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What Is Economy Picking?

No matter what another Definition of alternate picking is you're doing your Downs on your downbeats and your UPS on your upbeats, but regardless, it's this consistent pattern of down and up whereas economy picking you're going to be sometimes doing two downs in a row when you're Switching strings or you might be doing to UPS in a row when you're switching strings.

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 Please note, this transcription was computer generated and has not been checked for errors.  However, I do hope you find it helpful.   

Be sure to check out The Ultimate Modal Poster!

So somebody on Reddit the other day I asked what is economy picking and I thought well, that's a pretty good question. And it's also a good topic to make a video out of so here we are economy picking is an alternative to alternate picking alternate picking just means you're doing down up down up down up. No matter what another Definition of alternate picking is you're doing your Downs on your downbeats and your UPS on your upbeats, but regardless, it's this consistent pattern of down and up whereas economy picking you're going to be sometimes doing two downs in a row when you're Switching strings or you might be doing to UPS in a row when you're switching strings.

You can't do this all the time. This is only going to work out in specific situations on the guitar.

But if you set up situations to be economy picked, you can access a lot more speed at least I can personally there's sort of a debate between economy picking an alternate picking. I personally think you should learn both.

Neither of them is going to hurt you and you certainly don't want to rely on one or the other but I see a lot of advantages to learning economy picking especially when you're dealing with things are three notes per string.

And even smaller little licks that you know to string licks and stuff like that. So let's get right into it. Basically, what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my major scale and there's a million ways to play it because the major scale in a we'll just use a the notes of a major all over my fretboard so I can play a major like this.

I could play it like this.

But what I'm gonna do is arrange it like this and you'll see that's three notes per string and what that enables me to do is an economy picking pattern. We're on each string. My pick is going to go down and then up and then down. Am I next thing you'll be down down down up down down up down down up down down up down.

Now the down that third down here down up down a third pick stroke down up down that down really just Glides down to the next string.

It's not even a separate pick stroke.

Whereas if I was alternate picking I would do down up down and then I'd actually have to swing my pickup instead. We're just doing down down straight through to the next string and we'll do it again here down down a big down there down up down down up down.

So by removing the need to swing your pick all the way down here and do an up stroke you get a little extra speed.

In between each one of those strings and I mean Meep I can I can economy pick through a scale much faster than I can alternate pick through it so that to me it's worth practicing this sort of thing on the way up if we're on the way down the scale if we start on the first string we would just do the opposite we would start with an up stroke and we would go up down up.

And that last upstroke would take us to another upstroke up down up and then another op strap up down up up down up up down up up down.

So since we're set up three notes per string. It's pretty easy to practice this as a triplet flavor. Imagine just doing 1 triplet 2 triplet 3 triplet 4 triplet 1 like that and then on the way up and once again a little faster.

So, I mean I'm a little out of shape here on some of these but you can hear there's a lot of speed in between the strings and this works for any three note per string pattern. So if I was in a mixolydian or Halo Crib That's a locrian right there so we can go up and down scales a lot faster with the economy picking, but I also like to See how it applies to small little licks. And here's a good example.

I'm going to put my pinky on 12 on the first string. I'm going to my first finger on nine on the first string and I'm going to have my middle finger on 10 on the second string those three notes. Give me an a major arpeggio.

All right, and the way I'm going to play this like this, I'll do an up stroke with my pinky on 12 and I'll do a pull off an up with a pull off now. I'm going to down on the second string and down on the first string.

So there's the two downs right there. That was my economy picking normally if If I was alternate picking this you would do a down up in between those strings. But why would I switch the pick Direction what I could just down down? I can just plow through those two notes. All right, so I would have an up stroke down down up up pull off down down up down down up down down up and for me, I can play that faster. If I got any pick it if I have to do a down up down down up down. I start really bogging down.

So and that's applicable to different arpeggios. Obviously if I was in C sharp minor, Same exact picking or here's a minor instead they made her.

So let me give you one more example here of a small little lik here that you can play just using economy picking will start with the same arpeggio balloon up stroke, but then we'll do down top down and then we'll follow through that downstroke again to do our economy picking so up down up down down up down up down down up down up down down.

Nice little move lots of speed that you can throw in at any point in time right there. You can think of a 60s as one-e-and-a two-e-and-a three-e-and-a, or you can think there's triplet 1 triplet 2 triplet.

All right, so economy picking I think this should explain a pretty clearly and there's a lot of ways we can use it. But basically it's just a a technique of getting your pick to follow through to the next string when you're ascending and descending and me personally. I like to arrange certain guitar solos and certain difficult passages.

So I have access to that economy picking move because for me it's faster than doing alternate picking.

I do Practice Things both ways, though because it's important to balance out any of the you know, the the blind spots you might have in your Technique, you know, you don't want to really Rely completely on one technique and I would be the first to admit that I probably should practice more more alternate picking than economy taking because I'm comfortable economy picking a lot of things, but a lot of alternate picking passages. I try to convert to economy picking just because it feels more comfortable to me at this point, and that's just a matter of practicing a lot.

So hopefully this gives you a little light into the economy picking as you go forward and Trek through the Strange World of lead guitar.

So thank you for watching. I'll see you next time.

 





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