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What type of pick­ing?

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Many of th­ese ex­am­ples lend them­selves to hy­brid or finger pick­ing, as the dis­tances in­volved can make con­ven­tional pick­ing quite a chal­lenge. That’s no rea­son not to prac­tise them in all ways though. Ob­vi­ously, where si­mul­ta­ne­ous notes are played there is of­ten no other op­tion, though the oc­taves are an ex­cep­tion to this. By mut­ing the un­used string be­tween the two ex­tremes, you can cre­ate some ap­peal­ing Wes Mont­gomery-style lines. The sound of the muted string adds a cer­tain tex­ture too. Else­where, this is a good time to reap­praise the ef­fi­ciency of your pick­ing tech­nique – choos­ing the most er­gonomic up or down­strokes and keep­ing hand, wrist and arm move­ments to a min­i­mum you can re­ally tidy up all sorts of nag­ging prob­lems with some con­sis­tent, reg­u­lar work.

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