Slinky hybrid-picking licks that impress
This Month, I’m combining the conventional flat-picking technique with fingerstyle – more widely known as hybrid picking. An advantage of this method is the ability to incorporate simultaneous ‘piano’style triads and intervallic skips, with the option to change to alternate picking at any point. Holding the pick between thumb and first finger, I’m using the second (and sometimes third) fingers to play up to three simultaneous notes. The pick takes the role of what would be the thumb if playing completely fingerstyle. So why not use a thumbpick? Well, Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel are among the players who have done so – though this tends to lend itself more to solo guitar arrangements where independent basslines and melodies are more intricate.
Hybrid picking seems to be the preference of those who play more single-note lines, using the extra fingers more occasionally, like Eric Johnson or Albert Lee. You can also add more dynamics using the fingers to ‘snap’ the strings back against the fretboard. Even without a bright tone set on the amp, you can make notes pop out of the mix. Hope you enjoy the licks and see you next time!
Country boy Albert Lee: one of the modern masters of hybrid picking