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Miss­ing out one or more strings can al­low you to play ear-catch­ing in­ter­vals and licks. Andy Saphir skips his way through an­other great les­son.

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Andy Saphir has some more string-skip­ping über tips to pass on to you.

to Con­Clude our string skip­ping theme, this month we look at it from a hy­brid pick­ing per­spec­tive. If you’ve never hy­brid picked be­fore, th­ese ex­er­cises might be chal­leng­ing, though I hope not pro­hib­i­tively so. Hy­brid pick­ing is the use of the pick and fin­gers. It’s com­monly used when play­ing coun­try mu­sic, although it is be­ing adopted more and more in other styles. When you get used to this tech­nique, you may ac­tu­ally find it eas­ier to play cer­tain string skip­ping ideas, as your pick­ing hand fin­gers are al­ready po­si­tioned over dif­fer­ent strings. us­ing the pick for such licks can en­tail some tricky al­ter­nate pick­ing chal­lenges. there are some great sound­ing ideas here, but a tip: keep­ing the heel of your hand rest­ing on the bridge area will ‘root’ them in place for more ac­cu­rate re­sults.

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