Crosspicking With The Wrist And Forearm

A solid hands-on overview of how compound movements work and how to use them

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00:05:45

Forward Roll Patterns Tk1

 

00:06:14

Forward Roll Patterns Tk2

 

00:14:26

Forward Roll Mutes

 

00:25:07

Compound Movement Arpeggio

 

00:33:40

Pedal Blues

 

00:39:44

Forward Roll DGB

 

00:39:49

Forward Roll Etude

 

00:40:04

Forward Roll GBE

 

00:40:17

Four String Roll Tk1

 

00:41:20

Forward Roll Etude Tk2

 

00:43:22

C-Shape Linear Movement

 

00:43:31

C-Shape Tracking

 

00:44:07

Four String Roll Tk2

 

00:58:31

Motorcycle Arpeggios Tk1

 

00:58:55

Motorcycle Scalar Tk1

 

00:58:58

Motorcycle Scalar Tk2

 

00:59:19

Motorcycle Mutes

 

01:05:50

Motorcycle Arpeggios Tk2

 

01:07:22

Motorcycle Arpeggios Gentle Tk1

 

01:08:03

Motorcycle Arpeggios Gentle Tk2

 

01:08:32

Motorcycle Edge Picking

 

01:13:51

Motorcycle Medley

 

01:14:08

C-Shape Scale

 

01:15:04

C-Shape Tonic Tk1

 

01:15:26

C-Shape Tonic Circles

 

01:15:45

C-Shape Arpeggio Root

 

01:15:59

C-Shape Arpeggio Sixth

 

01:16:15

C-Shape Arpeggio Complete

 

01:16:29

C-Shape Arpeggio Complete Improv

 

01:17:49

Circular Roll EBGB Tk1

 

01:18:00

Circular Roll EBGB Tk2

 

01:18:12

Circular Roll Open Fifth

 

01:18:20

Morse Melody

 

01:18:52

Lydian Roll Medley Tk1

 

01:20:10

Heel Toe Arpeggios Tk1

 

01:20:15

Heel Toe Arpeggios Tk2

 

01:20:47

Deviation Arpeggios Tk1

 

01:20:53

Deviation Arpeggios Tk2

 

01:20:59

Deviation Arpeggios Tk3

 

01:21:09

More Motorcycle

 

01:21:13

More Deviation

 

01:21:44

Neoclassical Motorcycle

 

01:21:52

Pickslanty Minor

 

01:23:02

Gaelanb

I missed the clock face explanation. Can you give a description of which direction the clock face numbers represent?

 

01:23:24

shredDon

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?

 

01:24:23

Arpeggio Triplets Medley Tk1

 

01:24:55

Arpeggio Triplets

 

01:25:17

Arpeggio Triplets Medley Tk2

 

01:26:05

blueshinstuschen

Related to @pritesh's question: could you go into more detail or recap about the advantages and disadvantages of pinky/ring anchoring (Miner) vs. wrist anchoring (Tuttle)?

 

01:26:24

Miner Arpeggio Ascending Tk1

 

01:26:34

Miner Five String Roll

 

01:26:43

Miner Arpeggio Ascending Tk2

 

01:26:56

Miner Five String Roll Slow

 

01:27:25

Miner Triplets

 

01:27:36

Ringy Motorcycle

 

01:28:01

Miner Medley

 

01:28:38

Forearm Anchor Arpeggios

 

01:28:54

pritesh

I tend to float the right hand (my picking hand) over strings, just like Carl Miner....do you feel planting the wrist on the bridge helps ?

 

01:29:19

Thenar Mutes

 

01:29:29

Forearm Anchor Scale

 

01:29:48

Forward Roll Ringy Tk1

 

01:30:25

Montreal543

Hi Troy - I know we’ve discussed this a bit on the forum, but do you believe there is a “speed limit” in crosspicking in general and compared to DWPS or UWPs? If so, what are its limiting factors? Thanks!

 

01:31:32

Tumeni Fours

 

01:32:21

Tumeni Fours Moderate

 

01:33:48

Sguitar

I feel that as a guitar player I play too many exercises. Do you have any song recommendations? Anything from bluegrass to shred works for me.

 

01:35:16

Lydian Skip Roll Tk1

 

01:35:32

Lydian Skip Roll Tk2

 

01:35:40

Lydian Skip Roll Slow

 

01:35:58

Lydian Roll Medley Tk2

 

01:36:41

JonAuthier

What pick direction is most effective for crosspicking? neutral, downward pickslant etc,

 

01:38:00

GraehmeFloyd

When it comes to crosspicking, how would you suggest developing string accuracy? Is it just a matter of repetition or are there specific approaches or exercises that will help with this. Cheers from Canada, eh!

 

01:39:18

Forward Roll Ringy Tk2

 

01:39:30

Forward Roll Ringy Moderate

 

01:40:17

tommo

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!

 

01:40:53

Ascending Two O'Clock Sixes

 

01:41:36

Maj9 Arpeggio Tk1

 

01:42:58

Maj9 Shape

 

01:43:16

Maj9 Arpeggio Tk2

 

01:43:23

Maj9 Fours

 

01:43:32

Maj9 Fours Slow

 

01:43:54

Min9 Arpeggio

 

01:44:06

Min9 Arpeggio Fast

 

01:44:19

Min9 Shape

 

01:44:59

212 Arpeggio Medley

 

01:45:15

Dom7 Arpeggio Medley

 

01:45:44

Maj9 Min9 Improv

 

01:46:09

JamesC

I found incidentally that doing these types of movements feels more natural for me on a 12 string. Maybe the double strings force you into a more neutral slant. Likewise do you think mandolin playing may influence this mechanic?

 

01:48:31

DirtyPower

It really seemed to me like that first clip of nylon string player 'single string' pattern, was just an 'Upward-Escaped' (UWPS) with a rest stroke on the B string... is that right? i.e. not actually crosspicking?

 

01:50:08

Tom h

Hey Troy onlynjust tunes innbecause I was at work :( When can we hope to see this on the platform?

 

212 Arpeggio Medley

 

01:44:59

Arpeggio Triplets

 

01:24:55

Arpeggio Triplets Medley Tk1

 

01:24:23

Arpeggio Triplets Medley Tk2

 

01:25:17

Ascending Two O'Clock Sixes

 

01:40:53

C-Shape Arpeggio Complete

 

01:16:15

C-Shape Arpeggio Complete Improv

 

01:16:29

C-Shape Arpeggio Root

 

01:15:45

C-Shape Arpeggio Sixth

 

01:15:59

C-Shape Linear Movement

 

00:43:22

C-Shape Scale

 

01:14:08

C-Shape Tonic Circles

 

01:15:26

C-Shape Tonic Tk1

 

01:15:04

C-Shape Tracking

 

00:43:31

Circular Roll EBGB Tk1

 

01:17:49

Circular Roll EBGB Tk2

 

01:18:00

Circular Roll Open Fifth

 

01:18:12

Compound Movement Arpeggio

 

00:25:07

Deviation Arpeggios Tk1

 

01:20:47

Deviation Arpeggios Tk2

 

01:20:53

Deviation Arpeggios Tk3

 

01:20:59

Dom7 Arpeggio Medley

 

01:45:15

Forearm Anchor Arpeggios

 

01:28:38

Forearm Anchor Scale

 

01:29:29

Forward Roll DGB

 

00:39:44

Forward Roll Etude

 

00:39:49

Forward Roll Etude Tk2

 

00:41:20

Forward Roll GBE

 

00:40:04

Forward Roll Mutes

 

00:14:26

Forward Roll Patterns Tk1

 

00:05:45

Forward Roll Patterns Tk2

 

00:06:14

Forward Roll Ringy Moderate

 

01:39:30

Forward Roll Ringy Tk1

 

01:29:48

Forward Roll Ringy Tk2

 

01:39:18

Four String Roll Tk1

 

00:40:17

Four String Roll Tk2

 

00:44:07

Heel Toe Arpeggios Tk1

 

01:20:10

Heel Toe Arpeggios Tk2

 

01:20:15

Lydian Roll Medley Tk1

 

01:18:52

Lydian Roll Medley Tk2

 

01:35:58

Lydian Skip Roll Slow

 

01:35:40

Lydian Skip Roll Tk1

 

01:35:16

Lydian Skip Roll Tk2

 

01:35:32

Maj9 Arpeggio Tk1

 

01:41:36

Maj9 Arpeggio Tk2

 

01:43:16

Maj9 Fours

 

01:43:23

Maj9 Fours Slow

 

01:43:32

Maj9 Min9 Improv

 

01:45:44

Maj9 Shape

 

01:42:58

Min9 Arpeggio

 

01:43:54

Min9 Arpeggio Fast

 

01:44:06

Min9 Shape

 

01:44:19

Miner Arpeggio Ascending Tk1

 

01:26:24

Miner Arpeggio Ascending Tk2

 

01:26:43

Miner Five String Roll

 

01:26:34

Miner Five String Roll Slow

 

01:26:56

Miner Medley

 

01:28:01

Miner Triplets

 

01:27:25

More Deviation

 

01:21:13

More Motorcycle

 

01:21:09

Morse Melody

 

01:18:20

Motorcycle Arpeggios Gentle Tk1

 

01:07:22

Motorcycle Arpeggios Gentle Tk2

 

01:08:03

Motorcycle Arpeggios Tk1

 

00:58:31

Motorcycle Arpeggios Tk2

 

01:05:50

Motorcycle Edge Picking

 

01:08:32

Motorcycle Medley

 

01:13:51

Motorcycle Mutes

 

00:59:19

Motorcycle Scalar Tk1

 

00:58:55

Motorcycle Scalar Tk2

 

00:58:58

Neoclassical Motorcycle

 

01:21:44

Pedal Blues

 

00:33:40

Pickslanty Minor

 

01:21:52

Ringy Motorcycle

 

01:27:36

Thenar Mutes

 

01:29:19

Tumeni Fours

 

01:31:32

Tumeni Fours Moderate

 

01:32:21

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.