Gustavo has all the credentials one could ask for in a teacher check out his website at the address below. Hybrid picking is using a combination of both picks and fingers. The thumb and index finger hold the pick and usually play the lower strings D, A and E while the other fingers — middle finger, ring finger and pinky — pluck the higher strings. While country music may first come to mind when one mentions hybrid picking, it is also found extensively in folk and ethnic genres such as Celtic and African music as well as blues and jazz.

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Reviews Hybrid Picking is a technique that combines the 2 most common methods of playing the guitar — finger picking and flat picking. With finger picking, you can execute these intervallic leaps and chordal ideas with ease, but you lose the ability to perform many common flat picking techniques funk rhythms, alternate picking, etc. By combining the techniques you get the best of both worlds.

Most flat-picking guitarists use some amount of hybrid picking, maybe without even realizing it. You may not consider yourself a hybrid picker, but how many times have you grabbed all the notes of a chord using the pick and your right hand fingers? Ever pick a note then pluck another with a right hand finger in the middle of a line? Hybrid Picking for Guitar by Gustavo Assis-Brasil With his self-published instructional book Hybrid Picking for Guitar, jazz guitarist and hybrid picking guru Gustavo Assis-Brasil lays out a full curriculum for developing this technique that is applicable to both beginning and advanced hybrid pickers.

A CD is also included containing recorded examples of everything from the Lines and Compositions sections. Note: For the purposes of this review, the picking hand will be referred to as the right hand throughout.

After an introduction that gives general tips for developing proper hybrid picking technique such as nail care and picking angles , the Hybrid Picking Exercises section focuses on building your technique from the ground up. In general, a hybrid picked phrase involves picking a note with a flat-pick, then using a right hand finger to pluck another note, usually on another string. As this first section of the book demonstrates, there are countless variations on this approach.

These early lessons are geared towards building strength and independence in the your right hand fingers.

To that end, several of the exercises include alternate right hand fingering instructions that omit the pick entirely. Many of the examples in this section use only open strings as well so the focus stays squarely on what your right hand is doing. Obviously you can just take bits and pieces from this section if you prefer.

Hybrid picking is a technique that you can use as much or as little of as you want. Now comes the fun stuff. The Lines section concentrates on putting your new-found hybrid picking prowess to good musical use. Chock full of great jazz and fusion lines, this section is the real meat-and-potatoes of Hybrid Picking for Guitar. One of the great advantages of hybrid-picking is the ease at which one can execute wide interval jumps.

There are plenty of odd meter and atonal examples as well. Assis-Brasil also includes seven fully transcribed, original compositions in Hybrid Picking For Guitar. The songs represent a wide variety styles and hybrid picking approaches to demonstrate the versatility of the technique. In Sem Partidas, for example, Assis-Brasil uses hybrid picking in a chrodal jazz context. Jaywalker on the other hand is a great, fast country tune that relies mainly on single note lines.

While the musical examples are mainly jazz-oriented, guitarists of all styles can vastly improve their hybrid picking technique by using this book.

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