Sweep picking and arpeggios are among the most useful hard rock/metal/shred techniques, though they are also applicable to any style. Joe Stump takes you through studies, etudes, and track excerpts ranging from the basic aspects of arpeggio play to some of the most technically intense sweep-picking material you'll ever encounter. These demonstrations, exercises and play-along tracks will help you master sweeping as you practice them with a full band, in real musical settings. Tablature is included.
“I have had the pleaure of knowing Joe Stump both professionally and personally. Joe is an amazingly gifted guitarist and composer. He has great 'sweep' and 'economy' picking techniques, as well as being a fantastic teacher. Joe is one of the best!” – Michael Angelo Batio
“During my time studying at Berklee College of Music, no guitar professor taught me more than Joe Stump. Very few in the music field possess the command that Joe has over his instrument. He continues to raise the bar and push what is possible. I first saw him do a guitar clinic at a Berklee Summer session in the late '90s, and I was an immediate fan. I purchased Rapid Fire Fondo and was hooked on that record.
Joe's searing leads and masterful riffs really spoke to and inspired me. He is one of the reasons I wanted to attend Berklee. If you want to be a master too, do yourself a favor and buy this book! I consider Joe to be one of, if not the, leading authority on sweep-picking arpeggios!
I've known Joe for years now, and his work ethic and love of the guitar as an art form are truly inspiring.
With many classic albums to his credit, simply put: Joe Stump is the real deal!” – Dave Reffett (Guitar World, Revolver, Guitar Aficionado, Solo Artist, Berklee College of Music Alumnus 2006)
“Neoclassical guitar techniques should be learned from the masters – the ones who spent years honing their craft as a musical tool instead of a display of trickery. Joe Stump is a master. If you are going to successfully embark upon the task of sweep picking arpeggios, for instance, and the proper most effective placement thereof, look no further than Joe as a teacher. Joe Stump is awe-inspiring, and once again, he teaches progressive musicianship techniques and their proper application. Watching and listening to Joe play always inspires me, and I am sure it will inspire you too!” – Toby Knapp
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