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 ...read 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
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
4 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.
5 Rusty Cooley
6 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.
7 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
8 Joe Stump
9 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
10 Paul Gilbert
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
11 Michael Angelo Batio
Michael Angelo Batio also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois.
12 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
13 Jari Maenpaa
14 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
15 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.
16 Tony MacAlpine
17 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.
18 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 ...read more.
19 Alexi Laiho
20 Michael Romeo
Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.
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