Watch the Rakes online guitar lesson by David Grissom from Open Road Guitar
In its most basic level a rake is when you drag the pick across the strings. First I can rake across all the strings individually to get a nice percussive sound, I do this quite a bit. An interesting variation I use quite a bit as well incorporates a little hybrid picking. For example if I play an A major chord on the top four strings on the 5th fret, I will rake across the 4th and 3rd strings with the pick, pluck the 2nd string with my middle finger and then use my pick again to play the 1st string. I tend to use three note rakes quite a bit and use hybrid picking. I like the way a triplet phrase can bring me into my top note. I will also use up stroke rakes quite a bit using only the pick. Practice both regular picking and hybrid picking when using rakes and listen to the difference. I really like the way each variation can sound. It also sounds great in rhythm guitar playing.