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Sally Goodin – Guitar

February 3rd, 2018

Sally Goodin

Key of A,
Capo 2nd.

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Crosspicking 102 – Sitting on Top of the World

January 29th, 2018

Here is a fine example of crosspicking in the tradition of George Shuffler who played with The Stanley Brothers back in the day.

I transcribed this solo from a 1977 live performance of Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys. You can view the original concert video here.

The guitar player is Troy ‘Renfro’ Profitt and he does a brilliant job of sticking to the melody while rolling that syncopated crosspicking throughout. The predominent picking pattern is Down-Up-Up.

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Beaumont Rag

February 18th, 2011

Beaumont Rag, what is there to say? It’s a timeless classic from deep in the heart of Texas. A consummate standard played by Doc, Clarence & Tony to name a few.

My arrangement is played out of the C position capoed at the 2nd fret for the key of D. The crosspicking sections can be played with the DDU pattern but I generally incorporate alternate picking.

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Dueling Banjos

August 1st, 2010

This is my rendition of the classic tune from the movie “Deliverance”.
Key of A, capo 2nd fret.

Tab for this tune includes the entire banjo & guitar parts.

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Whiskey Before Breakfast

April 27th, 2010

Whiskey Before Breakfast is a must know tune regardless of what instrument you play. While some pickers play it in standard D position with no capo, I prefer the sound of it in the C position with the capo at the second fret.

Key of D, Capo 2nd Fret

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Crosspicking 101

April 24th, 2010

Crosspicking is basically the technique of using a flatpick to simulate the fluid sound of finger-picking. It’s most commonly associated with Bluegrass guitar and mandolin players.

The effect is a rolling syncopated sound similar to Scruggs style banjo playing and just like three finger banjo rolls, crosspicking is based on three note phrases played across multiple strings with a four beat pulse.

There are three fundamental patterns or rolls.
The first is alternate picking or down-up-down (DUD) – This is the equivalent to the Square or Double Thumb banjo roll.
The second is down-down-up (DDU) – This is basically a forward roll
And the third is down-up-up (DUU) – Which is like a backward roll

Once you become familiar with these three patterns you’ll start mixing them up in order to fit them into four beat measures. The ultimate goal is to accent melody notes so they stand out among the array of filler notes.

To hear classic examples of crosspicking check out Jesse McReynolds’ mandolin playing with Jim & Jesse, George Shuffler’s guitar playing with the Stanley Brothers or just about anything from Doc Watson, Clarence White or Norman Blake.

The following videos demonstrate the three fundamental patterns and give you some ideas of how to use them along with open string drones, harmonized scales and double-stops.

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Billy in the Lowground

December 23rd, 2009

Billy in the Lowground – Key of C

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Cherokee Shuffle

July 30th, 2009

Cherokee Shuffle (aka Lost Indian) is usually played in the Key of A capoed at the 2nd fret G position.

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Soldier’s Joy

July 11th, 2009

Soldier’s Joy is a well known fiddle tune usually played in the key of D. For guitar it works well with or without a capo though I prefer using the capo and playing out of the C position.

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Salt Creek

July 9th, 2009

Salt Creek is a festival favorite and a flatpicking essential. Usually played in the key of A capoed at the 2nd fret (G position). Most pickers have learned this tune directly, or vicariously, from Doc Watson’s famous rendition. In this particular example I play a variation of the B part that is slightly different than the way you usually hear it though the structure remains intact. The ending tag is one of my favorite Tony Rice licks.

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