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Economy pick or alternative pick??

Pablo De Miguel

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  • Nov 11, 2019
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    I´ve seen in some places that is better to practice economy pick because you are practicing sweep picking and alternative picking at the same time, but i´ve seen in the lessons that Papa Gates start focusng on alternative picking and then he start teaching economy picking.
    What should I do, master alternative picking and then economy picking or maybe I can practice the both techniques at the same time????
     

    Ids Schiere

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    I would go for both because for me economy picking only works for me when there is an oddys number of notes per strinog and since you probably sometimes need to play 1 an even number of notes per string it is nice to have some alternate picking Skills too
     

    Cedric L

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    Nov 11, 2019
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    I first learned Economy Picking. But many people say that you should first learn Alternate Picking.
    I think you can learn both at the same time. Change the technique in every solo like Ids said. There are solos which are better for Alternate (like Scream) and there are solos for Economy (like Hail To The King).
     
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    Hector Trejo

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    I’d learn alternate picking first and then add economy picking to your tool belt! A bit hypocritical for me to say though because for some odd reason, when I’m going from the low to high strings, I alternate pick. When I go from high to low strings, I economy pick. I didn’t even know I had that habit until a few years ago.