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NCFC91  
10 Sep 2008 19:01 | Quote
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what is the point in this? it doesnt give anything a different sound, or does it?
BodomBeachTerror  
10 Sep 2008 19:10 | Quote
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as opposed to what?
EMB5490  
10 Sep 2008 19:13 | Quote
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u neeeeeeeeed it lol, u use it for lots name a song...
BodomBeachTerror  
10 Sep 2008 19:14 | Quote
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when ur soloing u always use alternate picking, unless its legato, tapping, or sweeping.. alternate picking is much faster than just downpicking
baudelaire  
10 Sep 2008 20:13 | Quote
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you must economy pick, or you just plain suck. do it. don't question it; do it. you ALWAYS move the pick the shortest distance possible.
GRX40  
10 Sep 2008 20:23 | Quote
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baudelaire says:
you must economy pick, or you just plain suck.


Or he's a beginner who's trying to learn something new that could make him a better player? I agree that you should alternate pick whenever possible (which is most of the time). It will be much easier to play quickly, and accurately.
Crunch  
10 Sep 2008 21:04 | Quote
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It's the best route in almost any case imaginable, but there are some instances where pure downstroking is the best idea. Some punk songs come to mind. Personally, I really don't like alternate picking on "Black Dog," why, I don't know-it just doesn't feel right. Taking that into consideration, your own feeling might be a good indicator of what you should do in a tricky situation.
telecrater  
10 Sep 2008 21:27 | Quote
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baudelaire says:
you must economy pick, or you just plain suck. do it. don't question it; do it. you ALWAYS move the pick the shortest distance possible.


I think this may be the first time I totally agree with you.

when i started i played all down strokes, then started learning alt picking. Now i learned about directional picking a while back and realized that I naturally do it. Mind i'm not super fast because i never cared about that but i do the directional picking thing.
CTown  
10 Sep 2008 23:53 | Quote
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telecrater says:
I think this may be the first time I totally agree with you.
...quick check hell, I think it just froze over!

When I started learning guitar I was dead set on only playing down strokes, but you actually make it more difficult on yourself in the long run... Like Tele says, It becomes natural.
NCFC91  
11 Sep 2008 06:57 | Quote
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ok thanks guys I was just under the impression it change the sound or
Something for some reason but it's a more suffient way of picking for speed.
sixtiesguy  
11 Sep 2008 10:35 | Quote
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Actually it does change the sound slightly if you listen very carefully. The down stroke appears to have more clarity. Anyone else notice this?
JazzMaverick  
11 Sep 2008 14:15 | Quote
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I said this in the economy picking topic...

Learn them both!!! Seriously.

Learn to change between them at anytime properly, it'll seriously help you.
baudelaire  
11 Sep 2008 14:26 | Quote
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economy picking is alternate picking + speed.

alternate picking is economy picking, only it's slower.


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