Adjacent two-note chord picking technique

By this, I just mean playing things like power chords, but playing more across the frett-board. Like playing through an arpegio but playing two notes at a time.

Just wondering what most people use for this. In the past , I would just use finger picking, but I had limitations there. But I am starting to see a lot of potential with cross-picking adjacent two-note chords. It just seems very reliable and flexible. It kinda opens up a whole new sound.

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Can you be more specific ? tab or something ?

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I’m not to good with guitar-pro, but something like this:

I would hybrid pick the s*** out of that.

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Cool idea! Looks very hard though!


not sure what that will sound like :wink:
Do you plan to let the notes ring or stop them after each pair? Might be harder for the left than the right hand then.

I would pluck them with middle an ring finger. lightly palm muted might sound good, but is hard to do when fingerpicking e and b-string. Far apart from shred-territory me thinks :wink:


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By the way, did anyone ever try the caprice 24 by paganini? There’s a section which is all supposed to be double stops, maybe this technique could be applied to something like that? I recall that the left hand was also a nightmare though.


The German Schauss book “Shredding Paganini” lays this out with hybrid picking it’s not too bad as it’s a slower section.

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Very good question… I almost always want to let the notes ring. That’s sorta my trademark.

And I agree with everyone here that hyrbrid or finger picking would be a good method… but I just don’t have the skills to hybrid this with any speed. So that really limits me.

Anyhoo, I am trying to transfer piano songs that I used to play as a kid to guitar… and these sorta patterns show up a lot. And my weak hybrid skills would usually cause me to ‘give up’. So I am very encouraged by attempting to use X-picking. I am not quite there yet… but I think it should be doable.

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Yes, I love Caprice 24.

The first double-stop just involves octaves… Its not too fast and can be ‘slid’ up and down. It sounds really cool on guitar. I think Octaves are underutilized in guitar. A lot of guitarist convert them to single notes… or use an octave effect. But it makes it too electronic sounding.

However… the second double-stop portion is probably what you are talking about. It isn’t straight up octaves, and is inhumanly tough to do. I just kinda gave up on it in the past. I’ve seen professional level violinists struggle with it.

I found someone who transcribed that part here: I’ve heard this played at much higher speed by Heifitz/Perlman/Leonidas


Look into Scotty Anderson’s technique. Scotty has developed a method for alternate picking double stops using the pick and nail of his index finger.

This technique mechanically resembles a DWPS deviation and flexion/extension based crosspicking movement, with a slightly modified hand position to allow the fingernail to strike the higher string almost exactly as the pick strikes the lower string.

I found the movement very awkward for a long time, but I’ve started to make some headway with the technique. There’s a bit of a knack to it, and my fingernail needs to be maintained at a particular length.

The technique is very versatile and Scotty has taken that basic concept to the extremes and devised more advanced variations, including triple-stop alternate picking and variations involving non-adjacent strings.

If you’d like, I can make a short video later demonstrating the basic principle, but be aware that I’m still at a very basic level with this technique.

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Thanks. I just tried that, and I definitely see potential in it. Basically, I have to use an angled approach (which I normally dont use), and I’m using the index finger as a ‘second pick’ that moves in the same motion as the pick. It seems to work, and I will definitely experiment with this.

Wow, this guy is insane:

The first time I heard Scotty Anderson was like my first time hearing Shawn Lane. I was utterly astonished.

I would absolutely love to see Scotty interviewed for CTC. Those double-stop alternate picking lines are unbelievable. The technique he uses to accomplish those lines is unlike anything we’ve seen examined here before. Then there’s the incredibly fluid transitions between his fingerstyle playing and his single-note melody playing.

I believe @Troy did an interview with him in the past. I know that some of the early interviews were conducted differently than they’re conducted now, and there were issues with recordings, etc. If it’s in any watchable state, I’d love to see it. If not, I think a follow up interview should be a priority.

Scotty is great and I’m mad to this day that I somehow unplugged the camcorder right when the interview started. We have some truly horrendous SD video shot by another guy who was there, but it’s postage stamp quality.

Long story short it’s definitely on our list to redo that one with him but it’s just an issue of money and time. Either we have to fly him out here or we have to fly out there.

That is some extraordinary playing. And while I’m watching it, I keep thinking about Benny Hill.

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