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This course will help you learn the basics of crosspicking on the mandolin—mainly in the style of the great Jesse McReynolds. Material will focus on various crosspicking patterns and double stops and positions in various keys to create unique and often intricate solos on bluegrass standard songs. Arrangements will start out fairly simple and will progress to more complex solos as we explore some of McReynolds’ approaches to playing melody, along with some other approaches to incorporating crosspicking into your playing. It’s a great way to add some color and flair to your playing!
Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm eastern time from January 9 to March 6, with the week of February 6 off due to Matt’s touring schedule. Follow-up practice sessions, in which Matt will review all of that week’s material with the students, take place on Saturdays at 11 am from January 13 to March 10 (again, with February 10 off due to Matt’s touring schedule).
Attendance to the live class and review sessions is encouraged but not essential, as all sessions are recorded and available to view on the class website by the following day.
This course is recommended for intermediate to advanced players.
WEEK 1 (1/9)
Intro to cross picking
Crosspicking Pattern 1
Double Stops in the key of A
Playing cross picking patterns over double stops
Long Journey Home
WEEK 2 (1/16)
The Key of D
Double Stops in D
Moving from one double stop to another
Crosspicking on the high strings
Crosspicking on the low strings
Gotta Travel On
Rabbit in the Log
WEEK 3 (1/23)
Key of G
Crosspicking Pattern II (DEDEADEA)
Low and high double stop positions
Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes
WEEK 4 (1/30)
Adding intermediate double stops
Diatonic Double Stop Exercise in G
Varying the picking pattern (Pattern 1 and pattern 2 on same part of melody to create syncopation)
Don’t Say Goodbye if You Love Me
Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
WEEK 5 (2/13)
Other (non-McReynolds) Corsspicking Patterns
Crosspicking as backup
Crosspicking on three note chords
Home Sweet Home
When You and I Were Young, Maggie
WEEK 6 (2/20)
Key of C
Crosspicking pattern 3
Throwing In Occasional Crosspicking in Solos
I Don’t Believe You’ve Met My Baby
WEEK 7 (2/27)
Keys of E and B
E and B double stop exercises
Low and high positions in E and B
I Wish You Knew
WEEK 8 (3/6)
A couple of McReynolds classics
Combining picking patterns
More double stop exercises
Are You Missing Me?