Hey. So, lately Ive been working on a couple of songs with crosspicking on the acoustic guitar. I feel like I’m far more consistent and relaxed at it than I used to be, but I still feel like I’m struggling against the strings sometimes. Im under the impression that I might be stringhopping at times. Regardless of the cause, I’m not sure where to go from here in order to improve.
My goal right now is not to be super fast (though I can see how finding a motion that can also go fast might be a good idea. Tbh, I feel like I might not be able to go much faster with the current motion. Maybe it’s just some imprecisions that slow me down, or maybe it’s something more fundamentally wrong, I don’t know). I want to be able to play these songs with a crosspicking technique that is clean, accurate, has good tone and feels smooth, easy and relaxed. I use a lot of crosspicking in my own songs, so you can understand how that’s something I’d like to feel very comfortable with.
Here’s a video. Songs are Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog and Gimme Danger by The Stooges
Pick is a .73 nylon Dunlop btw. I’ve tried the .88 and the .60. I feel uncomfortable strumming on the acoustic with the .88, the .60 is easier to strum with and I like the tone better, but I find it makes the picking harder, so Ive been experimenting with the .73 lately as a versatile middle ground. But I wonder if it’s the right choice anyway.