Economy Picking Technique!

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Lead Guitar Lesson – Economy Picking Exercises – Shred Guitar

Hello. This is Cameron Rasmussen for guitarcontrol.com.

Today we’re going to be talking about economy picking.
Economy picking, how I like to look at it, is a mix
between sweep picking and alternate picking. It’s more
akin to alternate picking in the way you’d use it in a
lick. The two licks that I’ll show you today could also
be used as alternate picking exercises. But when you use
economy picking, economy picking is a way that you can
play something much faster than you can with alternate
picking because you can keep your right hand much more
relaxed and you can play the same lick as you would with
alternate picking with less motion. So if you’re having
trouble playing any lick with alternate picking, a good
place to go to is your economy picking as long as you’ve
had them both practiced up.

Economy picking is — why I said it’s a mix between sweeping
and alternate picking is because what you’re doing is you’re
basically alternate picking, but you’re kind of doing a half
sweep to the next string. For an example of what I’m talking
about, playing that A minor scale up to the 5th, that was with
alternate picking. But I’ll do it with economy picking and
what that is, is downstroke first, upstroke, downstroke and
then another downstroke to the next string and then upstroke
again, starting the pattern over and over again as you move
up the strings. Now it requires less motion because instead
of hitting the next string with an upstroke you’re hitting
with a downstroke which requires you don’t have to change
direction with your right hand.

The first lick I’m going to show you today is a hexatonic
A minor shape, ascending in three octaves, and I’m going
to do it ascending and descending using economy picking.
The next lick I’m going to show you is almost the same
thing in A minor, but it’s not a hexatonic. It’s going
to be a regular ascending scale, but we’re going to do
the same pattern in two octaves and it’s going to require
some change of direction in our right hand, making it a
little bit harder, which is a good exercise to develop
your economy picking. Here we go. I’ll play it again.

So there are two exercises that are really good for
practicing your economy picking and it’s not so far
off from alternate picking, but it is a good new
twist on a different way to use your picking hand
and it’s a good tool to have if you need to use it.

So guys, for the tab examples for this video I’m also
going to include the direction your pick should be going
for each note so there’s no confusion. This has been
a good lesson in economy picking. I enjoyed showing you
guys. I hope you got a lot out of it. Please click the
link in the video description if you’d like to see the
tab for the examples I’ve shown you today and
I’ll see you next time.

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