- Category: Guitar Techniques
Flatpicking (flatpicking) is a style of guitar playing that involves very fast bursts of notes played rapid-fire style; alternating between fretted and open strings. The resulting sound is very dense and chock full of flashy licks and complicated patterns, while the drone of the open strings create the aural illusion of more than one guitar. As indicated by the name "flatpicking" this style is played with a (usually) heavy flatpick. The player must use the flatpick to both hit the open strings and then immediately jump to other strings for the solo melody.
This style of play is most commonly used in Bluegrass music, but can also be found in folk, classic rock and country.