We're going to take a look at a Chet Atkins Style Pick on an E6 chord, going to
A7 chord and a B7 chord. We might through in a bit of alternate bass on
the A7 and the B7. So let's get right into it.
Taking a look at our E6 chord, we put our second finger on the A string
second fret, third finger on the D string also second fret, first finger, first
fret of the G string on the G# note, and I then tack my pinkie in here
on the B string second fret, and that's my E6 chord ...
Ok, so we are using a hiber-picking technique. I'm going to be holding my plectrum between
my thumb and my first finger. The remaining strings, I'm going to be picking with my second
and third fingers.
So, we start off with a downstroke on the E string, so I'm just picking that with my
plectrum ... I then go to my B string and my open E, and the D string
I'm playing with plectrum and the open E string I'm going to play with my third finger...
I then follow that up with an open E with my plectrum again, open E string ...
and my second finger is going to play the B string which is, in fact, my C#
note. My pinkie is sitting on that on my left hand... Do that again, slowly...
Follow that up with ... back to my open E and my high E. The plectrum playing
the low E and my third finger playing the high E...
Follow that with my second finger picking upwards on my
B string ... and follow that up with a downstroke on my D string...
Once I finish that motion ... again, my second finger is going to up-pick the E
string, the high E...
After I've completed that motion, I go back to my open E with a down-pick using my
So far, my left hand hasn't moved. I'm just sitting on that E6 chord, my little pinkie
down here on the C# on the second fret ... and at this point, I'm going to ... hammer.
Lift off the G, and hammer back on ... and I'm picking that with my second finger
of my right hand, the hammer ... there's my hammer...
Now my last note is simply going to be the open B string.
Now, at this point, when I've completed my hammer with my first finger, I'm releasing my pinkie
off the C# note or the B string and I'm going have an open B.
It's the next note that I'm going to strike ... Open B, and I'm picking that with
my third finger of my left (err...right!) hand...
I'll put that together for you nice and slow and see if I can show you both my right and
left hand together...
I go to my A7 chord picking an A bass, E bass, A bass,
I then go to my B7 chord. Play a B bass before I strike the chord which is this
note right here on the A string, second fret... Lift my second finger up and grab my
F# bass ... and I'm right back into my E6 chord with my right hand picking
So, once again, nice and slow, I'll take you through the whole progression ...
A7 chord, E bass, A bass, E bass ... B7 chord, B
bass to F# bass ... A7 chord ...
You really do need to break down this right hand picking technique. Make sure that you
play it very slowly at first. Gradually build up your confidence. Be able to play the right
hand without thinking about it over that E6 chord.
So that's our 1-4-5 progression in the style of Chet Atkins.
Good luck with it, have fun, see you next time.