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How to Do 2 Octave Sweep Picking on Heavy Metal Guitar

Let musician Alex Skolnick teach you how to do two octave sweep picking in this heavy metal guitar lesson from Howcast.

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How do we get into two octaves? Well, let's start where we are here at the fifth fret. We keep going down and we just play scale tones. It actually looks like an A minor bar chord. Alright?

So from there I can sweep. Alright? And this gives me a nice two octave sweep. A little more distortion. Okay? What if I go to that next one and keep going down the scale tones? Now that's a great one. That one's pretty easy to finger. I can add to that and play from here, first finger seventh fret. That's a nice little sweep. From here, I can play from there. Alright?

So it's always the same notes. These are only, even though you're hearing a lot of notes, it's really just three tones. It's just A, C, and E. So here I'm starting at E, and then A, C, E, A, C, E. Alright.

So now I'm going to crank up the distortion and show you these a little bit faster. Okay. Take your time before going that fast.

I hope you've enjoyed this lesson on sweeping.

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