My guitar teacher recently showed me the three note per string version of the major scale (newb stuff I know). As I've been practicing it, I've noticed that I'm doing something very weird with my picking...
As I ascend the scale (going 6th string to 1st), I'm using economy picking, but when descending the scale (going 1st string to 6th), I use alternate picking. Neither of these are really a conscious effort, it's just what feels right. I've tried changing one of the picking styles to match the other so that I'm doing the same both ways, but it causes me a lot of trouble.
My question is: Do you think I can get away with doing two different picking styles? Will I run into any real problems by doing this?
Trying to decide if it's worth re-learning picking technique or just sticking with what comes natural to me.
I had a similar behaviour and I decided to put in the effort to correct (cannot really remember what I based this decision on) this even though I had done things this way for many years. In hindsight I'm not sure it was worth it. There are well known guitarists that advocates economy picking as well so it's just different ways of thinking. It is very common to combine techniques like alt picking and legato for example. If you alternate what you previously economy picked do you notice any benefits? Hopefully Sean or some other superhuman shredder can sh(r)ed some light on the subject. Good luck!