#1
i want to someday be able to shred nasty. i alternate pick but when switching strings i usually use the same picking motion twice in a row. will this be bad for my speed eventually? and im sorry if i didnt explain this good enough. thanks
#2
that's called economy picking. economy and alternate are both fine, it's just a matter of personal preference.
#3
That's actually another form of speedpicking. It's called economy picking, and is theoretically a faster way to play runs that span several strings (especially odd-numbered ie 3-notes-per-string runs).

Frank Gambale is a great example of how economy picking can make your playing more fluid.
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#4
What you're describing is called "economy picking". It is a valuable technique for playing at higher tempos, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with playing like that.
#5
What you are doing is called ``economy picking`` , you can get fast with it... but,
I think strict alternate picking is the best, cause it gives a more powerful sound , economy picking gives a smoother sound.

And the great shredders like Michael Angelo , Rusty cooley, Paul gilbert , Malmsteen , all of them uses strict alternate picking.

But none of them is the wrong, and you can get fast with both , but my advice is go for alternate picking !
--S---------
S---H------
--H---R----
S---R---D-
--H---E----
S---R---D- SHRED
--H---E----
S---R---D-
--S---E----
----R---D--
--H---------
S-----------

How many times do you see SHRED in this?
#7
I think as long as you are in time and cleanly playing your parts both are valid picking techniques. I do agree the posts above that alternate picking will give you a stronger tone but sometimes you want a softer more legato type sound.
Last edited by adave at Sep 2, 2007,
#8
Quote by markieee
What you are doing is called ``economy picking`` , you can get fast with it... but,
I think strict alternate picking is the best, cause it gives a more powerful sound , economy picking gives a smoother sound.

And the great shredders like Michael Angelo , Rusty cooley, Paul gilbert , Malmsteen , all of them uses strict alternate picking.

But none of them is the wrong, and you can get fast with both , but my advice is go for alternate picking !


I thought Malmsteen used economy, I'm not sure though. It's really a matter of preference. It's really about getting from point A to B the fastest you can. By this you may need to economy or alt depending of what is more convenient.
#9
Paul Gilbert is a strict alternate picker. But most shredders use some economy picking (Malmsteen included).
#10
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