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Crosspicking Patterns and Alternate Chord Voicings

Lesson ID: A0184

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn some important crosspicking patterns and alternate chord voicings that will spice up your rhythm and lead guitar. First we’ll work on the crosspicking patterns and we’ll practice them using key of G open chords (G, C, and D). Then we’ll take a look at how you can play the G, C, and D chords at different locations up the guitar neck using alternate chord voicings. We’ll practice crosspicking over these new chord voicings and you’ll also learn some nice chord embellishments and licks that will make your crosspicking sound great.

In the second half of this lesson, we’ll work on some George Shuffler style crosspicking. George Shuffler was basically the pioneer of the crosspicking style in bluegrass music and he used a signature Down Down Up crosspicking pattern in most of his playing. We’ll work through an entire crosspicking progression in the style of George Shuffler to give you some different crosspicking ideas that you can use in your own country bluegrass rhythm and lead guitar. After you watch the lesson videos, practice your country bluegrass crosspicking with the two full-length backing tracks that are available with this lesson.


George Shuffler Style

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4 years ago

Amazing lesson, crystal clear, thanks Devin!

4 years ago

Thank you very much Devin!

Marc Piechowicz
Marc Piechowicz(@cotton-eye-marc)
4 years ago

Wish I’d joined this site ages ago! Loving it so far 🙂

Gareth Ayres
Gareth Ayres(@chilli-strings)
3 years ago

As someone who plays a lot of fingerstyle this is frying my brain slightly. Great lessons Devin.

3 years ago

Great lesson.

Bob Balla
Bob Balla(@bballa)
3 years ago

I would like to be able to printout the lesson tablatures as well as download an mp3 of the lesson.

George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
3 years ago

I am starting to understand how crosspicking is working now thanks to you Devin. Thank you very much !

Lee Van Buren
2 years ago

Thanks Devin -great instruction. Looks to me like lotsa arpeggios w/alternating picking patterns. Keep up good work

19 days ago

Please include the hat worn in the Gear Used section of future videos