Metal Guitar Techniques - Economy Picking

Atlanta based heavy metal guitarist Emil Werstler demonstrates the metal guitar technique - Economy picking in this sample video. Lead guitarist of the band, DAATH (Roadrunner Records / Century Media), Emil has made a serious name for himself in the guitar world in a very short time.

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