Crosspicking Part 2 : Advanced picking.
In last weeks lesson we looked at the basic technique for crosspicking. This week we'll move forward and look at how we can make thing more interesting, ultimately aiming towards using this technique to play multiple lines using just a single pick.
String Skipping :
In part 1 we discussed how to properly hit a single string and bring that motion from one string to another. In the following examples we're going to make it a little bit more challenging by playing patterns where strings are skipped. Now it really comes down to establishing a proper motion for the right arm. As we've discussed in part 1 be sure not to support your hand, don't move to another string using your wrist but instead use your arm/elbow, and be sure to use alternate picking throughout.
* Please note that example 2 is basically the same as exercise 4 of part 1. The only difference is that we're playing 16th now rather than 8th and we're playing the bass notes an octave lower.
** In example 3 you'll see an asymmetrical set of notes, yet our motion for alternate picking is "symmetrical" so keep playing the following pattern; down,up,down, up etc. regardless of the amount of strings. This may feel unnatural at first, but the aim is to establish a degree of motorial independence here. The amount of strings should be subordinate to the by now "automated" alternate picking pattern, and to prove the point we're adding some string skipping too to really encouraged that sense of independence.
The wolfgang exercise.
This is another great exercise to improve your alternate picking/crosspicking skills. I've learned this exercise from a fellow guitarist by the name of Wolfgang years ago hence the name, and taught it to many of my students too.