Introduction to Crossover Picking – Lesson 38

About Introduction to Crossover Picking – Lesson 38

Level: Intermediate

Introduction to Crossover Picking – Lesson 38

In this video we explain inside and outside crossover picking.

Syn’s Tips

This technique is definitely a bit of a "tongue twister" but with a little practice you will get this down easily and it will pave the way for great picking technique down the road.

Practice very slowly at first until it becomes very smooth and comfortable, then you can increase speed.

One of the Most Common Bad Habits I see most guitar players of ALL levels succumb to, is practicing too fast. I can not emphasize enough that this is So Bad For Your Playing because it skips the small muscle development that is so important for good technique. When you play slow and smooth, every muscle fiber is grooving in the perfect way of playing that gets skipped at fast speeds. If this doesn't make sense, just try and take my word for it, it is much harder to undo bad habits down the line than it is to develop good ones in the beginning!

Show us your progress in the "Lesson Comments" section below. You can also just hang out there and ask questions or start discussions about the material. That's where you will get those "Eureka" moments when something makes perfect sense. Everybody learns differently and the more you expose yourself to different approaches of the same thing, the more you will find the best way to learn something!

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Hamza Irfan
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Hamza Irfan Very interesting
Pablo Medina
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Pablo Medina This is a great lesson, I only know about economy and alternate picking,so I learn a new technique today
Dan Shipway
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Dan Shipway This video has helped so much. Cheers guys!
John Setzler
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John Setzler I guess I'm not completely understanding. Is this essentially helping with accuracy?
John Setzler
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John Setzler Too easy. Just making sure there wasn't something i was missing.
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Yes! It's just getting you to comfortable with all picking possibilities you might face.
Ben Thorpe
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Ben Thorpe I'll give this a go. Hopefully it'll mean I'm hitting the wrong strings less frequently 🙂
Jorah Yellow Horn
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Jorah Yellow Horn Because of this lesson, I just f***in taught myself how to play MISFITS' Saturday Night on my acoustic. I feel so accomplished and like there is actual hope in me ever becoming an actual musician! Thank you, Gates'. 🙂
Jorah Yellow Horn
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Jorah Yellow Horn Now if only I put this comment in the previous lesson like I meant to. *dies*
Matthew Brown
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Matthew Brown I can't be the only one who finds inside crossover picking way easier
Brian Haner Sr.
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Brian Haner Sr. Nope. We ALL do.
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere I think its Pretty much always automatically use inside crossover picking. Would you guys say That is a bad habit?
Ids Schiere
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Ids Schiere I love That you practice without distortion I do the same thing 😊
Oliver Bowles
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Oliver Bowles this is a great bunch of exercises. i found i got stuck around 160bpm to 170bpm - my playing was still sloppy, but the tip about trying at a much faster speed, instance 190, and going back to 160 really helped improve my accuracy and dexterity. I also found taking a short 1 minute break between intervals helps a lot!
Joshua Tyler
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Joshua Tyler It just seems a little inefficient to alternate pick with the crossover technique. I guess I'm just lazy, but when I play groups of 3 per string, I play down-up-down-down-up-down.
Pierre-Luc Haché
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Pierre-Luc Haché if you do that its not alternate picking its called economy picking easyer when you play fast!
Derek Unterberger
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Derek Unterberger That's basically me at the end of the lesson XD. thanks a lot for the lesson!