Economy Picking Exercises. Part 2

author: Sizzlor date: 08/04/2010 category: guitar techniques
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n - down pick v - up pick In this lesson I would like to show you some other exercises which will help develop your economy picking technique. This exercise can be played over and over until you get bored, or until your ecnonomy picking technique is awesome, whichever comes first! It's good to get a nice even picking sound so you should start by playing each note as a quaver (eighth note) as its a little easier to play dead on the metronome at first, but if you're comfortable go for 16ths or even triplets. The exercise is very simple to get to grips with as it is a simple pattern using the fretting hand fingers 1, 3 and 4. (Of course you can use other finger combinations to practice, try only using 2, 3 and 4!!)
|-8-7-5-----------5-7-8-7-5-------|-----------------5-7-8-7-5-------|
|-------8-7-5-7-8-----------8-7-5-|-----------5-7-8-----------8-7-5-|
|---------------------------------|-8-7-5-7-8-----------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
  n v n v n v n v n v n v n v n v---- n v n v n v n-- v n v n v n v-

  S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S   S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
|-----------------------------5-7-|-8-7-5---------------------------|
|-----------------------5-7-8-----|-------8-7-5---------------------|
|-8-7-5-----------5-7-8-----------|-------------8-7-5---------------|
|-------8-7-5-7-8-----------------|-------------------8-7-5---------|
|---------------------------------|-------------------------8-7-5-7-|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
  v n v-- n v n v n v n-- v n-- v   n v n v n v-- n v-- n v-- n v n

  S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S   S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
|---------------------5-7-8-7-5---|---------------------------------|
|---------------5-7-8-----------8-|-7-5-----------------------------|
|---------5-7-8-------------------|-----8-7-5-----------------------|
|---5-7-8-------------------------|-----------8-7-5-----------------|
|-8-------------------------------|-----------------8-7-5-----------|
|---------------------------------|-----------------------8-7-5-7-8-|
  v n v n-- v n-- v n-- v n v n v   n v-- n v-- n v-- n v-- n v n v

|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------5-7-8-|-7-5-----------------------5-7-8-|
|-5-7-8-7-5-----------5-7-8-------|-----8-7-5-----------5-7-8-------|
|-----------8-7-5-7-8-------------|-----------8-7-5-7-8-------------|
  n v n v n v n v n v n v n-- v n   v n v n v-- n v n v n v n-- v n-

|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|-------------------5-7-8-7-5-----|
|-5-7-8-7-5-----------------------|-------------5-7-8-----------8-7-|
|-----------8-7-5-----------------|-------5-7-8---------------------|
|-----------------8-7-5-----------|-5-7-8---------------------------|
|-----------------------8-7-5-7-8-|---------------------------------|
  n v n v n v n v-- n v-- n v n v   n v n-- v n-- v n-- v n v n v n   

|---------------------------------|-----------------5-7-8-7-5-------|
|---------------------------------|-----------5-7-8-----------8-7-5-|
|-5-------------------------------|-----5-7-8-----------------------|
|---8-7-5-----------------------5-|-7-8-----------------------------|
|---------8-7-5-----------5-7-8---|---------------------------------|
|---------------8-7-5-7-8---------|---------------------------------|
  v-- n v-- n v-- n v n v n v n--   v n-- v n-- v n-- v n v n v n v
Repeat point
To further this idea you can play the pattern starting from the low E string ascending up an extra string each time, or even combine both ideas to make the exercise twice as long. You can also apply this picking idea to a scale so you are effectively practicing 2 things at once, to get the maximum out of economy picking though, the scale would be best if it was arranged into a 3 note per string pattern. This is an exercise I came up while when wanting to create an exercise that covers the fretboard using a scale. In this exercise there are two main goals, the first is to become familiar with a scale and the second is to develop economy picking. So with this lesson we will use the C Major scale and play in sets of 2 strings up to the 12th fret using economy picking. (You can extend beyond the 12th fret if you feel you can do that, it's fairly simple since the pattern repeats at the 12th fret). Each note should be played as a triplet and between each smaller pattern you should shift up to the next pattern this is marked with the word "shift"
               shift        shift       shift
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------0-2-3-5-3-2-------|-------3-5-7-8-7-5-------|
|-0-1-3-------------5-3-1-|-3-5-7-------------8-7-5-|
  n v n-- v n v n v-- n v   n v n-- v n v n v-- n v

 shift          shift
|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|-------------------------------|
|--------7-8-10-12-10-8---------|
|-7-8-10----------------12-10-8-|
  n v n--- v n  v  n  v--  n  v
Hopefully you can see the picking pattern and where to shift to the next part of the scale. So here are the rest of the 2 string groupings of the scale. A and D strings
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------0-2-3-5-3-2-------|-------3-5-7-9-7-5-------|
|-0-2-3-------------5-3-2-|-3-5-7-------------8-7-5-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------7-9-10-12-10-9----------|
|-7-8-10----------------12-10-8--|
|--------------------------------|


D and G strings

|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------0-2-4-5-4-2-------|-------4-5-7-9-7-5-------|
|-0-2-3-------------5-3-2-|-3-5-7-------------9-7-5-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|

|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------7-9-10-12-10-9----------|
|-7-9-10----------------12-10-9--|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|


G and B strings

|-------------------------|--------------------------|
|-------1-3-5-6-5-3-------|-------5-6-8-10-8-6-------|
|-0-2-4-------------5-4-2-|-4-5-7--------------9-7-5-|
|-------------------------|--------------------------|
|-------------------------|--------------------------|
|-------------------------|--------------------------|

|----------------------------------|
|--------8-10-12-13-12-10----------|
|-7-9-10------------------12-10-9--|
|----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|


B and E strings


|-------0-1-3-5-3-1-------|-------3-5-7-8-7-5-------|
|-0-1-3-------------5-3-1-|-3-5-6-------------8-6-5-|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|

|--------7-8-10-12-10-8----------|
|-6-8-10----------------12-10-8--|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
You can also do 3 string patterns using the same principal, also you can do a bunch of other stuff with this idea like descend back down the scale as well as ascending. Or even descend down a different set of strings, or even randomly while ascending up a two string pattern change to other strings to give yourself more of a challenge. Hopefully you will understand this and augment the ideas I have presented and create a whole bunch of new exercises to share back in to the community. Thanks for reading and I hope you can take away something usefull from this lesson. Also if I messed up any of the picking directions, please correct me!
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