As I mentioned in my into post, I’m try to evolve from a strum bum to someone who can play more interesting stuff competently. I gravitate more toward bluegrass picking so I’m thinking about focusing on cross picking. However, I don’t know where to start.
I figured the wisest thing is to simply post a few video clips and get some feedback. The playing here is pretty bad compared to what else I’ve seen around here.
So if I want to start developing cross picking skills, what am I doing wrong? Am I doing anything right? Grip? Tracking? Pick angle? Any an all feedback is appreciated.
I figure once I know what the issues are, and given where I want to be, that should give me some insight as to where to go next.
Here’s an A major pentatonic scale
This is the coda guitar riff to Scarlet Begonias
Here’s an (ugly) stab at Will the Circle Be Unbroken, with a combination of picking and strumming
And, finally, here’s some alternating bass/strum. This is just a G C D G progression, and the 4 leading into the change is a single string chromatic run, A B (5th string) into the C; B C (5th) into the D, E F# (6th) into the G. This one is a bit longer with the slow motion, but anyone looking should get the idea pretty quickly. The goal is to strum the bottom three strings, and the strums should only be the top 3 strings. The latter objective is rarely achieved.
Hopefully, this is all clear. If not, please just let me know.
For the record, in case it matters, I’m playing with a Clayton acetal rounded triangle .63mm pick.
EDIT: I think I got the videos fixed. @Troy