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The Fox - Crosspicking

Genre: Bluegrass  Key: A  Tuning: EADGBE (Standard)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by jameypittman, updated: 6/12/2010
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Notes: I always thought the intro where Thile sings and percussively chops out the beat on the mandolin was cool but felt the guitarist should have been doing something there as well. It occurred to me one day that maybe some crosspicking would fit in there nicely so I started messing around with that idea and came up with this. I like the extra dynamic it gives to the otherwise sparse intro and it has become my standard crosspicking workout/exercise song -- great for keeping your right hand in shape -- and I thought I'd share the TAB for it. Here's a link to me playing the song on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=212soGvTM5I For the most part, the fretting hand does very little but hold some chord fragments leaving the picking hand to do all the hard work. I might add that "crosspicking" doesn't just mean the basic "1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2" string picking pattern to me and the TAB reflects that sentiment. Sometimes I just endlessly roll triplets "1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3..." (which creates a nice, syncopated feel) or intentionally hit the middle string instead of "crossing" over it back to the low string if that's what feels right and keeps the timing how I want it.

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