Crosspicking With The Wrist And Forearm
A solid hands-on overview of how compound movements work and how to use them
This was a live event on June 27, 2018 3:00 PM EDT
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This crosspicking motion feels much more comfortable and natural to me than the wrist deviation version, but when I try to alternate between two adjacent strings quickly, I find that it's really a doublestop tremolo that I'm doing. How different should it feel to be able to accurately alternate between the two strings?
Hello again CTC team! Troy, do you find crosspicking to be a “high-maintenance” technique, in the sense that you lose it quickly without regular dedicated practice? I ask this because crosspicking seems to require more finely tuned movements, as compared for example to the “Yngwie system”. Thanks!
The forearm is one of the big three joints used in picking technique next to elbow and wrist, but outside of Eddie Van Halen’s famous tremolo technique, it rarely acts alone. Most often, it’s used in combination with the wrist to create a variety of super common and super useful motions. In this broadcast, we’re going to look at the ways the wrist and forearm work together to make the kind of “fully escaped” pickstrokes used in crosspicking. Along the way, we’ll look at players who utilize motions like this, including Andy Wood, Ardeshir Farah, and Jimmy Herring.
More importantly, combinations of arm and wrist exist in many picking motions, including those used in pickslanting. So the concepts we’ll be discussing will make it easier for you to both recognize motions you may already be making, and to harness their power to play an even wider array of things.