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MARTY FRIEDMAN Is Not A Fan Of Sweep Picking, Offers Alternatives To Playing Fast

Posted by on June 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Marty Friedman seems like he shoots very straight when it comes to guitar- he has his sound and he's sticking to it. Fortunately it's an incredibly expansive, diverse sound, so it works for him quite well. Friedman recently sat down with Guitar World to talk about said sound and explained that he is not a fan of sweep picking. Check it out!

"I’ve often been associated with players that use specific picking techniques, such as sweep picking, economy picking, hybrid picking and so on. In truth, I have no idea what any of these terms mean. Sweep picking does not appeal to me at all.

To my ears, it sounds like, 'bdLOOP, bdLoop, bdLOOP, bdLoop,' as notes go up and down, over and over again. It’s nothing more than a fancy technique that guitar players learn so that they can play fast arpeggios up and down.

To my ears, it’s very unmusical. In my music, you will hear some insane, fast arpeggio-based lines, but it’s never simply straight up and down through the arpeggios, the way sweep picking usually is performed."

So instead of just leaving it at that, Friedman talks about how to shred in a different way. How cool is that? Here is the video:

[via Gear Gods]

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