NO SWEEPING! A Major 6 String Skipping Arpeggio

Continuing on the theme of playing arpeggios without using the overused arpeggio sweeping technique (urgh! dont get me started on that! No Im NOT anti sweeping but I do think it is waaaay overused by guitar players these days but thats another topic!)

Another one of my favourite Paul Gilbert-isms is his arpeggios using different chord types like Major 6ths and 13ths etc...

Here is an A Major 6th arpeggio using a wide string skipping technique.  One note on the first string followed by three notes on the next and another three notes on the third string.


The first example is the basic pattern with no ornamentation like hammer-ons or pull offs


This next example is one with a pattern of ornaments that I may use.  I play a Lydian modal variation of this arpeggio in the The Cilikis song, Back To The Future in the Key of D major.  The modal variation is made by altering the highest E to a D# gives a nice modal #4 flavour to the run.




The Scotsman Solo Ending

Sticking with the E Major solo theme, one of my favourite solo sections that Ive ever written was this final four measures of the solo part for the song, The Scotsman. This Scottish jig flavoured track is a lot of fun to play and has a LOT of content for the guitar to play especially from a rhythm perspective.

The final section of the solo has a fun wide E Major arpeggio / sweeping pattern using two basic chord shapes as the template as it were.  The D major shape and the E major shape, commonly used by many guitarists.  Its mostly using triplets in these final measures with the exception of the first beat of the final bar being 5:4 semiquaver group (5 semiquavers in time it takes to play 4 semiquavers)

Here is the tab and the music to the solo ending and an MP3 playing the notes





Cool arpeggio run in E major

This arpeggio run is a favourite of mine.  It sounds quite cool to my ear.  It makes use of some Paul Gilbert style string skipping techniques which I absolutely love!  Its not like sweeping (although short run has some sweeping pattering in it), but it has different kind of flavour to it when done correctly.  Paul pulls his string skipping style arpeggios off flawlessly and they just sound divine!

This pattern is in the key of E Major and starts of with a Paul Gilbert'esque style string skip, some position shifting using a slide, single right hand tap/pull of combination and a C major shape descending sweep pattern.

Not that difficult to do, but its a cool melodic practice pattern for arpeggio practice.




Hear the pattern on SoundCloud at







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