How To Hybrid Pick – Beginner Acoustic Guitar Lesson

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Use this easy riff to improve your hybrid picking. In this beginner acoustic guitar lesson, guitarist Marc Seal demonstrates this versatile technique that uses both picking and fingerstyle playing to create a unique sound that can be used in practically all styles.

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