Robin Gallagher Performance Workshop
By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | November 7, 2017
Robin Gallagher is one of the very few clinicians to be internationally endorsed by Fender Guitars. He will be presenting a performance workshop on what sets his style apart – hybrid picking.
Where: Paul Bothner Music Plumstead
Shop G7 Richmond Centre,
When: 11 November 2017
Are you a fan of country music and amazing guitar playing in general? If so, then this is the workshop for you.
Hybrid picking is a mixture of fingerpicking and using a pick. It is primarily found in country music. Despite its country origins, the style has made its way into everything from jazz to heavy metal.
Robin’s style of fingerpicking is simple to explain but tough to learn. It is the kind of style that, once mastered, will “level up” your playing!
When Robin was just learning to play the guitar he was lazy and didn’t want to learn how to alternate pick. So instead, he played all his down strokes with his pick and played his upstrokes with his middle and ring finger.
According to Robin, this made him a much faster player.
Hybrid picking allows a player to be as fast as a pick player but offers a new variety of tonal and note options. Some of the big advantages of hybrid picking are the ability to seamlessly weave together arpeggios on non-adjacent strings or to simultaneously pick all the notes of a chord to give you more of a piano tonality.
By cutting down on the total number of pick strokes you need, you are able to create a more fluid sound. Some of the great players who have used and popularised the technique are Johnny Hiland, Guthrie Govan and Eric Johnson. So by learning hybrid picking, you will be in good company!
More about Robin
Robin is a master guitarist in addition to being the Fender South Africa brand manager. He is a master of hybrid picking and country sounds, yet his music is accessible and easy to listen to. For that reason, he is always a pleasure to watch and to learn from.
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