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I was looking at the song “Harlem River Blues.”  The intro and chorus seemed to be written for fingerstyle playing. Recently, I have been practicing hybrid picking and I thought, maybe it’s not fingerstyle, but hybrid picking.
So, how did Justin Townes Earle play the song. I found a YouTube video of him playing the song on the Letterman show in 2011.It looked like he played it with his thumb and index finger.More searching led me  to the conclusion that he played it in a style  that was called drop thumb. Drop thumb because the thumb isn’t restricted to the low strings, it’s free to drop down and play the high strings.

Really good song.

It’s a shame he died last month.

I think I will work on the song, but using a hybrid picking style, since that’s what I am practicing.

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