GUITAR TECHNIQUE 017: Sweep & Rake Picking

November 11, 2018:
Sweep and Rake Picking

 NEW  This unique Creative Guitar Studio course  explores exercises for increasing dexterity and coordination between the hands. The goal of the course is to increase awareness, mobility and control.

Lesson 017 of Guitar Technique works through a series of drills that incorporate two popular picking concepts. These are the techniques of "sweep picking," and "rake picking.".

While these two terms are often used interchangeably they can be thought of as two separate techniques. The "rake" is most commonly associated with a down-ward pick movement across the notes of a chord. And, the "sweep" is most often associated with movement both down and up across the tones of an arpeggio.

Both Rake and Sweep pick techniques produce a very similar sound in where the individual notes are performed in a very rapid manner. When performing these ideas it is important to train the fretting hand to lift each finger off of each tone so that the notes do not end up ringing out against each other, (like a chord strum).

Parts one and two of the lesson will focus on hand management and string groups. Part three and four of the lesson will expand to include melodic applications of each technique.

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PART ONE: (Free on YouTube)
Exercise one studies how to properly control the feel of the pick movement involved with doing the rake technique.

PART TWO:  Exercise two trains the pick-hand to track the strings as well as track the fretting hand placement for each fretted tone.

Exercise three works on inserting the "Rake" technique into a melodic phrase.

PART FOUR:  Exercise four introduces several Sweep technique phrases within a melodic passage.

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