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Guitar Noise Podcast #15 – Mixing Strumming and Crosspicking

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Hello to all!

Guitar Noise Podcast #15 takes up right on the heels of #14 – we’ll still be using “Handsome Molly” as an exercise to incorporate the various lessons we’ve picked up in our podcasts thus far. The emphasis here will be on combining measures (or half measures) of strumming with measures (or half measures) of crosspicking. Plus, we’ll add a couple of riffs to make the change from our G to D chord a little more interesting.

As always, I’ll be walking you step by step through the lesson. And, as always, please let us know what you think.



  1. becky johnson
    June 5th, 2010 @ 3:00 pm


    Just want to add another voice to the chorus of thanks for your podcasts, lessons and beginner songs (I learned a few of them before the MPA imposed). I find it very helpful, too, when you sing along with the guitar.


    • David Hodge
      June 13th, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

      Hi Becky

      Thank you for your kind words. We’re working on getting things back the way they were (or maybe close enough to it so everyone involved will be happy) ad I appreciate your patience in that regard.

      Also, I agree that it’s more helpful when one can hear both the guitar and the singing. This is one reason why I’m positively thrilled that Guitar Noise Moderator-in-Chief (and all-around great writer and singer) Nick Torres agreed to provide vocals for the CD that will accompany The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guitar that comes out on October 5. It’s going to be terrific and I think it will lead to a lot more lessons of this sort both in the Guitar Noise Podcasts and in the regular lesson sections.

      Looking forward to chatting with you again.


  2. David Hodge
    August 23rd, 2008 @ 7:09 pm

    Hi Pat!

    Since the first one, huh? Some might say you’re a glutton for punishment! Seriously, though, I’m thrilled that the Guitar Noise Podcasts are being so helpful to you. After all, that’s why we’ve posted them!

    I’m not sure how much my singing can help anyone, but I’ll try to work more singing into the upcoming lessons, especially since we’ll be taking this “using what we’ve learned” for a few more podcasts at least.

    Thank you again for your kind words and I hope I have the honor of hearing your music one day.


  3. Pat Lewis
    August 20th, 2008 @ 7:08 am

    Hi David
    I want to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your podcasts. I’ve been with you since the first one and they just get better and better! I especially like the ones with the crosspicking, strumming and the fills you’ve shown us. Also it really helps me to understand better and follow you when you sing. Thank you so much, I really feel like I’m learning some important stuff! I’ve tried some of your crosspicking on some of my own songs and its working great and it is so much fun! My strumming was dull and boring and now it sounds like “real” music.
    Have a great day!