Chicken Pickin’ – Lick of The Week #20

by | July 17, 2020

Today, Lee Chamberlain blazes through some country-blues licks while snapping and attacking the strings with that distinctive chicken pickin’ sound. The essence of chicken pickin’ is the use of the pick in combination with the fingers on the right hand. Also known as hybrid picking. Other techniques you’ll find in this lick include a pinch of pull-offs and hammer-ons, a sprinkling of slides and muting, and a heavy dose of country swagger.

Like a lot of country guitar playing, the speed of it can seem daunting at first. But when it’s broken down, as Lee does here, it’s not always quite as complicated as first thought. It’s just a case of starting slow before trying to play it fast. So, time to get the metronome out and start building up that speed…gradually!!

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