TECH­NIQUE FO­CUS Hy­brid Pick­ing

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Country -

Hy­brid pick­ing (pick and fin­gers) is nigh on es­sen­tial for coun­try play­ing, al­though there are some play­ers out there who pick ev­ery note - JD Simo is one such guy. I was lucky enough to see JD live in Nashville and I was as­ton­ished by his pick­ing tech­nique. When hy­brid pick­ing, your thumb and first fin­ger are com­mit­ted to hold­ing the plec­trum; this leaves you with three re­main­ing fin­gers with which to pick - these are your sec­ond, third and fourth. In Nashville, how­ever, they are named: mid­dle (m), ring (a), and pinkie (c). How­ever, for this ar­ti­cle we will stick to our usual GT ter­mi­nol­ogy!

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