Do any of you try to master both techniques? or do you just master one?
Django obviously only used the gypsy technique (unless i've been misled over the years!). I noticed Andrea's Oberg only does alternate picking cuz picks like that even on a manouche guitar. Bireli Lagrene on the other hand has mastered both techniques. He gypsy picks when he plays a manouche guitar, but he alternate picks when he straight ahead jazz and fusion.
to me they both have their advantages and disadvantages, therefore I'm trying to learn both. At first my alternate picking technique sucked, that's why I picked up the gypsy technique. I'm pretty good at it now, and it's definitely become my second nature. It's even awkward for me to alternate pick now, but I've come to a lot of music where it would make more sense to alternate pick, especially music that requires an electric guitar.
I'm ready to "re-learn" alternate picking. i was just curious about all your thoughts on gypsy picking vs alternate picking. suggestions would be nice too.