Video: Daniel Donato Teaches Country Hybrid Picking Style and Rhythms

Young Nashville guitarist Daniel Donato has made a name for himself in the bluegrass and country scene over the past 10 years, starting out on street corners busking next to a sign that read "Money for a Tele." Almost a decade later now, Donato has worked with Hal Leonard to publish his own instructional book (Daniel Donato: The New Master of the Telecaster) and has graduated to stages where he's played solo and as part of groups like Nashville legends the Don Kelley Band.

We here at Reverb recently had the opportunity to sit down with Donato, who—Telecaster in hand—gave us a lesson on his unique brand of country-style hybrid picking. No stranger to the chicken pickin' style of many greats in the genre, Donato adapted the standard to suit his own playing, making use of a both pick (but not on the upstrokes) and his acrylic fingernails. His style plays with ghost notes and works in bebop inflections, and allows him to play more quickly with more of a staccato sound.

Be sure to follow along with the video above for a closer look at his technique, and check back next week for a new lesson from Daniel.


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