Help with economy picking

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  1. SainT-314

    SainT-314 Senior Member

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    I can alternate pick a scale slowly, but when I speed up I want to go into the way that I learned them, all down strokes. I know practice makes perfect, but I was curious if there are any tricks.
     
  2. Joshi

    Joshi Senior Member

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    Practice (no way around that), but try it with a metronome - go slowly at first where you can alterante pick without making mistakes. Once you have it down at that tempo, turn it up a little faster (like another 2-5 bpm) and work on it until you've mastered it at that tempo, and keep doing that
     
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    frameboy Senior Member

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    I put a thread up the other day detailing my recent discovery on economy picking, which i've been doing for years without realising it.

    to 'economy pick' a major scale, start the root note on a downstroke and then alternate pick through the second, third, fourth and fifth notes.

    the fifth note should be a downstroke.

    the sixth note is on the next string, and if you continue the downstroke from the fifth note directly into the sixth note then apparently that's what they call economy picking.

    then you continue the rest of the scale with alternate picking.

    beware though - i've never come across a picking instruction that incorporates this, so if youre trying to learn licks from either a book or a dvd then this might end up tripping you up because you're missing out an upstroke.

    on the other hand, if you dont give a toss about picking instructions and just want to get faster then it might be worth a go.

    i honestly cant remember when i started doing it. as per my other post i just realised i was doing it last weekend when i tried to strictly follow an exercise.
     
  4. SainT-314

    SainT-314 Senior Member

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    Oh! I never thought of using that but that would be a gear help. Thank you sir!
     
  5. Les Blake

    Les Blake Member

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    Isn't "Economy Picking" basically just "Speed Picking"?

    If so, I can warmly recommend you "Speed Picking" by Frank Gambale.
    It's a great book and provides you a lot of good licks and exercises.

    So,... if you are interested, just PM me. :)
     
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    GitFiddle Premium Member

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    Don't try to speed up so soon. You are reprogramming your subconscious muscle memory which takes some time. Spend a few days practicing it slowly, over and over, before even trying to speed up.
     
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