This is a public version of the members-only Country Guitar with Guthrie Trapp, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Country Guitar with Guthrie Trapp.
Join Now

Beginner Country Guitar
 ≡ 
Intermediate Country Guitar
 ≡ 
Advanced Country Guitar
 ≡ 
30 Day Challenge
 ≡ 
+Music
 ≡ 
«Prev of Next»

Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Hybrid Picking Rhythm

Lesson Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials Quizzes
information below Close
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Written Materials +

+Beginner Country Guitar

+Intermediate Country Guitar

+Advanced Country Guitar

Additional Materials +
Close
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   
Electric Country Guitar

This video lesson is available only to members of
Country Guitar with Guthrie Trapp.

Join Now

information below Close
Information
 ≡ 
Course Description
 ≡ 

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from Country Guitar with Guthrie Trapp. This is only a preview of what you get when you take Electric Country Guitar Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
X
X
X
[MUSIC]
Okay, right now we're gonna get into
some intermediate hybrid picking.
We're gonna get a little
bit more into that.
And we're going to do some
one finger exercises, and
then we're gonna do some two fingers.
And then I think I might even incorporate
my third finger that I use for this,
my little finger.
Not my third finger, but
using these three fingers with the pick.
So right now,
we're gonna get into some exercises where
we can play along with this pretty quick.
So I'm not going to spend a lot of time.
I know we kind of covered
the basics of the hybrid style.
And this will just keep
advancing as we go.
So right now I'm gonna just
show you what we're gonna do.
We're gonna do some pull offs,
and some hammer ons too, and
start incorporating some of that stuff.
So we're gonna get in E
[MUSIC].
And we're gonna stick to our
box block kind of chord here.
[MUSIC]
And what we're gonna do,
is we're gonna do some stuff
that's gonna sound like this.
It's gonna be a lot of
popping with the middle
finger
[MUSIC].
So what that is,
I'm pulling off
[MUSIC]
I'm pulling off with
my first finger
[MUSIC].
I'm rocking off of that G note that
we have worked on in the past.
But this is just kind of
a funky rhythm pattern.
And I'm just, basically I'm
using the E and the D string and
I'm at the end of the phrase I'll use the
A string to kinda do a little walk down.
So basically that's the pattern.
It's pulling
off, so I'm
going
[MUSIC]
os that's
the last lick.
[MUSIC]
And all that is
I'm walking down.
[MUSIC]
And you know that doesn't
sound really like a country lick,
but when you do it in the context
of this pattern, it fits.
So again,
I'm gonna try to do this as slow as I can.
[MUSIC]
So
up tempo,
that would
sound like
[MUSIC].
And if you go to A, you can
do the same thing
[MUSIC].
But what you can do is,
when you go to the A chord,
[MUSIC].
Now what I did there,
was I played a little lick going back
to the E chord
[MUSIC]
to get that in that phrase.
So I was in A
[MUSIC]
little lick getting right
back to the E chord.
So what that was was I hammered on.
[MUSIC]
so I plucked the A string
with my middle finger
[MUSIC]
and I just did a nice
little quarter bend there maybe just for
an accent.
[MUSIC]
right back to that pattern.
So we're gonna play this over
the three chords, so we're gonna do E,
A, and then we're gonna go to the B.
And we're gonna stick to our marking off
pattern there and what we'll do with that.
When we go to the B chord
we're going to incorporate our
double fingers with that because
we're playing this bar chord.
So we're gonna
do the pattern that we learned
[MUSIC]
and remember, that's your 7.
[MUSIC]
Cuz you went from one to flat 7.
That's your A note and B
[MUSIC]
so that's going to be your seven.
[MUSIC]
so you can rock that rock off of that.
You know.
So let's play along here in E and
we will do this rhythm pattern.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
great,
that's
E, and
now we're
gonna move
on to A and
do the same
thing.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay, what we're gonna do,
we're gonna move on to A.
And I'm gonna show you a little bit of
a different D chord that you can play when
we're changing these chords.
We're gonna stick to our pattern in,
[SOUND] in A and E, [SOUND].
But when we go to D,
[SOUND] I want you to play this chord.
We're gonna play a D7, so
we're gonna play this D,
[MUSIC].
But we're gonna move the one,
[MUSIC]
which is the D note on the B string.
And, by the way, I have switched to
the back pickup to get this sound.
So, I'm playing now on the very
back pickup for this stuff.
So, we're gonna play this
two note D chord, [SOUND].
And we're gonna move it,
we're gonna invert these two fingers.
So, this finger's gonna go here,
and this finger's gonna go here.
So we're going from here,
[MUSIC]
to here,
[MUSIC].
And that's gonna be D7,
[MUSIC].
So, very bluesy sounding.
So when we go to the four chord in A,
which is D,
we're gonna play,
[MUSIC].
We're gonna kinda rock off that
like we did with the B and
E where we went
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC]
and it might be easier to play this, like
if you can play with this two fingers,
[MUSIC]
then this finger can stay there and
this one,
[MUSIC].
So, that comes up like that,
[MUSIC].
And I'm playing that with these two
fingers as well, so I'm going,
[MUSIC].
So with that being said,
let's get in here and play together.
Let's do this rift and our new chord,
and in the key of A or
the backing track, the slow train beat.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
Okay,
great,
that
was
A.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay, now we're gonna move to G and
we're gonna continue on with our,
we're pretty much focusing
on the hybrid style here.
Get a little bit more advanced with it.
We're doing a pick in the first finger or
the middle finger.
This one finger style, and then we're
actually when we go to a went to D on
that last one,
we started using our two fingers.
We went to the five chord,
we're using our E went B,
we stared using these fingers too.
So I'm gonna incorporate that a little
bit but mainly we're focused on for
the main riffs we're focusing on pick and
this middle finger.
So what we're gonna do now is G and
we're gonna do this pattern.
[MUSIC]
So what I'm doing is we did a similar
rift with this earlier in the beginning
correctly my think that was similar.
But what we're gonna do now is we're gonna
add a little bit of embellishment to this,
we're gonna do a pull off.
[MUSIC]
And
we're gonna do a slide,
[MUSIC]
because we've now learned these techniques
so we can start incorporating a little bit
more of how these embellish your playing.
So with that being said,
we're gonna do the pull off, and
we can slide into the G2,
I think I showed you that earlier.
We can slide in to make it
a little bit more fancy.
[MUSIC]
It's a little more funky too.
You're getting, [SOUND] you're doing,
[SOUND] you're getting that
kinda grease in there.
So and
you can mute a little bit with this too,
[SOUND] to make that kind of funky sound.
So, we're gonna slide in here, and
then we're just really
gonna pluck that G string.
I mean, this kind of stuff,
we're developing this style that
I do want you to stay relaxed.
But there is a little bit of grit that
can kind of go into this kind of plan.
I mean, we're popping, we're getting
funky with it a little bit here.
Getting the snap out of the right hand.
And you know, still,
I'm keeping my fingers closed together.
I mean, sometimes when I look at this, my
right hand position has developed in a way
that it's very efficient and
it does stay very close to the strings.
I mean, when I'm doing this stuff,
you can hardly tell my finger's moving.
I mean, there's not a lot of flamboyant
finger movements or anything like that.
And that's what you don't want,
because the more your fingers move,
the slower you'll play.
If you really wanna play fast and be able
to get these country chops up to where
you're really playing at some fast tempos,
you really gotta get this to
where it's really efficient,
and tight, and close down here.
These movements don't
have to be really crazy.
They're just staying really close and
focused down here.
And that's gonna help out in speed a lot.
So we're gonna slide in here,
[MUSIC]
pop that string.
[MUSIC]
And
then we're gonna pull off on the E note.
[MUSIC]
And then we're gonna
slide from the B flat.
[MUSIC]
So B and
then we're gonna pluck the G string again.
So that's just kind of finishing off this
little phrase here, so we're gonna go.
[MUSIC]
and
then when we go to C,
[MUSIC]
I want you to play C7.
This is one way to do it,
[MUSIC]
but the other way to do it is
right here,
[MUSIC]
which is with the third.
It's like this chord,
[MUSIC]
and we're
adding,
[MUSIC]
we're gonna drop that little finger in
right there on B flat.
[MUSIC]
And we're just gonna play this three
note chord, but
we're gonna pop it with our pick.
[MUSIC]
And
then these two fingers are gonna
pluck the G and the D string.
[MUSIC]
And
we're gonna do our little muted
left had trick that we learned.
[MUSIC]
Where you're just raising them up,
[MUSIC]
enough to cut off the strings.
[MUSIC]
And then when go to D,
we're gonna do the same
thing that we did earlier,
we're gonna do the,
[MUSIC]
but we're gonna put a little lick in
there.
We're gonna go,
[MUSIC]
we're gonna hammer on,
[MUSIC]
and pull off,
[MUSIC]
a little out of tune.
So, we're gonna hammer on once
we go from this position,
[MUSIC]
to the D7, we're gonna do a little lick.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna strike these two strings with
the middle fingers,
the B string and the G string.
[MUSIC]
And
then we're gonna bend down the F,
[MUSIC]
and release and do an open D note.
So that lick's gonna sound like,
[MUSIC]
right back to the G riff.
So let's combine all these
things together, and
do this little bit more
elaborate rhythm technique here.
And we'll do the backing tracks to the
slow train beat in G here so, play along.
[MUSIC]