Hybrid picking on guitar: this in-depth lesson will have you playing like a pro in no time

Close-up of picking hand on a Stratocaster-style electric guitar
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Guitarists are always searching for new ways to express their musical ideas on the instrument.

Be it a new chord voicing, scale, arpeggio, lick or riff, their attention is most often focused on the fretboard. But a lot of musical expression comes from the pick hand, where tone, dynamics, and the elusive touch factor are all produced in great part.

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Tom Kolb

A Musicians Institute teacher since 1989, Tom Kolb has published many books on guitar technique and been featured in instructional DVDs by Hal Leonard. He is also the author of the Soloing Strategies column in Guitar World magazine.