Josh Middleton’s Ultimate Sweep Picking Lesson

Josh Middleton gets a lot of love from us, mostly because of his transparency and willingness to teach his skills to anyone who is interested. There’s no mystery to him, no rockstar attitude or putting on airs, just skill and passion.


One of his hallmark styles is his impeccable sweep picked arpeggios, which imply extremely interesting chord changes that are unlike the typical diatonic schlock. They have a Danny Elfman-esque quality to them, like the Tim Burton Batman soundtrack on speed. In this video lesson he details his technique and concept behind his blazing sweeps and how to practice them. Tabs onscreen!

Be sure to subscribe to Josh’s YouTube channel for more lessons.

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.

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