#1
That is the question (Lame pun, I know)

Anyway i'm trying to get in the habit of one of them. They seem the same with only slight differences and i'm already getting a feel of Alternate picking but I should I learn both or just stick with one? And is there and major differences?

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#2
Learn both. If you want to be a skilled guitarist, the more techniques that you can master the better the player you will be. Both techniques are useful, though for different purposes. You can't say which is better.
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#3
I'd say just learn alternate. Economy picking is fairly pointless.
Also, if you decide to learn both, I sincerely recommend not learning them at the same time; learn one and then once you've got that down, learn the other.
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#4
Economy picking is just a special kind of alternate picking; small groups of alternately picked notes linked together economically between strings.

Begin with strict alternate and then insert the economic movements where they help you play more smoothly... you may find you don't even want to use economy picking at all.
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#5
I mostly use alternate picking because I like the rhythm it affords your picking. I feel like the up-down-up-down tempo to the picking helps with timing, and it also feels a bit more natural to me as well.

That being said when I am learning passages in songs I will sometimes use a down-down motion (or something equivalent) to start me off on a better alternate picking run. For instance I prefer to picking outside the strings (going down-up picking from the outside of the string) and so I will occasionally use an economy picking motion to set myself up for such alternate picking.

Most people learn alternate picking, and then might proceed later into economy picking. Its simply a matter of preference.
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#6
Be able to do both because there's songs where I will alternate pick, and then the next song I will economy pick just because of how you play the song
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#7
Good lord search for the other identical threads on this topic please, so much flaming over this topic.
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I'd say just learn alternate. Economy picking is fairly pointless.

I'd just like to put forth that given all but a few, most licks that would be most suited to alt picking can be transformed to suit the modern, stylish and tasteful economy picker.
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I'd say just learn alternate. Economy picking is fairly pointless.


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Pray do tell: what reasoning have you behind this?

Anything that can be economy picked can also be alternate picked; not everything that can be alternate picked can be economy picked... Also, note that I said FAIRLY pointless, not entirely pointless.
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#11
Generally speaking, if you want to get good at eco picking you have to learn to refinger things to suit it, but you do get a smoother sound. On the other hand, maybe you don't want a smoother sound.

I would recommend getting proficient with one before experimenting with the other, don't confuse your hands as you program them.
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Learn both. If you want to be a skilled guitarist, the more techniques that you can master the better the player you will be. Both techniques are useful, though for different purposes. You can't say which is better.


This. There will always be some people who prefer one way and argue that its better. They both have their ups and downs (YAY PUNS), but the best you can do is both.
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