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Watch the Chicken Pickin' online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 60 Electric Guitar Techniques You MUST Know

Some picking techniques are stylistic dead ringers. Chicken pickin' is almost universally associated with country and its related genres. Based on alternate picking, you're playing muted notes by way of a softened fretting pressure followed by fully fretted notes. Given the intended vibe, what players are usually going for with chicken pickin' is almost always played in medium to high tempo scenarios. With that in mind, it's imperative you start slow to ensure control and accuracy.

Looking for inspiration? Start with Albert Lee. That's where I first heard the technique. Then, quickly get on over to our own Johnny Hiland and go from there!