For example, an excerpt from Animals as Leaders' CAFO—
Db| 13 12 Ab| 13 13 13 12 13 E | 14 14 14 14 14 14 B | 14 14 14 14 14 Gb| 12h15 12 B |
Don't mind the tuning—it's just a drop D tuning, 1.5 steps down. And it's not what Tosin Abasi uses. Also, only the beginning is relevant, but I may have more questions about the rest of this part, so I figure it's better to familiarize readers with the complete part and repeat it over separate posts than show fragments in each question. If it matters, the above are all sixteenth-triplets, for 7 eighth notes in total.
I'm new to sweeping and a bit confused by the presence of this hammer-on in many sweep-picking examples and exercises. I feel like instead of being able sweep across all the strings at a constant rate, you have to awkwardly spend double the time on the base string because of the hammer-on.
Is it purely to complete the arpeggio that it's common? (I suspect that's the case.) If so, are there any techniques to "suspending" your picking hand just after the base string, before continuing through the rest of the strings? Trying to do it consciously is maddening!