Guitar Noise Podcast #7 – A Little Crosspicking…


Hello to everyone and welcome to the latest Guitar Noise Podcast! And my thank you to all for your patience in giving me a little time off since the last one.

Our seventh GN Podcast picks up right on the heels of the sixth, working with the Am to G to D progression in 3 /4 timing that closed our last podcast. This time out, though, we add the technique of crosspicking (using individual notes instead of strumming or partial chords) to give some variation and interest that basic strumming wouldn’t cover. Finally, we also work in the walking bass lines from GN Podcast #6 to our crosspicking, making things even more interesting!

As in our previous Guitar Noise Podcasts, I’ll be walking you step by step through the lesson. So don’t think that you ain’t going nowhere, get your guitar, get down on that easy chair and come along and play! And, as always, please let us know what you think.


About David Hodge

Since joining Guitar Noise in November 1999, David has written over a thousand articles, lessons, interviews and reviews. He also serves as the site's Managing Editor, supervising all content in addition to the continued writing of his own lessons and articles. In April 2013, David joined the writing staff of, heading up their Guitar Pages. And if that wasn't enough to keep him busy, David contributes to regularly Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is also the author of six instructional books, the most recent being Idiot’s Guide: Playing Guitar.

Comments [6]

  1. David… thanks alot for ALL these podcasts.I am a retired teacher who has been through several “teachers” while trying to learn to play(from scratch)…these have been a great help.You are a good teacher…keep ‘em coming…

  2. My pleasure, T E! Glad that these podcasts are helping and please feel free to drop a line of feedback whenever the mood strikes you.


  3. Mr. Hodge

    First i want to thank you again for your lessons.

    I have one question about the “pattern” of crosspicking.

    While you say there’s no pattern as long as you feel comfortable, i often find myself confused this way. Maybe i am just being stubborn on sticking to the up and down picking pattern, or maybe because i’m just a beginner with little experience on dealing with the free style.

    I hope you can give me some advise on this, should i practice both ways until i feel totally comfortable with them or maybe even have to bother noticing them?

    excuse my poor expression, my english is just one step ahead of my guitar skill.

  4. there’s a mistake in my last comment, at the second paragraph from the end, should be” or maybe even don’t have to bother noticing them”.


  5. This website just gets better. I love this place and will have to use it more!

    Thanks David


  6. You’re welcome, Stu.

    Sorry I’ve not been answering posts all that well of late. As mentioned in the recent podcast (and the Guitar Noise Newsletter), things have been a bit busy.

    But I do want you to know that I appreciate you making the time to post a comment. And I hope you enjoy all the Guitar Noise Podcasts.


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