I'd say that in general they'd be the same thing, "alternative" is just a less common, clunky way to say it.
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So what? I wasted like 5 minutes watching DaddyTwoFoot's avatar.

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Never heard of "alternative" picking =S...
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I didn't think they had metal in the 1790's

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Copper is a metal

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Ah, touche.
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is that the same thing or im just confused?

alternate picking = a picking style that strictly alternates between up and down strokes

alternative picking = a mispelled version of alternate picking.

( by someone new to the guitar that misheard someone talking about alternate picking)
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