Economy Picking Mechanics

by David Wallimann

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  • In today's lesson, we'll discuss economy picking / sweep picking which is a technique that will allow you to reach very fast speeds with minimal right hand movement. The principle of sweep picking is simple: anytime you need to play two consecutive strings, use the same picking direction. If you play an alternate picking run but "break" the alternate pattern when playing two consecutive strings (and use sweep picking) then you get a technique called economy picking.

    We'll be using all the seven modes extracted from the key of G Major. In order to make these scales sweepable, we'll use some three notes per string fingerings. Make sure to memorize all the scale patterns before playing this exercise. Start with a slow tempo making sure everything is very clean...

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