Chicken pickin'
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Written by Sam Blakelock
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Chicken pickin' is a form of hybrid picking that's specific to country guitar.

  • It's often used as a general term for single-line country riffs, but true chicken pickin' involves the hybrid use of a pick and fingerpicking at the same time.

  • Chicken pickin’ can also be accomplished with your picking hand thumb and fingers.

  • The sound resembles that of a clucking chicken.

You can lead all about chicken pickin' from our resident country guitar expert: Daniel Donato:

  • Chicken pickin' allows you to play fast.

  • It also allows you to add expressive twang to your playing.

  • James Burton, Roy Buchanan, Brad Paisley, and Danny Gatton are all guitarists associated with the chicken pickin' technique.

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