5 ways to improve your hybrid picking technique

Danny Gatton
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Hybrid picking is a very economical method of playing guitar, as it uses fingerstyle in combination with a plectrum. This approach allows guitarists to enjoy the best of both worlds: the ability to use the plectrum to play fast lines using alternate, economy and sweep picking, but leaving the remaining picking hand fingers free to capitalize on the fluid string jumping of fingerstyle technique.

Although often associated with country and bluegrass music, hybrid picking has become popular within other genres, including jazz and fusion styles, as well as rock and blues. The main benefit of using this technique is that it saves a lot of work for the picking hand. 

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Simon Barnard

Simon is a graduate of the UK's Academy of Contemporary Music and The Guitar Institute, and holds a Masters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.