George Benson picking technique

As you may know I’m a big fan of George Benson although I’ve yet to see him in concert.  Over the years I’ve tried to absorb some of his playing, his phrasing, his chord work etc, and it’s been great fun.  I’ve also seen people on the web talking about his right hand technique.  Well, I tried it for the first time today and it’s amazing!  It is so loose and relaxed, why doesn’t everyone do it?  Ok, I suspect it may not work so well for metal players, but I could be wrong, I haven’t tried it with distortion yet.

 

For me, it positions my right hand between the neck pickup and the end of the fingerboard, resting lightly on the scratchplate.  It makes for a mellower tone at this point along the string.  The guitar then fits quite snugly under the arm and feels fairly securely held in this position.  I have yet to work out how this will impact my playing generally, but so far I am having trouble keeping up with myself, it’s very quick!  The pick seems to glide across the strings.

 

 

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About markwitney

Musician and teacher. Guitarist, bassist, ukulele-ist, lutenist and an ist!
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