#1
I just wondered, I prefer using economy picking but will I ever have to use alternate picking?
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Depends on your music you play....
If you play metal then yes....
If you play rock and that stuff not so much....
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honestly, i think economy picking is better, but shouldnt you alternate pick when playing a fast riff on one string?
its really all a matter of preference.
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My guitar teacher, one of the best guitarists in the state, shreds with alternate picking, he says he likes the percussiveness of it. I play using economy picking though.
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alternate picking would be faster than economy. i use alternate picking for solos but for palm muted chords, it's all downstrokes from there.
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Its not technically a vs thread, Im not comparing the two, just asking if I will actually have to use alternate picking.
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#9
I think it is better to master Alternate first, after you mastered it (Which is not so easy) you can move on and try economy, if you like it.

I play alternate most of the time, easier for me.
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Its not technically a vs thread, Im not comparing the two, just asking if I will actually have to use alternate picking.


Dude, you just replied to a computer program not a human, the program just found the 'VS' and automatically posted a *reported* comment based on the fact that there is a 'VS' involved which is what computers do. So basically what this computer doesn't understand is that the VS threads that should not be created are the ones that compare between people or objects that have intrinsic and/or extrinsic value.

Back to topic, I recommend you try both, like pick a song with a considerable amount of lead work and play it both ways, then see which technique you are comfortable with but you have to be able to at least play alternate on an intermediate level to begin with.
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#12
So about alternate picking........ you still alternate the picking when you go up or down a string?
#13
i honestly don't think about it.

I can do both to a decent level. if I actually think about it I can play most things purely alt. if i think about it I can do things purely econ.

I'm not too sure what I do when not thinking about it though.

you really should be able to do both though.

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So about alternate picking........ you still alternate the picking when you go up or down a string?

yep.

it's a strict up,down,up,down,up,down etc (or vice versa) motion regardless of what else you do.
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#14
Just cause I naturally prefer picking a string down if im on the top side of it, and up if im on the bottom side.
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#15
I use both, it depends on what you are doing, if you are playing a really fast single note riff that covers one string or two adjacent strings alternate is the way to go, if you are playing a passage that involves string skipping and occasional sweeping then it's better to use hybrid picking.
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#16
I only economy pick really fast arpeggios (sweep picking), if it's at a slower pace I string skip/alt pick it.

At anything else I alt. pick, except sometimes with chords, or riffing, I might downpick or uppick only.

I started out doing economy picking, but went to alternative picking, because I think it gives me better control and timing.
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#17
i prefer economy picking.

i cant seem to wrap my head around the idea of alternate picking something like glasgow kiss.
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#18
If you look at the logistics of playing anything other than 1 note-per-string shapes you have to use alternate picking at some point.

Try playing any 2 note per string or 4 note per string ideas with economy picking and you'll see my point; you have to be able to alternate pick.
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#19
Alternate picking is a basic guitar skill and should not be bypassed! When I first started many years ago, I lazily passed on learning this and regretted it as I watched others pass me in playing speed and accuracey. (Alternate picking is good for 2-3 note chords as well) When I stopped playing for many years and took it up again, it gave me the chance to "unlearn" some bad habits and pick up new skills.
#20
I can alternate pick fine, but when I change strings, I think I use whatever's most economic. Honestly my hand is moving too fast for me too really tell what I'm doing when I change strings. People think about this stuff too much.

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I use both, it depends on what you are doing, if you are playing a really fast single note riff that covers one string or two adjacent strings alternate is the way to go, if you are playing a passage that involves string skipping and occasional sweeping then it's better to use hybrid picking.


Unless I'm calling it the wrong thing, hybrid picking is something completely different. It's where you use a pick, but fingerpick with your other fingers at the same time.
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#21
I usually do a strange mix of both when playing the main riff to "Black Dog".
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#22
Pro efficient at economy picking but alternate picking is hard if you do it RIGHT.
I have trouble switching from string to string alternating, it just seems easier to sweep down using econ into another string instead of having a fixed down stroke or upstroke
#23
unless its a chord i find it extremely hard to downpick notes.
i learned how to a. pick about 3 minutes after i learned to pick so its been with me ever since i started and i unconsciously mix economy picking and alternate picking.