Cross picking on the Mandolin

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Learn how to cross pick on the mandolin with expert music training tips in this free online instrument instruction video clip.

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I am a mandolin instructor. In this segment we will be going over some form of picking called cross picking where you alternate picking first of all but you also alternate strings you may go straight down and them jump over one and go back to another or so. So that would be some cross picking. To give you a little example let us start, actually play a long tune, let us start playing an open D followed by an A and then play the E string with your index finger on the second fret and you just want to keep it there the whole time. This is the first part of me showing you the cross picking so we will play each string one time. So that would be D, A and then the E string, finger on the second fret then came back and hit an A followed by D… and then the E and then the A and D. Now if you put that altogether and you will be doing some cross picking and that would sound like this. You can speed it up a little bit and throw in some other notes to be played on your E string like your third fret or your fifth fret or all three, the second, third and the fifth. So you can after a while get a little better and make some pretty sounds playing a different cross picking variations, it might sound like this…

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