Originally Posted by tele_pathic
I just bought some thumb picks to start hybrid chicken pickin'. Funny how these runs look like blues runs but sound soooo different. What accounts for that difference? Timing? Amp settings? Effects?
It's attitude. And you use a few more notes than in blues. It's more... refreshing in that sense, at least for me. Not hanging on one note for too long is a big stylistic difference, too. You can't really BB-King-wiggle a single note for 5 bars on a Tele through a clean amp. I came up with the analogy, "Playing country on a Tele is like running through quicksand." You can't stop and soak in an individual note for too long or the soundwave's sustain sinks and leaves you struggling to reclaim the triumph of a great sounding solo. You gotta fly from note to note more so than other styles on other guitars. And that means you gotta think quickly or just have automatic licks ready at your fingertips. I prefer to use a mix of the two :)