TECHNIQUE FOCUS Hybrid Picking
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!