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While hybrid picking—the simultaneous use of pick and fingers—is nothing new to the world of guitar, it’s the unique take one can put on such a staple technique that can make it something, well, unique. In this segment I hip you to my take on hybrid picking, which adds greatly to my palette of percussive-like playing techniques. Additionally, hybrid picking affords the precision I need when playing complex harmonies or single note lines that involve large intervals that involve fingerings with string skips.

With my pick nestled in-between my thumb and first finger and my remaining three fingers curled and ready to go, I constantly toggle between the varying timbres of notes attacked with a pick and/or fingers for even more tonal options. This coupled with my String Percussion concept offers up myriad sounds right from my hands! In regards to the aforementioned pick I use 1.0 mm Juratex heavy triangle picks made by Cool picks and I turn them to the side so the sandpaper-like blue oval faces downward towards the floor.

Since we’re now starting to incorporate the remaining pick hand fingers, it’s important you understand how I will refer to them on paper. When looking at the Power Tab charts throughout this course I will use the following symbols:

Pick – you will always see the traditional downstroke