It doesn’t have to be all cowboy boots and yee-haws!



• Learn how to comp using hybrid picking.
• Add nuance to your playing by combining pick and finger string attacks.
• Add speed and fluidity to your lead playing.

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The first thing most guitarists think of when they hear the phrase “hybrid picking” is undoubtedly twangy Telecasters. While that may be the most common use of hybrid picking, it is far from the only application. Diving into hybrid picking opens a whole new world of control, timbre possibilities, ideas, speed, and more.

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Think outside the box and utilize bends to create tasty triads and dissonance that grabs attention!



● Use more than just the 3rd finger when bending strings.

● Bend into triads and create chords with movement.

● Home in on bending intonation and precision.
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Bending strings is one of the main pillars of rock, country, and blues playing. Imagine if B.B. King, Brent Mason, Brad Paisley, or Jimi Hendrix played without using any bends. It would be strange, right? The main bending techniques used by those four (and nearly every other person to pick up an electric guitar) will take you pretty much anywhere you need to go as a guitarist, but there are a few approaches to bending that will take you down roads less travelled.

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S.G. Goodman’s New American Gothic

The Kentuckian singer-songwriter creates her own vision of the rural South in Old Time Feeling, with reverb-drenched guitars, bare-boned arrangements, and an intimate, haunting vocal style that ties the past and present.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist S.G. Goodman is very much a product of the modern, rural American South. “I could easily portray things in a way that's disrespectful to my community," she explains. “But that's not the story I feel needs to be told." Photo by Meredith Truax

“I really don't think I could find any joy in not being honest with people," declares S.G. Goodman. “That's just the way I choose to go about my music. I try to represent my worldview, and the people in it, as respectfully and honestly as possible."

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