I have used alternate picking for decades, but I'm trying to learn economy picking to learn licks that are not easy to do with alternate. But it's a struggle to not end up reverting to old habits. I have some questions for players here who came from alternate picking backgrounds and learned economy picking.... 1) how long did it take for you to 'get' economy picking and execute it without slipping into alternate? 2) what were the practice techniques or routine that you used to help break the alternate picking habit? 3) Do you use economy picking full time now, or do you use one or the other, depending on the material you're playing? 4) if you economy pick only based on the material you're playing, how do you know when to choose which style you use? 5) more tactical question... do you use economy picking when you do riffs that involve string skipping? thanks!!!