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EricV
06-20-2002, 10:27 PM
Alrighty, guys,

just wanted to let you know that Ill be gone for a few days... got two shows coming up as a "hired gun" this weekend, and so, Ill be practically gone all weekend until sometime on Monday...

But I do have another little exercise:

This one is a nice exercise for economy picking. Economy picking is another picking technique that you might wanna add into your technique-repertoire. Its a mix-up of alternate- and sweep-picking, and works great for three note per string-scales / licks.

It works like this: If you do have three notes on each string, you start on a low string with a downstroke, then it goes up, down. Now, when skipping to the next string, you continue the picking motion and play yet another downstroke.
If you do this continously, you get d-u-d-d-u-d-d-u-d etc.

This is the exercise:

http://www.ericvandenberg.com/ibreathe/economy.jpg

Of course you can use other patterns, keys and scales too... or play 6 string-licks, too...

Anyway, economy picking is another great tool, but see it as only ONE picking-technique. Alternate picking etc. is way better for licks with a different amount of notes per string, like i.e. playing pentatonic licks etc.

But try this one and see what it can do for you !
Warm regards, and Ill see ya next week !

Warm regards
Eric