Andy Wood Workshop: Acoustic Technique

This was a live event on March 29, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

This event is recently completed — we are still working on editing the video, and will get it uploaded to the platform as soon as we can. Stay tuned!

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The Pit And The Pendulum, EGP



Can you explain more about 32nd note strumming? What is the rechnique and how you use it? Does it work the same on guitar?



Acoustic vs. electric, do you find one harder than the other, and why?



Is there an effective way to mute when crosspicking 4 string rolls on guitar? Lets say ascending 4 string roll.



How many hours did you practice those crosspicking patterns each day to get them so fluid?



So to emphasize a strum Andy does the motorcycle motion. Is there a way he plays other strings quieter without muting? For example the way he plays the opening A minor in Jerusalem Ridge? Does it just seem like quiet playing compared to the emphasized motorcycled plucks?



Why does Andy use such light gauge strings when they play electric? Why don't they just scale down a gauge or two?



The Open Road; Q: How do you count the intro and change to the B part?



Do you think there comes a time when a player should stop obsessing over techniques, and rely on the ear's guidance to perform, and enjoy what they are playing? How important do you think technique practice, and exercises, are once a player is playing the music they enjoy? Should time alway be allocated for technique drills? Sorry for run on sentences. ????



What is the most common approach you take when composing your music? You start with a melodic idea (either on mando or guitar), with a chord progression, a percussion pattern, borrow an idea from one of your bandmates and go from there,...?


Andy’s amazing right hand movements across electric guitar, acoustic guitar and mandolin share a family resemblance in their super fluid use of wrist motion mechanics. These movements adapt in subtle yet important ways to the task at hand, from the big box of the Martin D28 Dreadnought to the tiny violin-sized mandolin — among both the largest and smallest picked instruments most of us are likely to encounter.

While it’s awesome to know that the same basic ingredients can work on such disparate mechanical problems, it’s another to actually make that happen. In this live broadcast we’re going to boil down the exact arm and hand setups, anchor points, and picking motions Andy uses to generate his famously fluid and accurate sound on both of these important instruments.

Even if you’re not an acoustic or mandolin player, the experience of making your technique work in the smaller format can be an invaluable type of cross-training for learning complicated hand movements on your usual axe.

Note: this session is open to everyone with an account on the site, Masters in Mechanics and Basic (free) members. At the scheduled time just head to our Live Studio page to tune in!