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  • All Caught Up!

    Posted by Carnelia on October 8, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    I missed three weeks while on vacation in September – swore off the computer for camping in the Adirondacks. I took the guitar along and played just about every day, but no lessons. When I came back I realized I had missed crosspicking, which I was sad about, so I started doing two lessons a day – one new one and one of the old ones I missed (using history to access them). Three weeks later I’m all caught up and have got so much out of playing longer sessions that I’m going to continue 2 a day – maybe take a couple of skill courses! Raising the bar here a bit!

    Kitman replied 1 year, 6 months ago 5 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Philb

    Member
    October 8, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Glad you were able to enjoy a get away, and have a change in pattern. Those changes can be good for us. The best to you as you up the bar. Enjoy!

    • Carnelia

      Member
      October 10, 2022 at 7:15 am

      Thanks @PhilB! Nice to have your encouragement!

  • Cadgirl

    Member
    October 9, 2022 at 2:54 am

    @Carnelia , i really did like the cross picking challenges. So much that I have looked up some of the old bluegrass songs. Of course, I’m a lot lot slower but they are fun to play. Glad you took your guitar with you on vacation.

    • Carnelia

      Member
      October 10, 2022 at 7:16 am

      Thanks so much @Cadgirl and @Kitman, would love to know what songs you are working on that would be good starter crosspicking songs – and where you found them? Tab or sheet music/lyrics?

    • Cadgirl

      Member
      October 11, 2022 at 5:03 am

      @Carnelia :Yep, @Kitman gave some great information. The songs in the Song Vault all have a tab, if you can’t find it… give a holler and someone will explain it to you. I also ran across this online magazine that I liked. https://www.flatpick.com/category_s/2296.htm , this link will open on the Beaumont Rag, so this is what I’m trying to learn right now. I have the first line down, ha ha ha (SLOWLY). But, if you look at it in sections it’s just like what Tony has in his challenges. One step at a time. Good luck with your journey.


  • Kitman

    Member
    October 9, 2022 at 7:54 am

    @Carnelia like like your vacation get away was great. Cross picking is fun. I focused on that over the last 90 day period and learned some bluegrass songs. Like @Cadgirl I had to take them slowly. Have fun! That’s the key!

  • Kitman

    Member
    October 10, 2022 at 8:21 am

    Hi @Carnelia , here is what I did to practice flat picking and cross picking:

    1. Put the cross picking challenges on a check list and repeated them throughout the 90 days as warm up. Some of them were very challenging to me so I slowed them way down and using a metronome inched the BPMs up little by little. Always dropped back to slower BOMs of my note quality and accuracy suffered

    2. Completed and referenced frequently the “Flatpicking Jumpstart” and “Cross Picking 5 Day Challenge” skills courses

    3. Used the treasure trove of Flatpicking instructional videos in the TAC song Vault and selected some targeted songs to learn. Here is the link for the vault: https://app.searchie.io/hub/254V7grV3m/

    4. Utilized a YouTube site to proactive the songs. This site has tons of bluegrass songs at different speeds that may be used for practice – all for free! For example they have “Billy In The Low Ground” at 80, 90, 100, 110 and ,120 BPMs. I found most all of the TAC song vault Flatpicking songs there. Here is the link: https://youtube.com/channel/UCB9CEXR7cXSDV3wP8gDQ2lw

    Hope you find this is helpful!

    • Moonhare

      Member
      October 12, 2022 at 12:47 am

      I don’t know if @carnelia found this useful but I did! Thanks for posting. Flatpicking was something I had never tried before TAC so it tends to be the most out of my comfort zone. Now I have a decent route map to try. 🤘😎🎸

    • Carnelia

      Member
      October 17, 2022 at 3:03 pm

      Thank you@Kitman, very helpful! It sounds like you worked flatpicking into your 3-month goals. Will give it a try!

      • Kitman

        Member
        October 17, 2022 at 4:39 pm

        You are welcome @Moonhare and @Carnelia ! I did learn quite a bit, and in particular I learned that the famous Bluegrass flatpickers: number one are super talented, number two put in many many many hours on the guitar and number three must be super human! 😃😎🎸🎶

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