Chris Eldridge

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Banks of the Ohio

Basic Crosspicking

We're re-issuing one of Chris's most popular lessons with re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Chris: 

Crosspicking is one of the great, under-appreciated flatpicking techniques. Pioneered by the Stanley Brothers' George Shuffler, crosspicking imitates the percolating, 3 against 4 feel of a bluegrass banjo roll. But unlike the hell-for-leather roll of a Ralph Stanley's banjo, crosspicking sounds wonderfully chilled out.

This week we're going to look at a very basic way to play the melody to Banks of the Ohio using both alternate picking and the George Shuffler-esque Down-Down-Up right-hand scheme.




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Introduction to Crosspicking

Loop 6:20 Overview of Down, Down Up (DDU) Crosspicking

Loop 9:20 How to Crosspick the Melody of Banks of the Ohio 

Loop 12:04 Slow Practice Loop


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 12:52 At Tempo Practice Loop

Loop 13:25 How the Chords and Melody Fit Together

Loop 17:18 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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