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Watch the Hybrid Picking online guitar lesson by TrueFire from The Indispensable Toolbox for Guitarists

Hybrid Picking - Level 1: Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Chris Buono and is sourced from Guitar Gym: Hybrid Picking.

The hybrid picking Workouts you have before you will help develop this amazingly efficient and powerful playing technique, but not without putting the time in. Here in Guitar Gym :: Hybrid Picking you'll go from intervallic shapes to scales chopped up intervals to triadic-based scalular runs - all of which would be much more difficult to play with a traditional picking technique.

Hybrid picking is a technique that involves a combination of pick and pick hand fingers. For our purpose in this course you'll be using your pick hand 2nd (P2) and 3rd fingers (P3). If you have my debut TrueFire course, Funk Fission, then you're very familiar with my pick hand nomenclature. For those of you who are not, the "P" system is assigned to the pick hand fingers to more easily convey pick hand finger assignments. The classical system (p, i, m, a, u) never really clicked with me so I just made it more obvious in my own pedagogical paperwork: T = thumb, P1 = 1st or index finger, P2 = 2nd or middle finger, etc.

Level 1 starts your hybrid picking development slowly and carefully by simply playing two-note perfect 5th intervals on the 6th and 5th strings in Workout #1. That's followed by a vertical journey with perfect 5ths across adjacent string sets in Workout #2. Finally, in Workout #3 you take a diagonal ride, one more time with perfect 5ths, honing that hybrid technique making for a solid foundation. All three Workouts will rock with your pick and P2 as that's the go-to combo for hybrid picking in the beginning stages. Ready?!