Discussion in 'Jack's Place (formerly The Lounge)' started by Fadderted, Apr 29, 2010.
I've got records of Chet Atkins sweep picking in the early '60s. Not sure how far back it goes in a rock/pop context.
It's something you learn after your second theme party: it's all been done before.
Here's Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed. Chet sweep picks at about 1:13...
As far as I know, Steve Hackett in the early 70s was one of the first to be known for doing it in a rock context.
Blackmore has been using that technique since the late '60s. Not terribly clean stuff, sure, but it's sweep picking nonetheless. And I do believe he was the first to use it in a hard rock context.
Ritchie Blackmore can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. Well, apart from some of his toupee choices in the 80's.
Barney Kessel was sweep picking in the 40's and 50's, but admittedly in a messy way compared to today's standards.
Speaking of Chet Atkins doing inventive stuff, he starts tapping in this vid at about 1:52.