Right Hand Guitar Technique – The Hybrid Style
Use fingers and a pick for the best of both worlds.
What is a Hybrid Style right hand?
I use what is called a hybrid style, in which I use a pick, but also use my 2nd, 3rd and pinky fingers to get a
combination of picking and finger picking styles.
How does it work?
When using this technique, I will hold my hand in a tradition finger style position and hold the pick between my thumb and first finger, thus replacing my “thumb”. Although I loose the use of my first finger it gives much more flexibility in switching between single note lines and comping.
How does it alter my chord playing?
For chords, my pick will be used on either the 6th or 5th strings, with my 2nd, 3rd and pinky covering the 4th-1st strings. When hitting the strings together this creates a sound more like a piano, where all the notes can be hit at exactly the same time in contrast to a straight strum. It also becomes easy to change the top note by changing string combinations in my right hand, thus giving more melody options.
In addition, this style also allows chords to be played in an arpeggio style or the ability to separate the bass from the rest of the chord, giving much more playing options from the same left hand position. This can be applied to all common left hand forms and gives more flexibility and variation on familiar patterns.
Play around with this a bit and hear the difference.