#1
What is this economy picking that i always here about? Is it just picking the best way that willl make you a better player?
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#2
It's (3 notes per string) Up Dow Up Then the next string is up-down-up again. But it wont make you a better player. A Better player normal picks.
#3
Quote by NoneMoreBlack
It's (3 notes per string) Up Dow Up Then the next string is up-down-up again. But it wont make you a better player. A Better player normal picks.


... What? A better player normal picks? What does that mean?

Economy picking is taking the shortest route to the next string, ergo economising the movment of your pick.
#4
it's kinda like ½ sweep picking

basically, ur playing with alternate picking, but while crossing strings, u play the same stroke as the previous one.
In other words: going up string=2 downstokes, going down=2 upstrokes...

something along the lines of that
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#5
Quote by NoneMoreBlack
It's (3 notes per string) Up Dow Up Then the next string is up-down-up again. But it wont make you a better player. A Better player normal picks.


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#6
so its just the easiest way to pick a song?The most economical right?
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#7
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so its just the easiest way to pick a song?The most economical right?


Not the easiest - the most economical, yes. It's simply taking the shortest route to the next string... it lends itself to a smoother and fluid sound.

It has nothing to do with difficulty - that is completely preference. It might be easier for one person to economy pick a passage, but easier for another alternate pick it, that's preference.
#9
Alternate picking

Alternate (or alt) picking is strict down-up-down-up picking, no variation.



e|-------------------------------------5--8----
B|-------------------------------5--8----------
G|----------------------5--7--8----------------
D|----------------5--7-------------------------
A|-------5--6--7-------------------------------
E|-5--8----------------------------------------

   v  ^  v  ^  v  ^  v  ^  v  ^  v  ^  v  ^


e|-8--5----------------------------------------
B|-------8--5----------------------------------
G|-------------8--7--5-------------------------
D|----------------------7--5-------------------
A|----------------------------7--6--5----------
E|-------------------------------------8--5----

   v  ^  v  ^  v  ^  v  ^  v  ^  v  ^  v  ^

Here is the A blues scale box shape, ascending and descending, being alternate picked, starting on a down stroke.


Economy picking

Economy picking is similar in principle to alt picking, but the goal is to be as efficient with your energy as possible, by shortening the gap between picks.



e|-------------------------------------5--8----
B|-------------------------------5--8----------
G|----------------------5--7--8----------------
D|----------------5--7-------------------------
A|-------5--6--7-------------------------------
E|-5--8----------------------------------------

   v  ^  v  ^  v  v  ^  v  ^  v  v  ^  v  ^

e|-8--5----------------------------------------
B|-------8--5----------------------------------
G|-------------8--7--5-------------------------
D|----------------------7--5-------------------
A|----------------------------7--6--5----------
E|-------------------------------------8--5----

   v  ^  ^  v  ^  v  ^  ^  v  ^  v  ^  ^  v

Here is the A blues scale box shape, ascending and descending, being economy picked, starting on a down stroke.


Notice how with economy picking, you use a downstroke for the first note on a string going down, and vice versa. This is used to go straight from one string to another, instead of, say, going below a string and picking back upward.

Both are very important techniques, and should be practiced often if you ever hope of getting up to shredder speeds.
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