The Power of “Economy Picking”
Rules of Economy Picking
- If picking the same string more than once, use alternate picks – e.g. d u d u
- When changing to a string closer to the floor than the previous string picked, pick down – e.g. if plucking string 2 after string 4, pluck string 2 as a down.
- When changing to a string closer to the ceiling than the previous string picked, pick up – e.g. if plucking 5 after string 4, pluck string 5 as up.
Example 1 – A minor scale
Example 2 – Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
Example 3 – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication