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Egln40
post Dec 5 2006, 10:08 PM
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Hi.

Just started with electric and Masterclass.
I am a bit confused about alternate picking. I understand the up down - up down pattern, but..........
How do you manage that when on a down stroke, you go down a string (D to G for example). Do you have to hit the G on a up stroke, or on the way down ?
Thanks for giving me some light.
Eric.
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PickNGrin
post Dec 7 2006, 04:08 PM
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If I was picking down on the D string, and the next note was on the G string, I typically would NOT execute an upstroke on the G string.....that would mean going over the string and reversing direction to come back up and pick it with an upstoke.
If I was going from the D string to the A string...then I would execute an up stroke.
And, I'd still call this "alternate picking". Basically, if you are using both up and down strokes, you are incorporating alternate picking.
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post Dec 7 2006, 06:32 PM
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QUOTE (PickNGrin @ Dec 7 2006, 06:08 PM) *
If I was picking down on the D string, and the next note was on the G string, I typically would NOT execute an upstroke on the G string.....that would mean going over the string and reversing direction to come back up and pick it with an upstoke.
If I was going from the D string to the A string...then I would execute an up stroke.
And, I'd still call this "alternate picking". Basically, if you are using both up and down strokes, you are incorporating alternate picking.


This kind of thinking works nicely if you aren't after the demonic speeds (and there certainly is no need for that!). blink.gif

However, if you want achieve crazy alternate picking a la Paul Gilbert/Yngwie Malmsteen - then I can stronlgy recommend reversing direction in order to play 100,00 % strict alternate picking even if it feels uncofortbale at first.

The reason I can say this with certainty is because I have been on the "wrong road" in alternate picking land for a long time - it took me a lot of time to repair this. In fact, it has only very recently started to pay off.

I also know Tank has a similar experience.


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- Egln40   alternate picker ? am i ?   Dec 5 2006, 10:08 PM
- - ezravdb   alternate picking means: Always UP and DOWN or DOW...   Dec 5 2006, 10:15 PM
- - sanders4617   For me.. I guess it depends on what I am doing aft...   Dec 5 2006, 10:52 PM
|- - Guitar1969   QUOTE (PickNGrin @ Dec 7 2006, 07:08 AM) ...   Dec 8 2006, 01:05 AM
|- - Kristofer Dahl   QUOTE (Guitar1969 @ Dec 8 2006, 03:05 AM)...   Dec 8 2006, 11:38 PM
- - Egln40   Yes, I realised how uncomfortable reversing is, bu...   Dec 7 2006, 07:43 PM
- - DanielM   i agree the only way to master alternate picking i...   Dec 7 2006, 09:47 PM
|- - Kristofer Dahl   QUOTE (DanielM @ Dec 7 2006, 11:47 PM) so...   Dec 7 2006, 10:16 PM
- - DanielM   ok so basically restrict that technique to sweepin...   Dec 7 2006, 10:50 PM
|- - Kristofer Dahl   QUOTE (DanielM @ Dec 8 2006, 12:50 AM) ok...   Dec 7 2006, 10:53 PM
- - Norven   I use alternativ picking. But sometimes when i do ...   Dec 8 2006, 11:24 PM
- - Kristofer Dahl   ...so I think it sounds ok and it's pretty fas...   Dec 9 2006, 12:34 PM
|- - Josiah   Economy picking kind of confused me too. I was tol...   Dec 9 2006, 07:10 PM
|- - Kristofer Dahl   QUOTE (Josiah @ Dec 9 2006, 09:10 PM) Eco...   Dec 10 2006, 10:28 PM
- - PickNGrin   WOW! great thread! Some good points here,...   Dec 12 2006, 05:13 PM
- - Tom   Kris if you were, for example, to play a full sca...   Dec 13 2006, 01:16 PM
- - Kristofer Dahl   QUOTE if you were, for example, to play a full sca...   Dec 13 2006, 01:59 PM
- - RIP Dime   Hey guys, I don't mean to thread jack, but cou...   Dec 14 2006, 08:08 AM
|- - Kristofer Dahl   QUOTE (RIP Dime @ Dec 14 2006, 10:08 AM) ...   Dec 14 2006, 08:35 AM
|- - Codyrg   Honestly, I think economy picking sounds smoother ...   Dec 18 2006, 07:41 PM
- - RIP Dime   Yes, I'm trying to get my alternate picking go...   Dec 14 2006, 08:56 AM
|- - Kristofer Dahl   QUOTE (RIP Dime @ Dec 14 2006, 10:56 AM) ...   Dec 14 2006, 11:43 AM
- - RIP Dime   That's true, I did learn alot, hopefully after...   Dec 14 2006, 11:59 AM
- - Armageddon   Great topic. I never thought about that two techni...   Dec 26 2006, 10:05 PM
- - Gustavo   i have been using eco picking from i started (7 mo...   May 8 2007, 03:14 AM
- - mattacuk   You know what guys, ive been Alternate picking fro...   May 8 2007, 08:23 PM
- - JCJXXL   I totally agree. Alternate picking is the way to g...   May 9 2007, 03:45 AM
- - Leviathan   QUOTE (Egln40 @ Dec 5 2006, 04:08 PM) Hi....   May 9 2007, 04:43 AM
- - JOhn   how is it different? i practiced economy picking b...   May 30 2007, 11:25 AM
|- - Bulletproof   I honestly have found that alternate picking is GO...   Jan 7 2008, 10:01 PM
- - Sabbz   I guess I'm lucky. When I started playing, whe...   Jan 7 2008, 10:04 PM
- - DeepRoots   I accidently learned economy picking when trying t...   Jan 7 2008, 10:16 PM
- - Muris   It's good to have both in the pocket,might com...   Jan 8 2008, 02:38 AM


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