Hybrid Picking

A technique that combines the use of a pick and fingers, allowing for greater flexibility and control in playing chords and individual notes.

Hybrid picking is a versatile and expressive technique that allows guitarists to seamlessly blend elements of both flatpicking and fingerpicking. By holding a pick between the thumb and index finger while using the remaining fingers to pluck additional strings, guitarists can achieve a wide range of tonal possibilities and intricate picking patterns. This technique is often used in country, jazz, and fusion styles, as well as other genres that require complex finger work and precise control over string articulation.

Developing a solid hybrid picking technique requires practice, focusing on hand synchronization, finger independence, and pick control. Mastering hybrid picking can greatly expand a guitarist’s musical vocabulary, opening up new creative possibilities and allowing for a more dynamic and engaging performance.

Check out these Licklibrary guitar Lessons and Courses to learn more about hybrid picking on guitar, how to develop your technique, and examples of songs where you could practice this technique.