Crosspicking Techniques (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Amodeo

Crosspicking Techniques

Nick presents several exercises that develop string skipping and crosspicking technique.

Taught by Nick Amodeo in Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo seriesLength: 23:35Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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tankswilestankswiles replied on November 18th, 2016

5 mins of talking

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on November 18th, 2016

Some people enjoy a bit of lecture, while others don't. If you're the type that wants to get straight into the technique, you might find Tyler Grant's lessons in Bluegrass to be more up your alley. He basically gets right down to business without any extra fluff.

tankswilestankswiles replied on November 18th, 2016

5 mins of talking

GregGPGregGP replied on November 2nd, 2015

Haven't had so much fun with my right hand since puberty.

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on February 10th, 2015

I noticed you look at the pick quite a bit when picking.

jnc51jnc51 replied on May 8th, 2011

I notice this had a higher difficulty than the last lesson. Unfortunatly I had more trouble with the last lesson's excercises, especially the 1/6 triplets and 1/32 picking. I'm still trying to get some more seed on those. While learning some acoustic rock I've played songs like Boston's "More Than a Feeling" and Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reeper" which both, in essence use crosspicking techniques. I'm working on gaining speed though. Great lessons and excercises though; thanks Nick

stratmusicstratmusic replied on March 17th, 2011

Sir Yes Sir! I am ready for Left hand Bootcamp now! : ) Good stuff Nick!!

Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

A sub-genre of country music which blends improvising with folk-like melodies. Pioneered by Bill Monroe in the 1930s in the "bluegrass" state. Nick will present flatpick techniques.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Nick Amodeo introduces the Bluegrass Series and explains what to expect in the following lessons.

Length: 2:27 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

History and Influence of Bluegrass

Nick discusses the history of bluegrass and the influence it has had on other styles of music.

Length: 27:44 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Bluegrass Instruments and Influence

Nick explains the musical role that each instrument plays in a bluegrass band.

Length: 17:01 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Bluegrass Chords

Nick explains how to play some of the most commonly used chords in the bluegrass genre.

Length: 19:42 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 5

Right Hand Techniques

Welcome to a right hand "boot camp" with Nick Amodeo! In this lesson, Nick demonstrates several picking and strumming exercises that will whip your right hand into shape.

Length: 24:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Right Hand Boot Camp

Nick Amodeo continues his discussion of picking technique in this installment of right hand "boot camp."

Length: 24:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Crosspicking Techniques

Nick presents several exercises that develop string skipping and crosspicking technique.

Length: 23:35 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Common Bluegrass Scale Exercise

Nick covers some exercises and scales that develop left hand technique.

Length: 33:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Bluegrass Ornaments

Nick explains how to play various slurs such as slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Also included are some common bluegrass licks that utilize these techniques.

Length: 30:54 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Bluegrass Right Hand Rhythm

Nick covers some basic bluegrass strumming patterns.

Length: 12:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Left Hand Boot Camp

Nick covers some of the most commonly used scale patterns in bluegrass.

Length: 31:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Nine Pound Hammer

Nick applies fundamental guitar techniques from previous lessons to the song "Nine Pound Hammer."

Length: 31:39 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Texas Gales

Nick demonstrates his interpretation of "Texas Gales." You might say this one will blow you away!

Length: 38:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Cross Picking: Home Sweet Home

Nick teaches the song "Home Sweet Home" and uses it to demonstrate cross picking techniques. Nick also covers the chords, and a chord with melody version to correspond with a picked version he has created.

Length: 57:24 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only

About Nick Amodeo View Full Biography Nick Amodeo is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Denver, Colorado. A self taught musician, he took up guitar at age 12 before moving on to mandolin and electric bass. He is the 2005 Colorado state mandolin champion, and was featured on the 2007 Downbeat magazine Blues Album of the Year, Otis Taylor’s “Definition of a Circle.”

Nick has shared the stage with such artists as Buddy Guy, Chuck Campbell, Mollie O’Brien, Nick Forster and Pete Wernick of Hot Rize, and many others. Nick currently is the mandolin department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and has over 10 years teaching experience.

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