After reading a few other threads about what to actually do with your shred skills I thought about it for a while. I realised that something I always loved the sound of was the Shrapnel-era way of intertwine sweeping arpeggios with alternate picked scales. Especially ascending sweep arpeggios going into descending picked scales. Young Gilbert did this a lot as well as Vinnie Moore and young Joey Tafolla. Check out Tafolla record Out of the sun for some great examples of this. The solo in Zero hour (at 9:10) is just fantastic!
I’m working on a lick that I think is party stolen from Gilbert. It starts at 12th position descending through a Em scale to an Em arpeggio with pinky at 12th fret, finishing with sliding down the high E-string to 5th position descening down the Em scale again. The last scale actually starts with legato on the E-string but then mostly picked for the rest of the descending part.
I have worked on this for some time now but have a hard time going from sweeping to alternate. For me it’s very different feel. The angle of the pick is different and the motion feels totally different. The motion goes more into the guitar when sweeping for me versus the more loose alternate picking motion. Is there anyone who has worked on this concept and has any thought’s about how to overcome difficulties with fast switching of mechanics?
Furthermore it would be interesting to get some different ideas of variations or how to expand this concept. For example I also really love MacAlpines way of combining sweeping with tapping. Maybe you have some cool ideas or licks that you could share?