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Economy Picking (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Kellie

Economy Picking

Nick Kellie demonstrates how the economy picking technique is performed.

Taught by Nick Kellie in Tips and Tricks with Nick Kellie seriesLength: 17:24Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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hummonkeyhummonkey replied on July 11th, 2013

There are parts of Alman Bros Elizabeth Reed with some of these notes where I could really use this technique.

eandy5000eandy5000 replied on March 13th, 2011

cool lesson I haven't really taken a serious look at economy picking before. Could you use hammer ons and pulloffs to compensate for the even number of notes on a string? Also after enough practice does this just become natural and you can do it without really thinking?

Tips and Tricks with Nick Kellie

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Nick Kellie demonstrates cool ways to enhance your playing.



Lesson 1

Harp Harmonics

Nick Kellie demonstrates how to incorporate harp harmonics into your playing.

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Economy Picking

Nick Kellie demonstrates how the economy picking technique is performed.

Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

More Economy Picking

Nick Kellie demonstrates and talks more about economy picking.

Length: 5:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Double Stop Bends

Nick Kellie offers up another trick for your bag. In this lesson, he discusses and demonstrates how to incorporate double stop bends into your playing.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Adding Embellishments to Chord Progressions

In this short lesson, Nick discusses adding flair to your rhythm playing by embellishing your chord progressions.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

String Skipping Exercise

Nick returns to his Tips and Tricks series with an exercise designed to help you with string skipping. Incorporating this picking technique into your playing well help open up your arpeggios and scale...

Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Basic Ear Training

In this lesson, Nick provides a primer course on ear training. By matching intervals with popular songs, you can help develop an ear for basic intervallic distances.

Length: 12:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Nick Kellie View Full Biography Nick was awarded the BBC Big Band Jazz awards "John Dankworth trophy for outstanding young soloist" and recorded a special show for BBC radio 2. He was invited to become a member of the Wigan Jazz Orchestra, and has played as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. He has played extensive gigs which include accompaniment, reading, soloing as well as styles ranging from Soul, R&B, Blues, Rock and Jazz in locations such as London, Norway, Germany and Greece.

Nick, with his professional approach towards music, brings enthusiasm and musicality to every project he is involved with. As well as being a guitarist Nick is also a fine vocalist and can sing lead vocals as well as backing vocals.

In London Nick has been involved with many projects such as Fresh Claim, which features Nick on guitar, and Jon Plotel on Bass (Billy Ocean, The Real Thing) and Vanessa Haynes band featuring members of Jeff Beck group, Eric Clapton’s Band and Allan Holdsworth’s Band. For a time Nick resided in Nashville TN where he played with many local musicians. In addition he also played in a Jazz Fusion band named "Shammah", with whom he has recorded an album.

Most recently Nick was signed to Digital Nations www.digital-nations.com - part of Steve Vai's record label and has recorded an album entitled "For A Brother" with his band "Nick Kellie Band". Upon hearing the album, Steve contacted Nick with regard to a release on his own label. It has been released in the USA, Europe and Asia. As well as this, Nick is also an endorsee of Elixir guitar strings, which are world-renowned.

Nick Also contributed to around 21 issues of Europe's biggest selling guitar magazine - "Total Guitar" in his series of articles, "Techniques of the rich and famous" and "Steal their style".

Having taught at Europe's top two guitar schools, Nick was also appointed as head of the guitar department at Guitar Getaways.

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