Sweep Emotion

If there is one group of fretboard grips that lend themselves to insane pick sweeps, it’s barre-chord-based shapes that feature the root fretted on the fifth string with the 1st finger. These voicings are especially shred-worthy when they’re applied high up the neck where the frets are closer together. For instance, the Am7, A, and Fmaj7 shapes shown in the grids here are fairly accommodating for upward and downward five-note sweeps of the pick. (Slurred notes are either hammered or pulled.) Nail these moves, and you’re ready to tackle the multi-position sweeps of Yngwie Malmsteen and other world-class shred demons.
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