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Crosspicking, Part 1: Crosspicking Basics

This lesson is part of the course Advanced Flatpicking Guitar with Scott Nygaard.
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Learn the essential techniques of bluegrass flatpicking guitar through classic and lesser-known songs and tunes, from bluegrass blues to old-time fiddle tunes to country swing sounds.

 
 
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Home Sweet Home
 
In Part 2 of the lesson on crosspicking, you'll learn the first part of Scott's arrangement of "Home Sweet Home," which mostly uses the traditional 3-3-2 roll. Since crosspicking is usually used to play song melodies, it's a good idea to learn the melody of a song before tackling a crosspicking arrangement, so Scott starts by making sure you know the melody to "Home Sweet Home" and then takes the arrangement apart phrase by phrase (or roll by roll).
 
 
 
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Crosspicking, Part 1: Crosspicking Basics
Crosspicking, Part 1: Crosspicking Basics
 
Crosspicking can be simply defined as using a flatpick to play arpeggiated chords across the guitar strings, much like a fingerpicker would. In bluegrass, the term usually refers to arpeggiated patterns that imitate a bluegrass banjo player's rolls. In the 1950s Stanley Brothers guitarists George Shuffler and Bill Napier used syncopated 3-3-2 rolls (dividing a measure of eight eighth notes into groups of 3, 3, and 2) to fill out song melodies, and Clarence White, Doc Watson, and other flatpickers soon followed suit. In this lesson you'll learn some basic crosspicking rolls and then use them to play the classic "Home Sweet Home."

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