Watch the Chicken Pickin': Study 1 online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Country Guitar Survival Guide: Lead Edition
Chicken pickin' is probably the most identifiable sound associated with country guitar. So much so that the name itself is synonymous with country guitar playing. We're starting with this technique because it's the building block of almost every technique to follow in this course. Players like James Burton and Roy Nichols are some of the early pioneers of this technique.
Chicken pickin' is a type of hybrid picking that is extremely percussive. The sound is achieved by muting and popping strings in tandem. The muting can be done with the palm or by releasing tension in the fretting hand. The fingers should pluck hard enough to slap the string against the frets. In this example we'll be applying chicken pickin' to single strings while mixing in bends, hammer-ons and slides.