Hybrid Picking: Licks & Lines

A musical approach to expanding your right-hand technique

Fabian Ratsak


Electric guitar players all learn how to use a pick — but when it comes to right-hand study, many stop there. Hybrid picking is a guitar technique that uses a combination of right-hand fingers and a pick at the same time. The result is a powerful ability to connect lines that jump across strings rapidly, in a way that would be too clunky with just a pick or too docile with only fingers.

This technique is often associated with country guitarists, but your teacher Fabian, being well-versed in fusion and rock music, will show you how to apply hybrid picking to new genres — and likely inspire you to try new melodic possibilities.

This course consists of 20 different hybrid licks, across varying degrees of difficulty, genres and keys. Each lick starts with a performance and is followed by a thorough explanation. Have a look at the free sample lesson below to get started.

You’ll get the most of this if you’re an intermediate-to-advanced player who’s familiar with basic arpeggio shapes and has fairly strong coordination between left and right hands. If you like the style of Jeff Beck, Scott Henderson, Joe Satriani, Tom Quayle, Slash or Guthrie Govan, then this course will be up your alley.

92 minutes across 22 parts

Introduction Free
Ascending 3rds
Triplet pattern
Morse arpeggios
Arpeggio idea
Stronger riffage
Intervallic fifths
Fusion arpeggios
Bluesy idea
Harmonic minor idea
Friday's country Free
Ending in D
Major arpeggios
Intervallic line
Melodic minor
Rhythmic arpeggios
A7b9 lick
Half whole lick
Tritone lick
Bonus solo (transcription only) Free

About Fabian Ratsak

Fabian Ratsak is a guitarist based in Düssledorf, Germany, who’s got a technical knack for hybrid picking and an ear for fusion.

He currently tours with his soul/rock band “Roomers” as well various other projects.

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