Chicken Picking Style 16th Note Triplets

by Chris Shofner

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  • The "Chicken Picking Style 16th Note Triplets" lesson focuses on a unique technique between the left and right hands using 16th note triplet to make a sort "clucking" sound. This is a quintessential technique for chicken picking and once mastered can fit into many spaces. The right hand uses a hybrid picking technique with alternate picking between the pick and middle finger (or more fingers in the event of double/triple stops) along with palm muting. The left hand lightly touches the string during the triplets between the fretted notes. The tone is classic, snappy twang. I recommend using the bridge pickup and a good compressor. During the course of the piece there the triplets are utilized at the beginning or phrases, the middle of phrases, ascending and descending.

    Key: G
    Chords: G, C, D
    Time Signature: 2/4
    BPM: 90

    Gear: Tele>Wampler Ego Compressor>PedalMonsters Klone>Vox AC15>Shure SM57>Presonus>Ableton Live

    Scales:

    G Major Pentatonic
    G

    C Major Pentatonic
    C

    D Major Pentatonic
    D
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