Sweep picking vs alternating picking?


axemaster911
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12/12/2006 7:32 am
Are these two terms describing basically the same motion, or is there a major difference in meanings of both terms?
When I see both terms I think of upstroke-downstroke, or downstroke-upstroke in rapid succession. Im not sure on sweep picking though, Im thinking the fretting hand comes into play more as far as technique goes with sweep picking. But really, who knows the best technique, and/or touch of style to explain perfect sweep picking mastery? :D
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12/12/2006 10:49 am
alternate picking is strict 'down-up-down-up' motion regardless of movement between strings.

Sweep picking is more like strumming a chord. A single downward or upward motion crossing strings in the same direction and fretting notes as appropriate. You mute with the palm of the picking hand, and take your fingers off the frets right after you hit the note, so you get each one sounding separate, rather than the notes blending in to each other.

Sweep picking and economy picking are strictly speaking the same thing - it's just about whether you stick to strcit 'down-up-down-up' (hence 'alternate' picking), or whether you move the pick in the direction of the string you are moving to ('economy' comes from the minimal movement needed). Sweep picking is usually used to blast through an arpeggio ultra-fast...

Try a forum search - there's a fair bit on it. :cool:

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12/12/2006 8:07 pm
I would use economy picking for scalar type runs, and sweeping for arpeggios. Although there are many variations on arpeggios where alternate, economy, and sweep picking styles are to be utilized..so I would really suggest practicing all 3 styles.
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12/18/2006 11:36 am
Learning how to alternate pick has been essential for me, though I'm glad I've started to learn economy picking as its making things much easier. Its just getting into the habbit of doing it without thinking that is the tricky part!
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12/26/2006 1:52 am
both styles are important. dont get too bogged down in one or the other. also, if you are having trouble with sweep picking, try a technique called rake picking. its something i picked up from satch. its very similar to sweeping in that you make smooth motions of the pick over several strings. however for raking your fingers are already in place. it makes regular chords, especially bar chords, sound tremendously interesting.
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01/14/2007 1:34 am
Once you learn alternate picking you'll use it for everything and economy picking will follow. I only just started learning sweep picking as it isn't used so commonly but its a very useful skill to get down to help improve your soloing speed.
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01/14/2007 2:01 am
If you ever want to read more on the subject here some links to alternate, sweep and economy picking available on GT.

Alternate picking
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=3584
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=2851
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=1460
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http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9862
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=8093
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=3582
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=8213

Sweep
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=5458
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9869
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9713
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9633
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=8750
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=8254
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=7040
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=6123
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9837
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9727
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=10005
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=8762
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9467
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9879

Economy picking
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9272
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=8768
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9372
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=9373
http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=1620
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