ive been using economy picking for a while but i want to get into strict alternate picking but i really want to know which is better for getting into shred. so any suggestions would be awesome
Neither one is better or worse, they are just different style of playing. You can shred using both, although with the same lick (lick with string skipping and odd number of notes per string) it might sound a like different tonewise.
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Use both. Theres alot of songs wgere I use alternate picking for some parts, and economy picking for others. You cant just think of the next note as an individual in which way you're going to pick, you have to think of the next few notes as a reference to how you're going to pick, otherwise you'll find you'll get stuck at some point.
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