|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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