Molly Tuttle teaches you the secret to "backward" crosspicking

Molly Tuttle
(Image credit: Zach Pigg)

As I have mentioned in the previous columns, crosspicking techniques remind me of the three-fingered picking patterns usually heard on and associated with the banjo. In fact, I first learned this fingerpicking approach on the banjo (using fingerpicks) and then applied it to the guitar with flatpicking (plectrum) technique. 

The picking patterns are often based on three-note sequences, which are generally played in meters of 44 or 22  (also known as cut time). Playing three-note patterns in a rhythm of straight eighth notes in these meters creates inherent melodic syncopations, which is something that I love about bluegrass music.  

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