Flatpick Guitar Crosspicking Patterns

Flatpick Guitar Crosspicking Patterns

We talked about using different cross-picking patterns to accent different notes in order to bring out a melody. We also talked about using your ear to listen and identify whether the song starts on the One, Three or Five of the One chord. In the workshop, we use G as the example key. In the case of G, One = G, Three = B and Five = D. In bluegrass music, as well as many other musical styles, the melody will usually only start on one of these three notes. Picking which note to start your break on will give…

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Flatpick Guitar Self-Accompaniment

Flatpick Guitar Self-Accompaniment

Click here for Flatpick Guitar Crosspicking Patterns Here is a video that shows me playing the Sitting on Top of the World break from Sunday's clinic. We talked about using a repetitive crosspicking pattern to catch the listener's ear, and tie the melodic licks together. Then we broke up the crosspicking with some doublestops and downstroke melodic lines. Remember when you practice: Isolation¬†Isolate the problem sections like the crosspicking pattern by practicing slowly with a metronome with your right hand only Repetition¬†Practice the same sections with a metronome in a loop until you can play it ten times in the…

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Write away from your instrument

Write Away From Your Instrument

You're sitting at home with a six-pack, or maybe some freshly squeezed juice if you're not into drinking al-k-hol. You pick up your guitar and you're like¬†[koo_highlight style="yellow"] OK, let's write a song [/koo_highlight]. If you're like me, this never works. Try Bud Dry In order to really get in the songwriting mood, try something different. The potential of your brain when it's free to imagine is far greater than when it's limited to your knowledge of the guitar, mandolin, or whatever. Even if you're a virtuoso. Put down your guitar and just imagine something from your recent past. We…

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See Where She Goes

See Where She Goes

Here's a rough mix of the song "See Where She Goes." This is one of the more traditional-sounding songs on my upcoming record Crossing The Black. This was recorded mostly live at Big Red Studio on 2/15/2014.The track features Lex Browning (fiddle,) Martin Stevens (mandolin,) Peter Schwimmer (banjo,) Rob Wright (bass) and Ken Chapple (guitar/vocals.)

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