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Crosspicking the B Section

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Whiskey Before Breakfast > Crosspicking the B Section

This week we are continuing with a crosspicked version of the B section of Whiskey Before Breakfast. The first crosspicked "line" is something that I learned from Tony Rice from the Blake and Rice record. He plays a great voicing of a G7 that really makes that section come alive. Then we look at a crosspicked chromatic descending lick that can be used down low on the guitar in the second half. Lots of good clean fun here this week.

Cheers,

Chris

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Bluegrass
Chris Eldridge
Julian Lage
Whiskey Before Breakfast

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Crosspicking Whiskey Before Breakfast

 

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Loop 0:48 Introduction to the Lesson

Loop 2:52 Breakdown of B Section

Loop 17:20 Closing Thoughts

 

 

 

 

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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Oct 31, 2016

Chris - 

As you suggested I searched for some notes of my own. I've never attempted this sort of thing so perhaps it's just another way to play Whiskey Before Breakfast. I mostly tried to stay away from how you taught it. A couple subtle things in the A section and maybe slightly more adventurous in the B section but nothing crazy. I saw a video of you and Bryan Sutton talking about how to start improvising and what I came away with from that was start with some simple little things so that is what I did.

Thanks for checking it out.

Kip

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Nov 16, 2016

Kip, this is great! It's very musical and it sounds like you, which, to me, is ultimately the point of all of this - self-expression while having fun. 

Just one constructive comment: you're consistently adding an extra couple of 16th note beats at the end of the first measure. Try counting 1-2-3-4 and see if you can find the spot. 

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Oct 01, 2016

Whiskey Before Breakfast Crosspick lesson I've been working on. The A and B part minus the alternate B part which isn't for me yet and it's not so much the stretch ... it's just getting used to going there cleanly plus the crosspick that follows is challenging for me but I feel like I'm getting there unless of course you say otherwise in which case its back to the ol' drawing board. Thank you for checking it out Chris.

Kip

 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Oct 21, 2016

Kip, this is GREAT! Really sounds musical and groovy in a way I haven't heard from you before. Awesome job! The only thing is that there are a few extra beats at the end of the 2nd A section right before the B section starts. But aside from that this was really musically satisfying. I'd encourage you to play it and start searching for your own solo, your own notes now...

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Oct 22, 2016

My own solo ... Hmmm ... if you say so but that could be a project that will take a while. BTW I'm really looking forward to seeing you and Julian out there this winter. My own notes ...

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Sep 13, 2016

Chris - staying loose/exaggerated in the long run may (will I suppose) pay dividends but in the short term it's making the going mighty slow and frustrating. My crosspicking isn't my strength in the first place, so the intricate cross picking/articulation required in both the A and B sections is tough. I'm starting to feel more comfortable playing the A section but not so with the B. I'm working on it and look forward to being able to play it as you demonstrated.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Sep 13, 2016

Kip, you've made incredible progress on here. The funny thing about getting better at something like guitar is that your progress occurs in plateaus. You work on something and you feel stuck and it's not getting any better and you might even start feeling frustrated, but then one day you wake up and you are just better. You can suddenly do the thing that you couldn't do before. You've reached a new plateau.

The loose/exaggerated thing is all about building a more sound foundation on which to build your playing and musicality. With time, the looseness becomes a habit, but a precision emerges that wasn't there before. You are on the path and from my perspective it's awesome to watch.

Chris

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Sep 27, 2016

Thanks - I feel like I have made progress and understand reaching plataeus. It remains fun for me and I am still motivated and enthused. I'm at a point where I can post a video (probably will) of the crosspicking A and B parts minus the alternate 2nd B part. I forget what chord exactly you called it (D7 maybe) but it requires stretching across 4 frets walking down the A string. I couldnt do it in the other lesson either. I find that really tough (I don't want to say impossible ever again) to make that stretch and it reminds me of the first time I ever picked up a guitar and tried to make a chord. I know there aren't any shortcuts to accomplishing this feat other than to continue to climb to the next plateau. Thanks for the encouragement and help.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Sep 09, 2016

Blake and Rice medley is Fiddler's Dram/Whiskey Before Breakfast 

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