Crosspicking is an advanced picking technique that will lend your licks an authentic country flavor – test your picking skills with this lesson

Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley is a prodigious crosspicker – check out Play for an example of how it's done (Image credit: Mark Horton/WireImage)

Have you ever been in a situation where an idea didn’t feel as easy to play as it was to dream up? Most of us have – and the barrier is generally technique. 

This doesn’t have to mean rippling neoclassical arpeggios; it can happen in the blues or any other genre, for that matter. However, sometimes it’s hard to know how to go about solving issues such as this without feeling condemned to a punishing practice schedule akin to ‘technique bootcamp’. 

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.