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Chicken Pickin' Terry Downs

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by h4ck.b0x7, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Meister

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    Nov 29, 2011
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    I'm working on the Terry Downs' Styles of Roy Nichols video and I'm having a bit of an issue. How does one go about chicken pickin'?!?! Do you palm mute? In the video he shows how he chokes up on the pick and says to allow the thumb to hit the string. That's all fine and dandy until I give it a go and it is pinch harmonic central even at low volume totally clean.

    Any help is much appreciated.
     
  2. Teleguy61

    Teleguy61 Tele-Afflicted

    For me, it's a coordination between how you pick, some muting with the pick-holding finger and thumb, and controlling the sustain of the string with the fretting finger of my left hand. Kind of pick with right hand, lift the left to choke the string, fret and pick, lift and choke.
     
  3. codamedia

    codamedia Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2009
    Western Canada
    I had to pick up a guitar to see what I did.... ^^^ this is it ^^^ :)
    Tones will change with how I pick the note (pick, pluck, pinch, pull) but the muting is all handle this way.
     
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  5. Chris S.

    Chris S. Asst. Admin Staff Member

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    You've already discovered one way to do pinch harmonics. The other way is to pick the string with the pick while simultaneously plucking UP on the string with the middle finger of the right hand.

    Chicken pickin' is the same thing, you just don't do it simultaneously. Pick down with the pick while muting the string with the middle finger of your right hand. Then immediately pluck UP with that finger right after the picked muted note. CS
     
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  6. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Heard someone describe it as sort of fretting the note and not fretting it at the same time.
     
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