How should a beginner approach the question of when to use alternate vs. economy vs. hybrid picking.?
I think either could be used for Finger gym or for Scales. Both also beginning level skills.
Welcome to the forum Eddie.
Alternate picking is good for Major and minor scales the way Justin teaches them.
It works out to be 16 note both ways. It works well with the finger Gym as well
Never to early to try something new.
I’d learn Alternate picking first then the others
Economy picking is a good skill to have if you plan on playing fast licks.
Hybrid picking is used for chords and such. A combo of Pick and fingers.
I hardly ever us a pick on both electric and acoustic but use Hybrid picking a lot when I do use