@tommo and @guitarenthusiast I wouldn’t say I’m a master swiper (yet) but I’ve noticed a big boost in my own speed on certain licks since incorporating it. I was never aware it existed pre CtC and I’ve practiced it quite intentionally since becoming aware. It may be that as I learned through submitting a technique critique how trapped my playing tends to be, but when I nail swiping I do not feel it. I’ve got pretty sensitive ears with my classical background combined with a period where I was heavily into audio engineering (recording/mixing/mastering) and I cannot hear swiping when playing with a normal amount of gain. On a clean sound, I can always still hear it, even when the left hand muting is solid. I never use any compression in my signal chain other than what happens naturally with overdrive. Well, unless it’s one of the days where I’m attempting to play Brad Paisley, which normally ends up in disappointment unless it’s a really good day or I’m not playing his more challenging stuff lol! Those days I use a compressor…no swiping though.
@guitarenthusiast your comment about it not being true alternate picking, but economy is very interesting to me. I can’t say I agree or disagree. Technically it’s true, but the way it feels to me is quite different than when I play economy. I think your last edit hits the nail on the head - if you’re thinking of it as 2 movements rather than one it will likely get a different result/experience.
Last comment I’ve noticed in my own playing is that I have an easier time when the swiped note happens before the sounded note. So, if you play the Paul Gilbert lick with USX, that feels easier to me than playing it with DSX. I think it’s because I tend to play it at the 12th fret and the muting naturally deadens what would be the harmonic note. If you play it with DSX the natural order of the fingers falling don’t facilitate this as much.
Just in case I never mentioned this before (I think I mention this in every post where swiping comes up lol!), I love swiping!