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Hybrid Picking Rhythm with Chord Embellishments

Lesson 3 – Hybrid Picking Rhythm Course
Lesson ID: A0123

Up until this point in our hybrid picking course, I’ve taught y’all a few of my favorite hybrid picking patterns that you can use in country songs as a replacement for strumming. In this lesson, I’ll show you some nice chord embellishments that will make your hybrid picking rhythm sound more interesting. First, we’ll work through a 16 measure long practice progression that’s loaded with chord embellishments. After you master the progression, practice along with me at two different speeds!

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Chord Embellishments

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7 years ago

I just listened to the videos and now can go back on them and practice with them. Good stuff! I like the way the course progresses with adding more to what is already been taught.

7 years ago

excellent! Although I went through this and did it well enough to tempo ,, all three saved ,, going to listen and watch you tomorrow and practice till i get this good as you!

6 years ago

This hybrid pattern sounds nice with the G and C chords, but when I do the D chord with this pattern, it sounds shallow and tinny, and basically crappy. I’ll have to look at the D chord differently and deviate from the pattern to something else when using the D chord.

6 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Yes! Your idea sounds better and gives the D chord some hope. I’m experimenting with hitting different strings as well and it has a richer sound now. And thank you for mentioning the F chord because I also had the same issue there, and I even tried it with the F barre chord to see if that was better. The trouble is, I’m still too slow getting to the F barre chord and it’s easy for me to not press a string enough, so it buzzes. But my F barre chord keeps getting better over time. Come to think of… Read more »

6 years ago

Another great series, Devin. Reminds me a little of how Townes Van Zandt plays – really cool vibe for sure. Really enjoying it although, must admit, I am finding it trickier than the fill riffs. I think it’s the timing that gets me. But I’m sure I’ll be fine after a bit more work with it. Your pacing of the lessons, building a little at a time, certainly helps!

5 years ago

Another great lesson. Can’t wait to move on to the next. Thanks, Devin!

5 years ago

Man I’m glad I found your site Devin these lessons are awesome.

5 years ago

nice hybrid picking patters from lesson 1 and 2 plus that extra chord embellishments giving a great afternoon to spend on a guitar playing relax country songs
cheers for your time spend on it

Jean Galou
Jean Galou(@galou)
3 years ago

Very pleasant to play!

2 years ago

I think this is starting to make me change my whole approach to picking over chords. Whereas I have always sought to keep the same pattern of picking and in particular the order of the fingers and pick throughout the song as much as possible, I’m now starting to see it as keeping a “library” of “bars of picking” where the order of fingers and pick might change a bit rather than keeping to that strict pattern. Hope that makes sense but it could be a game-changer for me.

Charla B
Charla B(@charla)
9 months ago

Hey Devin, great lessons on hybrid picking, I’m really enjoying them. I also appreciate all of the work that you have put into your site. You said at the end of this lesson that you are going to mention some different songs to use this method on, I’m wondering if you might be able to come up with a list of songs to try? One that I’ve been practicing on is the Johnny Reid song – A Good Friend to Me – a beautiful song about his guitar 🙂

Thanks for all your work on the courses and lesson!