Watch the Picking Techniques online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Focus On: Funk Guitar

While alternate picking will likely be the cornerstone of your improvising there are two picking techniques that go great with a funk soloing style: Power wrist picking and hybrid picking. The power wrist technique is a great way to throw down some nasty sounding lines that are built on simple ideas, yet totally cut through with, well, POWER! To get it sounding right you'll need to employ the muting techniques we went over in Rhythm Concept 5 as well as pay close attention to the use of staccato when ending a phrase as seen in Exs. 1 and 2. Hybrid picking is a more precise technique that makes use of your pick hand 2nd finger (P2) that's meant to exploit dynamics and tight playing like we talked about in Rhythm Concept 4. As you go through Exs. 3 and 4 check out how the hybrid picked note pops. When both of these techniques are executed properly it's sooo funky!