Country Guitar Lesson: Hybrid picking in the style of Banjo country players

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Hey guys!

In this guitar lesson, Jon MacLennan will teach you a cool basic country

melodic pattern in the style of banjo players. Hope you like it!!!

How’s it going guys?
This is John McClennan and I’m here
today with, bringing
you this video lesson. What I want to
look at today is sort of a banjo role,
kind of exercise. And for me, I played —
you know, I went to jazz school and I
didn’t have fingernails at all and just
played with a pick, no finger style for
a very long time. And then later, after
I got out of college, I started getting
into more finger-style stuff. So this was
one of the things that helped me get going.
So I’m hoping that it will help you as well.

So let’s take a look here. Basically we’re
going to start on a E chord and what I’m
going to do is I’m going to play with my
pick and I hold my pick between my thumb
and my first finger and then I’m going to
use my other fingers like this, sort of
what they call hybrid picking, playing with
a pick and the fingers.

So one, two, three. Pick, finger, finger.
And then that’s starting on the 6th string.
And then I go and start on the 5th string.
And then I start on the 4th string. And then
I start on the 3rd string. So it sort of goes
up like this. And then it’s going to descend
like this, the same way. So again, in groups
of three.

You’re just trying to get an even sound.
You can do that for a while on an E and
then you can do it on any six string chord,
like a G here. Just practice kind of just
getting an even sound, maybe put on a
metronome. Here’s a C. You can even do it
on open strings.

That’s it for this video. Basically it’s
just a banjo rule. What you will want to
do is click the link below for the tabs
and we’ll catch you in the next video.
Thanks for watching.