Sweep Your Pentatonic

We play pentatonic stuff a lot, in many ways and in different situations, so there are many ways to do it. In next few licks I'll try to show you some of my favorite figures, incorporating a bunch of sweep picking. Thouogh you can play all these licks with alternate picking, this way sounds a bit more smooth I think.

Lick #1 is, as you can see, a three note per string pattern so it's a good reason to play it like 16th triplets . Each first note on the next string is the same as the note we played just before. It's in key of e minor, there are two positions for left hand, start with a downstroke and sweep wherever you can.

Next one, lick # 2, is based on two note per string pattern and there are no doubled notes like in lick before. Now we have three positions for left hand and some sequences which repeat in each position. Start again with a downstroke and sweep.

Lick # 3 is surely my most favorite of all these three here. I play it a lot, sometimes I'm too boring with it I guess ;-) 16th notes in groups of 5, only because patterns are 3+2 notes per strings. I don't sweep all the time here, every pattern starts with an upstroke and I repeat each one until the last one. So, start with an upstroke and go for it!!

See ya next time and have fun.
All the best,

Muris Varajic

Muris Varajic is a guitar player from Sarajevo, Bosnia. He has played with many bands and pop-rock stars from Bosnia and the surrounding region as well. He released his debut album “Let It Out” in March 2007 which gave him a spotlight in Guitar Player magazine July 2007. Muris now proudly endorses Stan Hinesley Pickups/Has Sound, The Light Pick and Shredneck. Currently, he's working on his second solo album, recording for various artists, teaching and playing with his band Pakt 5.

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