Watch the Doobie Mod online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Funk Fission
As with many instances with hybrid picking, you’ll need to re-position your pick hand according to what range of the strings the riff at hand demands. In the case of Doobie Mod, your hand needs to be stationed in the middle range for the punch-pop-punch sequence starting on the upbeat of beat 1 and stays there until the downbeat of beat 3 where you need to shift up to the highest range for the punch and hybrid picking of the Bb-C major 2nd interval. That move is quickly followed by a jump down to the lowest range for the hybrid picked octave at C on the 8th and 10th frets of the respective low E and D strings. The same could be said for the fret hand, albeit the movements are much less. Given the fact that many times the fret hand 1st finger serves as a background barre so to speak, you need only fret the strings you will be working off of. As seen here that’s all five strings at one time or another until you get to that downbeat of beat 3 octave move where you need to slightly adjust the first finger’s position to cover what looks like all six strings.
If you’re playing a Strat or other single coil equipped axe, Doobie Mod sounds best played on the neck pickup, while on a humbucker style guitar it can go either way. In either scenario, a clean tone on the mellower side is best, but feel free to experiment and don’t be afraid to whip out your favorite wah pedal and have at it!