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post Sep 5 2009, 10:16 PM
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Suppose you are learning a new piece and it is not stated which is the preferred approach: How and when do you decide what approach you are going to take to picking.

I seem to only focus on alternate picking when I practice a lesson (where it is stated to alternate picks) or when you are running scales other licks.

Other than that, I seem to almost use what I think one call Economy Picking.

Ala, I do use up/downstrokes but if I am moving down a to a lower string i use a downstroke and when I move up to higher I upstroke. But I do not do it consciously, I am really just following feel.


I practice everything alternate picking, unless stated. And when I play I seem to go with feeling more than technique? But in some cases, I think I do this because the lick is difficult and i change my picking pattern to stay at tempo and execute.

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post Sep 5 2009, 10:42 PM
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QUOTE (iamblackmo @ Sep 5 2009, 10:16 PM) *
I practice everything alternate picking, unless stated. And when I play I seem to go with feeling more than technique?

I do exactly the same smile.gif Even when I'm playing I usually use alternate but if I analyse what I've done I find myself using much more. I think there's nothing wrong with that as long as you're happy with your sound.


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post Sep 5 2009, 10:46 PM
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The thing is in sound and in personal preferences of course.
Economy can never sound that punchy like AP does,
I'm talking about crossing strings tho cause everything else is actually
AP in both options.
How to decide?
You should better ask you self what is it that you're trying to accomplish.
Are you trying to make things easier for yourself OR to make different sound with certain lick?

And at the end of the day the best possible thing
is to be able to play same lick in many different ways
so you could REALLY have a possibility to decide. smile.gif


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post Sep 5 2009, 11:06 PM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Sep 5 2009, 11:46 PM) *
The thing is in sound and in personal preferences of course.
Economy can never sound that punchy like AP does,
I'm talking about crossing strings tho cause everything else is actually
AP in both options.
How to decide?
You should better ask you self what is it that you're trying to accomplish.
Are you trying to make things easier for yourself OR to make different sound with certain lick?

And at the end of the day the best possible thing
is to be able to play same lick in many different ways
so you could REALLY have a possibility to decide. smile.gif

Well said, I agree 100%. It's best to have all the options available.


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