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Watch the Picking Techniques online guitar lesson by BJ Baartmans from Slapback, Billy & Twang Guidebook

Just like all the famous players using different guitars, they all had their own way of picking too. Some used a thumb pick like Chet Atkins or Cliff Gallup. Some used a straight picking technique like Chuck Berry, and some used a hybrid style with pick and fingers combined like James Burton. Brian Setzer used either his fingers or a pick and would hide his pick under his first finger when needed. This is a bit like how I do it, though I'm quite often using my mouth as a pick holder...

All these styles make for different tonal effects and quite a different feel when it comes to phrasing and timing. So they also make for the personal touch that is so welcome! Best thing is, there are no rules. If it works it works.