EXAMPLE 7: PAT BUCHANAN I first became aware of Pat’s name from reading the liner notes of The Dixie Chicks’ Fly album. This example is how Pat might approach a country blues shuffle. The sliding double-stops instantly make the piece sound country. Ideally you should try and pop the fifth and fourth strings in the main riff so that they almost slap back against the fretboard. Country guitar is often very perussive, and this is a great way of adding twang, bite and attack.
EXAMPLE 8: JERRY MCPHE RSON Jerry has had a very successful career in the Christian genre. Chicken pickin’ is so called because of the ‘clucking’ sound created by the 16th-note triplets; to achieve this sound you can either palm mute the appropriate string or fret very lightly with your fingers. For the first two chicken picked pieces I have included two alternative approaches to fingering the same pattern; I personally prefer the first, but you may favour the second. I would recommend using the suggested fingering though.