38 thoughts on “Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: G Position # 2 anchoring & crosspicking.m4v

  1. Dude, these are GOOD lessons…good for several levels. They show where the G scale is…but then go on to show updownupdown cross-picking. From there, the student can go on to build up speed. There's LOTS & LOTS to get out of this eight minutes of video. TXTXTXTXTX

  2. Thanks so much for the video. I am learning cross picking now. Do you have anything with Wildwood Flower and Home Sweet Home? Thank you so much for your guitar lesson.

  3. Agree with John below, inciteful comment, and Thanks for all you video and lessons, I'm going to buy some of your work, too much fun to miss!

  4. It finally occurred to me that when you combine this anchored G movement (descending in tone) with the anchored C you show in another video, you basically have the combined guitar part for Friend of the Devil. In addition to that theoretical leap of understanding, these two exercises got me moving well enough to finally play that song up to speed. Thank you!

  5. Cross picking is far simpler than I would have thought.  I had done this finger picking and I did not realize I was doing it. It sounds so good on an acoustic guitar, that I must stay with you on this and advance further.  Many thanks for your instructive video.

  6. Great to hear this was helpful! Be sure to check out the 5th Fret Productions website for more flat pick resources.

  7. MIchael, Thanks for the update. It's great to hear that your playing is moving forward and your hearing the results of your work. Tone is a real tell all. The better your technique gets the more you will get from your instruments…
    Adam

  8. I can't believe how well my guitars are sounding using the technique you teach here Adam. I play a 2010 Takamine ETN 10C and a 1983 Flambeau/Lowden made in Japan, both guitars are showing off their true tones, natural reverb and volume. I'm using new plectrums and following your picking tech. My guitar playing has improved big time, I've worked out River Take Me by D Scott it just needs a few weeks polishing.
    Please believe me when I say Thank-You-So Much!

    Michael

  9. I don't use this technique much in my own playing anymore. I found it put stress on the index finger knuckle and I was getting some hand pain from it. I feel my playing is at it's best when I stick with the forearm rotation approach. The real key is: find what you feel will work best for you then stick with it!!!! Accomplished players are typically consistent players, they do things the same way all the time and it pays off.

  10. Those are two of the best flat pickers to ever pick up a dreadnought! I do have some thoughts on the bent thumb approach. It's a complex approach that can obviously work incredibly well when done right. When you bend your thumb you change the angle that the pick strikes the string and you change where the pick strikes the string. The index finger is actually effecting things quite a bit as well. Helping control the pick angle and placement. to be continued…

  11. Thanks m8,
    really appreciate your lessons.
    Watching Bryan Sutton and Tony Rice i notice when they are picking fast,
    their thumb is constantly bending and straightening.
    Any thoughts on this.
    Thanks m8.

  12. Most everything i do in the lesson packs on the web site is presented in slow and fast samples. I don't always show my hands doing it at both speeds but there is always a chart and audio. A lot of the time there is video as well…

  13. Mr. Schlenker ,didnt think you'd reply to my comment, thanks so much,, in was wondering if you have exercizes that you show in slow motion note for note,,what you play is so kool ,i have a hard time figuring out what your playing cuz its fast. , im going be goin through all your lessons but still enjoying this exersize. thanks again . God blessed you with an awesome talent.

  14. Thank ya much. Be sure to check out the 5th Fret Productions web site for more flat pick resources.
    Adam

  15. Really glad to hear that! I'm happy the help. Most of the lessons I create and post these days go straight to the 5th Fret Productions web site. Keep an eye on that for more and new resources. Adam

  16. Adam, really appreciate your lessons your the best bluegrass lessons i have found so far online you really help me understand so much more then i did….Thanks a bunch!

  17. Great and useful video! And it's really cool of Johnny Depp to take a break from pirate movies to teach us guitar.

  18. Thanks for the kind words and feedback. I appreciate that. I enjoy teaching and learning and consider it all a work in progress.

    Really glad you like the scale exercises. These types of things can be so helpful to your playing. I am planning on a new series for the 5th Fret site on D position and I have already been plotting new scale exercises using some "unison double stops" so keep an eye on the web site. If I can ever help or answer any questions, feel free to ask.
    Adam

  19. Jerry, email me directly and I'll send you a couple pdf samples of things you can do to strengthen that side of your hand. In the mean time try working out a fiddle tune in G second position. That will work out the pinkie! Remember to play slow and clean. It's about building your skills, not performing the tune at this point…

  20. I appreciate you responding, Adam. Any particular exercise(s) that you would recommend are better than any other? Thanks again, Jerry

  21. jg, Thank ya much. The pinkie is the last part of your hand to get on board so at 6 or so months in you should not feel like something is really wrong. We use our pinkies and even ring finger, to some extent, so little that when you ask it to go to work like this it just has a lot of catching up to do. Having said that, you have to focus on developing a well balanced hand. A person could play for years and still have an underdeveloped pinkie. Make sure you use it as much as you can!

  22. Adam, you're a great teacher – glad I found your channel. A quick question from a relative beginner. Been taking lessons for about 6-7 mos. and understand scale patterns and have them memorized. BUT, when I watch your left hand, your pinky seems so relaxed and natural. Mine feels and looks spastic, tense and awkward! Is this normal at my level? Can I hope that it will improve and is there any secret beyond just doing it over and over? Thanks for sharing your knowledge. jg

  23. @PlzEnjoiSkating There is so much great music out there with so many variations in the genre. So it makes my head spin a bit to think about telling someone where to start but here goes: The Kentucky Colonels (especially Appalachian Swing for instrumentals) and The Bluegrass Album Band would be great examples to look into.

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