Hybrid Picking Excercises

by Russell Cash

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  • Hello everyone and welcome to the lesson. In this lesson I will show you some basic hybrid picking exercises that will work over a 12 bar blues in E as well as creating some melodic riffs in E major. At the end of th4e lesson I show you a riff over 12 bars finger picking. You should be able to hear the difference in tone.

    Hybrid picking is a style of playing used by many country players that incorporates using a standard pick while also using the remaining fingers on your picking hand. That's not to say only country players use this technique. The lesson example was create specifically in an alternating pattern so that you will play each down stroke with your pick and the upstroke with your middle finger. This should help you a little getting used to playing this style. Remember also that the more you dig into the strings with the meat of your fingers will create a pop or funk sound.

    Tone - For this lesson I used the Line 6 Amp Farm software playing through the Class A 30 Top Boost amp modulation that is supposed to sound like a Vox. I'm also using a noise gate, compressor, analog delay, reverb and phaser for effects,

    The Licks - Most of these licks will work in any genre of music from country, blues, rock, surf etc. In all of the licks we will be pulling off to open strings. On many occasions we don't want the open strings to ring out. You can dampen these notes by not pulling your fingers off all the way. This will deaden the notes and add to a more country funk sound.

    Feel free to contact me if you need more help.

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