#1
I am taking a couple weeks rest from all that metal I've been playing and learning classical pieces. Some of them require hard hybrid picking passages (paganini's work). I almost never use hybrid picking while playing or composing, so should I even bother to practice those hybrid picking parts?
#2
Well that's up to you. As you said, you never use it otherwise so you certainly can manage without it. If i say like this on the other hand, i never used hybrid picking in any things i played/wrote until i learned it. Then i started using it heavily for string skipping legato passages and other stuff. The more you know = the better.
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That's only partly true. I've tried several times to learn sweep picking but I've always stopped very quickly, because I rarely play or listen to music where sweep picking is used. Which is why I'm probably never going to learn it, because it's tough and takes time and I'm not going to use it much.
#4
I listen to a lot of different metal bands and whatnot where hybrid picking is Never used... And still I use hybrid picking for eventual clean passages. It could definitely be a good thing to learn. After all, any weapon you have in your arsenal is going to be useful depending on the situation.
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#5
On the one hand, hybrid picking is sort of a gimmicky technique—you can generally achieve the same stuff with normal picking. On the other hand, it's pretty cool to watch and you can impress your friends with it. I guess you just have to decide if the perks make it worth your time to learn.
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#6
im pretty sure that when you learn hybrid picking, you are going to use it in things you learn to play or in things you are going to write.
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Yeah, I'm going to have to agree. You dont use it now because you dont know it. If you did know it, perhaps youd find applications for it or perhaps the style would grow on you. If you dont want to learn it , dont...it's not really fun if youre forcing yourself through things for the sake of it. It's good to keep your options open though and recognize when certain things could open up entirely new facets of your playing
#8
Even if you're not going to use that alot, at least learn the basic techniques. It's always another trick in your arsenal, and you can use it for jamming.
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That's only partly true. I've tried several times to learn sweep picking but I've always stopped very quickly, because I rarely play or listen to music where sweep picking is used. Which is why I'm probably never going to learn it, because it's tough and takes time and I'm not going to use it much.


A technique is only as limited in application as you make it; you assume that you're never going to use sweeping because to you it's just for simple triad arpeggios. For me, it gets used all the time and not just for arpeggio based ideas and, to be honest, almost never for just triads.

If you learn something well enough you'll start to use it in places where all you want is that sound without thinking about it but if you don't learn it you'll never be able to get that sound, which is the worse option out of the two?
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#10
Prioritize, have a list of things you want to learn, according to your own goals, immediate interest in it is indeed a perfectly valid criteria, sucking at it and needing it is another.. if you dont have a use for it right now and you could be learning other things that interest you.. then by all means go ahead and do it.. but you should still leave it on that list of things i DO NOT KNOW and learn it someday..

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On the one hand, hybrid picking is sort of a gimmicky technique—you can generally achieve the same stuff with normal picking. On the other hand, it's pretty cool to watch and you can impress your friends with it. I guess you just have to decide if the perks make it worth your time to learn.


That's absolutely false, there are plenty of lines where hybrid picking is the only real option, and it's not a particularly showy technique at all.

TS, hybrid picking is incredibly useful, get learning it. Arpeggio sequences, "finger picking" style, string skipping... all much, much easier with hybrid picking than with a pick. Basically any time you ascend strings hybrid picking is an excellent way to do that, especially if there's complex jumps.
#13
I'm not going to do exercises for hybrid picking, like I was doing for alternate and sweep picking, I'm just going to practice it through paganini's caprices and other pieces that I'm working on. You are right: I haven't been using it because I didn't know it
#14
I used it without knowing. I wrote a few acoustic pieces where I use my middle finger to pick the high E or B string while I pick other strings. For me, it's very useful in either string skipping or playing a note on (for example) the D string while also plucking the open high E. It sure makes some of my acoustic passages easier.
#15
I'm not going to do exercises for hybrid picking, like I was doing for alternate and sweep picking, I'm just going to practice it through paganini's caprices and other pieces that I'm working on. You are right: I haven't been using it because I didn't know it


Btw, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHBELKGTGIE&feature=player_embedded - I did a lesson on how best to pick those arpeggios, I think that's the way almost everyone approaches that line.