Pick up Guitar World’s June issue and turn to page 26 for an entertaining Fan Q&A with Fender’s outspoken signature artist Yngwie Malmsteen.
“I don’t really do sweep picking,” Malmsteen says in the piece. “That’s a big misconception people have about my playing. Sweep picking is when the right hand sweeps down and up the strings in succession. But when you do sweep picking, one note rings into the next, and it sounds almost like you’re playing a chord, and that’s exactly what you don’t want. Playing five-and six-string arpeggios the way I do, like on ‘Caprici De Diablo,’ for instance, you want separated notes that don’t go into one other. People that try to play my stuff often do sweep picking, but the results are usually pretty dismal.”
And if you’ve got the magazine, we also suggest you flip to page 79 to check out the black and white photo of John Lennon and George Harrison with this custom rosewood Fender Telecaster. The photo accompanies another excellent read on the Beatles, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Fab Four’s final release.