Watch the Grip and Rip online guitar lesson by Rich Maloof from 50 Acoustic Guitar Licks You MUST Know

Neil Young has a singular approach to acoustic playing, sometimes digging in so hard you think he wants to tear his guitar a new soundhole. On tunes like "Old Man" he gets the heel of his hand into the pick attack, which lends not only a big thump but a strong attack -- or sudden mute -- on the strings. He's just as strong-handed with aggressive up- and downstrokes when he wants the string to ring.