Watch the Right-Hand Techniques online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Sweet Notes
Many of Nashville's top guitar players use a pick and fingers approach with their right hand. Country right-hand technique is demonstrated beautifully by TrueFire instructor's Ladd Smith & Johnny Hiland. Check out their DVD's in the TrueFire catalog.
My approach with the right hand is a little different in that I use my thumb and first finger to pull up on the string in order to make it 'snap' or 'twang'. My approach is similar to that of a Bass players funky popping technique. Pulling up on the strings in conjunction with some typical open string pull-off ideas, using the arpeggio's with added chromatics approach that I show you and checking out some other players will get you well on your way to honing or developing a wonderful modern country style. Take a moment to really listen to the Country video sections in Sweet Notes for a clear demonstration of my right hand technique.