Best Sweep Picker Guitarists

The Top Ten

1 Jason Becker Jason Eli Becker (born July 22, 1969) is an American neoclassical metal guitarist and composer. At the age of 16, he became part of the Shrapnel Records-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released the albums Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up more.

The best sweeper ever, he is far beyond to other guitar players. Becker was 17, 18 and 19 years old when he did those amazing sweeps. Now imagine if he could still play the guitar today? He would be a complete Beast in all senses. Not only because his natural talent in the instrument, he is still the most skillfull player ever, but his sweeps was all about melody, structure and a good intention to it. Like Marty said: Jason Becker was close to Mozart in terms of ideas and imagination.

Err. I thought the list was never made. Anyway on my list I was going to submit Jason Becker on number 1. - zxm

Much Better sweeper than Yngwie Malmsteen. Insane. ! - Loomis7

At 15ish yrs old he wrote altitudes. he's the only guitarist who can sweep pick and be melodic at the same time.

2 Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.

Jeff Loomis has TONS of jaw dropping sweep picking licks, from just 2 strings till 7 strings, and he's fast. definitely the best sweeper in the world - Loomis7

3 Frank Gambale

One word: MONSTER

4 Steve Vai Steven Siro "Steve" Vai is an American guitarist, composer, singer, songwriter, and producer, born and raised on Long Island, New York.

No Steve Vai! - zxm

5 Michael Angelo Batio Michael Angelo Batio also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois.
6 Christian Muenzner
7 Yngwie Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

Petrucci is my favorite guitarist but Malmsteen is the best sweeper - DenyYourMaker

He is a shred god

8 John Petrucci John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.
9 Alexi Laiho Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho is a Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and is also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band and Kylähullut.
10 Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

The Contenders

11 Rusty Cooley
12 Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal

He is Steve Vai inspired. Deserves to be on here. Just check some of his sweep picking video/songs (If you are interested.) - zxm

13 Joe Stump
14 Paul Gilbert Paul Brandon Gilbert is an American hard rock/heavy metal guitarist. He is best known for being the co-founder of the band Mr. Big. He was also a member of Racer X, with whom he released several albums.

Paul is rarely using sweep picking. but check out his sweep lick on Guitars from Mars DVD. he has the cleanest sweep you'll ever heard. this dude is just ABSOLUTE BEAST.. ! - Loomis7

15 Jari Maenpaa Jari Mäenpää (born 23 December 1977) is a Finnish heavy metal multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is the founder of metal band Wintersun for which he records all instruments. Before forming Wintersun, Mäenpää was best known for his role in the folk metal band Ensiferum.
16 Muhammed Suicmez Muhammed Suiçmez was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, to Turkish immigrants. He is the frontman and guitarist of the German technical death metal band Necrophagist.
17 Chuck Wayne

Chuck Wayne used some complex picking which now sounds very close to sweep picking. So, eventually the whole credit goes to him for creating sweep picking. I have listened his songs of 50s. Which already have sweep picking. I heard he used it in the 40s. But sad thing is a lot of people think Frank Gambale created sweep picking. But the truth is he just popularized it. Just like Yngwie Malmsteen popularized it in metal. - zxm

18 Chris Broderick Christopher Alan Broderick is an American musician, best known as the former lead and rhythm guitarist of the American heavy metal band Megadeth.

6 Strings arpeggio with his right hand.. ?! What.. !? - Loomis7

19 Jacky Vincent

Some insane sweep picking (mixed with tapping) on basically all of his solos, especially the 'The Drug in me is You' and 'Born to Lead'

20 Tony MacAlpine
21 Alex Skolnick Alexander Nathan Skolnick is an American metal and jazz guitarist who is the lead guitarist of the Bay Area thrash metal band Testament, and heads the jazz band Alex Skolnick Trio.
22 Marty Friedman Martin Adam "Marty" Friedman is an American guitarist, known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, as well as Cacophony alongside Jason Becker until 1989. Friedman has resided in Tokyo, Japan since 2003, where he has hosted more.

"Its very lame. Any monkey can do it" Marty on sweep picking. Yet, he sweeps in his songs. - zxm

23 Michael Romeo Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.
24 Buz McGrath

This is one man you can take and basic metal chug and make it into something beautiful, Buz McGrath plays many different roles is his band unearth, buz also was one to start the 7/8 string with his outta this world tone, please move this guy up in he list

25 Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.
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