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An Introduction to Hybrid Picking
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An Introduction to Hybrid Picking

Hybrid picking is what I always refer to as "pick and finger.” An extremely versatile and flexible technique, it allows you to combine the best of both worlds: flatpicking and fingerpicking together! This is great for learning the great piano-style licks of Buddy Guy, and the great pedal-steel sounds of Clarence White of the Byrds.

In this lesson I'll show you some of those licks, as well as help you develop this technique in general as an extension of your current style. I have found that many players use it to some extent, but don't really rely on it as heavily as they could.

You'll also see how the hybrid style of picking enables you to "dampen" notes better, and how it can really be used for some great rockabilly rhythm playing as well as lead playing.

A great tool for all guitarists, and a lesson not to be missed.—Arlen Roth

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Arlen Roth

Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar. Read More...

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