Chicken Pickin' Solo

by Chris Shofner

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  • My first video lesson with GMC is a chicken pickin' solo in the key of A.
    While this solo briefly covers many techniques, future lessons will explore each of them in depth.

    The solo starts off with a lick based on the blues pentatonic scale. It utilizes the scale's flexible 3rd (major or minor). The beauty of chicken picking is that you can use lots of scales and licks that you already know. It's all about playing within the style.


    Chicken Pickin' Techniques:

    Claw Picking
    Open String Pull-Offs
    Double-Stop Pull-Offs
    Neck Bends
    Steel Guitar Bends
    Banjo Rolls

    Tuning: Standard - EADGBE

    Key: A

    Tempo: 120bpm

    Time Signature: 4/4

    Gear: Partscaster Tele with Kinman Broadcaster pickups, Fender Princeton Reverb Reissue (modified), Wampler Ego Compressor, Strymon El Capistan

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