Essential Guitar Practice Routines: Sweep Picking

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Expand and develop your sweep picking technique with Andy James. One of the most frequently asked questions in the field of guitar education is What do I practice? This excellent DVD series provides lessons and pieces of music exclusively written for practicing essential guitar techniques. By combining the technique lessons with the music and learning the piece from start to finish, you will not only improve your ability, but also get a sense of achievement and… More >>

Essential Guitar Practice Routines: Sweep Picking

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  1. Look, guys, I own this DVD and every other Lick Library DVD by Andy James that I either ordered off here; and those that aren’t on Amazon I got from licklibrary.com

    No offense to either of you two (Stossel and Milo), but if you have the skill level to play any of these etudes…

    The Lick Library concept is great for me… I am not a fan of slaving over a piece of paper with tiny numbers all over it; I’d much rather watch a small solo section or lick of an actual artist performing, pause and get the lick down, and proceed as needed. The Lick Library artists break down stuff note for note, but a setup where your guitar is plugged through the PC may even allow you to play along with these guys (through headphones, even?) when they perform the entire licks slow; without you ever needing to watch them break down “12th fret on the E string… 13th fret on the B string…”

    You need to realize this is how you will develop your ear. Tabs will not really be assisting you if you can’t ever play a piece of music without them, ok?

    Just imagine a guitarist friend showing you a lick slowly. How friggin pathetic will it look if you ask him for tabs???

    And as for the content of the DVD, the actual etudes are gems of melodic shred, that of course sound fabulous played at any speed. Andy James is a truly one of the most stunning out of all artists that emerged in recent years.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Generally, I don’t like the licklibrary DVDs. I have 3 of them and I think this will be the last I get from this company. Before I start, let me say that I’ve been playing guitar for a couple decades and I know my scales and chords and quite a bit when it comes to the almighty 6 string. I chose this DVD to help me bring in some new techniques into my playing, mainly sweeping.

    I’m giving this item 1 star. I’d give it less if I could and here’s why.

    1. There is no tab included. Tab would have given this DVD some life; otherwise, you’ll get a headache and eye strain attempting to pick out what the instructor is attempting to show you. You know, it would be great to have the DVD as a demo and then take a booklet with you and practice wherever you need to practice.

    2. The instructor is holding a black guitar against a black background and many times the guitar itself, especially the strings, become difficult to see.

    3. The instructor is playing a 7 string guitar. Add this with the black guitar, black background, and what looks to be an ebony fingerboard, and you get lost in what he is trying to do. With a 7 string guitar, when your mind thinks he’s on the 5th string, he’s actually on the 6th string. Half the time you can’t tell if what fret this guy is on. Would it have been a big deal to play a 6 string guitar with a maple fingerboard for a clearer picture? At least a lighter background. The instructor is cool and mysterious, we get it.

    4. The title of this DVD is Essential Guitar Practice Routines, Sweep picking. Lots of the examples have no sweep picking at all and instead you see lots of alternate picking and hammer ons, and some slides. The routines are more like licks and not really geared towards practice sessions. The instructor seems to be more interesting in showing you how well he sweeps as opposed to actually teaching you something useful.

    I already know many arpeggios. What I needed was an instructional DVD with ways to practice sweeping. Essentially, picking hand technique, which there is little of, and less concentration on arpeggios and the fretting hand.

    This DVD reminds me of a Monty Python skit: “How to play the flute. Well here we are. You blow there and you move your fingers up and down here.”

    Too bad. I had high hopes for this one.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. Andy James absolutely creates a brilliant and insightful DVD on the use of sweep picking in the release. No doubt any player with a few years of experience could benefit from this tutorial.

    But…….

    This DVD is over an hour long. It is divided into 3 sections or exercises ( beginner, intermediate, advanced). Each section concludes with a 2 to 3 minute etude that is the culmination of all the bits Andy shows. The unbelievable issue for me is that there is no tab or notation included. It will take you hours to actually just play each chapter and notate them which makes zero sense to me. The whole DVD could be made 100% more user friendly but giving the examples in standard notation or tablature. Without the tab you are forced to watch each chapter over and over and over just trying to figure out what Andy is playing.

    This DVD would be 5 stars if it was not so user unfriendly. I am not lazy and do not mind putting in the time but I refuse to spend countless hours tabbing out the exercises when this should have been done by Lick Library. Even worse, most of the Lick Library series is like this ( I have a Joe Satriani DVD by Danny Gill and a Tapping DVD also by Andy James ). I absolutely would never purchase or recommend anymore Lick Library practice routines until this massive problem is corrected.

    Horrifically disappointing.
    Rating: 2 / 5

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