge. Try Vietnamese Killing Queens.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #16 on: 05 Dec 2006, 01:35 »

yes! that track was awesome! =D The first minute or so made me feel well queasy
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #17 on: 07 Dec 2006, 02:20 »

Check out Between the Buried and Me's "Selkies: The Endless Obsession", the last minute is a sweep solo, and "Alaska" with a sweep intro. Both have cool parts that could help you get into five and six string sweeping.  Also Protest The Hero's "Heretics & Killers" and "Turn Soonest To The Sea" which sorta resembles "Alaska" in the intro.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #18 on: 07 Dec 2006, 02:25 »

I dislike so many bands and songs mentioned in this thread it's not even funny. Why didn't you just title it "Songs to piss Johnny C off"?
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #19 on: 07 Dec 2006, 02:54 »

It would conflict with my "songs to mildly annoy Johnny C" thread

thanks, arcen dawn
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #20 on: 07 Dec 2006, 03:32 »

Ah. That is a good thread. Sorry, carry on.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #21 on: 07 Dec 2006, 07:23 »

Johnny, there are actually good bands who use that particular technique. Also, you are indirectly saying that Arsis pisses you off and that is unacceptable.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #22 on: 07 Dec 2006, 07:58 »

Ah. That is a good thread. Sorry, carry on.

I know a song that'll get on your nerves
get on your nerves
get on your nerves
I know a song that'll get on your nerves
allllllll dayyyyyyyyyyy lonnnnnnnnnnnng


Quick update regarding sweep picking: I can go up and down three strings at a time! I can go up (or downstroke...) four strings at a time, but I can't go back down (upstroke). Also I can't really work it into a song or even move around the fretboard much when I do it. Anyone got any tips? I asked my shred-tastic friend and he just kept shouting YNGWIE at me.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #23 on: 07 Dec 2006, 09:06 »

Cynic - Veil of Maya; there's a totally awesome sweep across all six strings in the guitar solo section, but it isn't the main centerpiece of the solo, nor is the solo the main centerpiece of the song. Also, the rhythm section is doing something during the solo, which I guess Cynic owes to it's fusion heritage. Also, Allan Holdsworth does some cool sweeps here and there, as well as being an overall insanely good and unique guitarist.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #24 on: 07 Dec 2006, 09:37 »

Check out Between the Buried and Me's "Selkies: The Endless Obsession", the last minute is a sweep solo, and "Alaska" with a sweep intro. Both have cool parts that could help you get into five and six string sweeping.  Also Protest The Hero's "Heretics & Killers" and "Turn Soonest To The Sea" which sorta resembles "Alaska" in the intro.

I was gonna suggest BTBAM, but I didn't think they were a good thing to inflict on the unsuspecting. I like BTBAM, but I'm quite aware that they're pretty fucked up.

Also, Johnny C, I have a better name for the thread. What about "Goddamnit Johnny mind your own business and stop pissing on the thread this thread is not for pissing that is what the toilet is for."
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #25 on: 07 Dec 2006, 12:18 »

Is this what trolling feels like? It is, isn't it!

I know there are good bands that use sweep picking, and frankly I kinda wish I could do it. It was just some fun. Jeez guys. Heart of metal, skin of paper.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #26 on: 07 Dec 2006, 12:24 »

I'm only suggesting that the examples given thus far are pretty... uh... not good.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #27 on: 07 Dec 2006, 16:35 »

I don't even know what sweep picking is.....
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #28 on: 07 Dec 2006, 16:41 »

I don't even know what sweep picking is.....

When one slowly strums a number of strings, but their quick alternation of frets make it sound like a riff. Basically.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #29 on: 07 Dec 2006, 22:02 »

I'm only suggesting that the examples given thus far are pretty... uh... not good.

what, no likey cynic?  i don't care ho mediocre arsis is, a diamond for disease was a kick ass song with loads of sweep picking.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #30 on: 08 Dec 2006, 04:56 »

Actually, I love Arsis and Cynic, I was referring to Avenged Sevenfold and Between the Buried and Me.
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« Reply #31 on: 08 Dec 2006, 06:05 »

Did I neglect to mention that Nevermore did some sweep picking on their latest CD, This Godless Endeavor?

Also, I'm not sure what was meant by BTBAM being "fucked up", what do you mean? ^^:
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #32 on: 09 Dec 2006, 02:33 »

Storm raises a good point. You're really not going to convince me of the merits of sweep picking if your frontrunner for recommendations is named Synyster Gates.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #33 on: 09 Dec 2006, 04:31 »

Heehee, you're funny, mister.

Nah, I picked them because I knew for a fact that they used it at some point or another and that it probably wouldnt be the hardest example of it, but you can play the "That band sucks so I'm going to judge a playing technique  based on them" game if you want.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #34 on: 09 Dec 2006, 05:00 »

So, power chords. Who else hates them?
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #35 on: 09 Dec 2006, 05:25 »

So, power chords. Who else hates them?

That is such a fucking idiotic thing to say. They're just chords, and they have their uses.

Who else hates suspended fourth chords?

No one, because most people aren't arseholes.

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« Reply #36 on: 09 Dec 2006, 09:13 »

*laughs* I'm pretty sure alexalexalex was joking. Or atleast, I don't see how they could possibly have not been.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #37 on: 09 Dec 2006, 09:45 »

dream theater uses a bunch of sweep picking, i think glass prison? that has some insane intro if i remember correctly.

ive also seen some dimmu borgir.


then anything neo-classical pretty much.

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« Reply #38 on: 09 Dec 2006, 10:05 »

God, hat's wrong with me, not mentioning Dream Theater.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #39 on: 09 Dec 2006, 15:10 »

you were probably doing a public service.

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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #40 on: 09 Dec 2006, 15:21 »

Who else hates suspended fourth chords?

I do.

Motherfuckers always going around displacing the third like its a big man.

Fuck those guys.
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« Reply #41 on: 09 Dec 2006, 19:54 »

*laughs* I'm pretty sure alexalexalex was joking. Or atleast, I don't see how they could possibly have not been.

Apparently most of the guitarists you know aren't utter twats, then.

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« Reply #42 on: 10 Dec 2006, 04:38 »

I probably really have been fortunate to have met so many intelligent guitarists then, if people like the ones you're talking about really are  that common. I've never met one that stupid, thank *insert deity or being of your choice* for that.

Oh, shall I mention those incredibly goofy maniacs in Dragonforce?
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #43 on: 10 Dec 2006, 08:25 »

Huh. I play guitar, but I'm not up-to-date on the lingo...

sweep-picking?
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« Reply #44 on: 10 Dec 2006, 09:01 »

Huh. I play guitar, but I'm not up-to-date on the lingo...

sweep-picking?

Take a broom... Then take your guitar... And sweep it like the guitar god you are!

Er, the fret hand portion of sweep picking can be described as when multiple, adjacent strings are articulated ? or acutely controlled by the fretting fingers ? and thus sounded in succession without ringing together (as opposed to chords, in which all strings are held down throughout the pick stroke). The fingers cannot hold down multiple strings at once, nor can they make individual fretting actions. Rather, the motion is seen as a 'rolling' of the fingers in the direction of the desired notes across the fretboard, rather than up or down the neck (which is generally how many scalar patterns are constructed).

Thank you Wikipedia.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #45 on: 10 Dec 2006, 10:22 »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mbx03mP5eg

that there should sort things out if you dont get a written description.

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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #46 on: 25 Dec 2006, 02:04 »

necroposting to say:

There's a song on the new Muse album with some good sweep picking in it. It was playing in my work and I laughed my ass off and thought of QC. Then a customer looked at me funny
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #47 on: 27 Dec 2006, 07:38 »

Commenting further on Avenged Sevenfold, they get a bad rap because their fans are predominantly scenester bitches.

They are NOT like Guns 'N Roses, that's the second most popular dismissal right after "pffft metalcore/hardcore OMG suck guuuh." Now that they've nixed the screaming and growling (which is due to the singer straining the necessary parts of his anatomy for said gruff vocal stylings), they sound a shitload like IRON MAIDEN and not really at all like GUNS 'N ROSES.

But Iron Maiden doesn't nail down their sound either, because they still have elements of SoCal punk in their lyrics and their overall songwriting. Bands like Bad Religion, AFI, The Offspring. That might be a bad thing for some of you ? oh well. I think it's a damn good thing, and I think Avenged Sevenfold are a damn good band.

Live, by the way, Shadows doesn't sound quite so whiny and he actually has testicles (or so it sounds like). And the nigh virtuoso-level musicianship remains intact. I was impressed.
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Re: Songs with good sweep picking?
« Reply #48 on: 27 Dec 2006, 10:42 »

anything involved with John Petrucci, now that you mention it....
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« Reply #49 on: 27 Dec 2006, 10:57 »

Commenting further on Avenged Sevenfold, they get a bad rap because their fans are predominantly scenester bitches

No, normal people give them a bad rap because they are shit.
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