There is a song I am trying to learn and the problem is that the guitarist plays the first and fourth strings together. I know this is easily possible if you are finger picking, but I am not really a huge fan of finger picking. Is there any way to do this with a pick, or am I just going to have to get used to it?
If you want to use a pick, you basically have two options:
- Use the pick-and-fingers method (which is what I do most of the time). I hold the pick with my thumb and index finger and pick the low string while I use my middle and ring finger to pick other, higher strings.
- Use your left (fingerboard) hand to mute the strings in between the two you want to play, and strum as ususal. The only notes you'll hear are the two un-muted strings, but the muted strings will provide a percussive sound that you may like or not.
But looking at the tab you linked to, I'd definitely play that particular tune fingerstyle.
i would tend to use a technique which is a mixture between alternate picking and flatpicking.
it uses up and down strokes, while bouncing between the strings i want to hit.
it takes quite a bit of practice, i got it by playing rhythm and lead guitar with very similar picking techniques for both, i then got used to playing specific strings without needing to think about it too much.