Lesson Series: “0 To 60, An Introduction to Alternate Picking” - Lesson 63

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Todd Simpson
Todd Simpson

LESSON #63 - Economic Picking In Context

Let’s warmup and get started.

Do our usual Finger Yoga and warmup your hand/arm.* Let’s take a look at increasing our overall speed. We have spent a lot of time on Alternate Picking. Let’s spend a bit of time focused on “Economic Picking”. If you find your speed has hit a wall, workng your Economic Picking can help you break through the speed barrier. Let’s use a familiar shape and focus on using two down strokes in a row as we traverse to higher strings. Just to keep things challenging, let’s also work on our stretch a bit as we go. Let’s look at our first shape. Make sure to try to start with a downstroke, and then use another downstroke when moving to a higher string. This is the essence of "Economic Picking" using more than one stroke type in sequence. Eg. Two downstrokes.

Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape: 63a.gp5 ( 1.54K )


Let’s extend this idea over several strings.

Here is the Guitar Pro 5 File for this shape: 63b.gp5 ( 1.83K )


Now lets take a pattern from LESSON 42 and add some Economic Picking focus and play it with our backing track as a solo lick after we master it with a metronome.

No Guitar Pro for this one, try to create your own Guitar Pro File as a test.


Here is our backing track for today: Lesson63_Backing.mp3 ( 2.33MB )

Try to get the shapes down to where you can play them over the backing. You can play fast or slow, just make sure it's consistent.