Watch the Bluegrass Inspired Techniques online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Country Guitar 8: Advanced Rhythm Principles

Bluegrass Inspired Techniques - Concept 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Johnny Hiland and is sourced from Ten Gallon Guitar: Rhythm.


Let's go over some bluegrass inspired techniques on an electric guitar. Playing bluegrass on an electric guitar may seem a little different, but if you want to play fast—as we chickin pickers are prone to do—it's definitely the way to go.

When I play these bluegrass licks, I'm using my middle and ring finger alongside the pick, which have attached fake nails (which I use to play the chickin pickin' style licks as well). They also help me keep my hand stationary and still near the back of the bridge. The pick is hitting the bass notes while my nails hit the higher strings, allowing me to do some rolls and separate the rhythm from the bass part. This gives you more of your hand to play the bluegrass licks with, and allows you to move them around the bassline.