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I've amended article to hopefully make it clear that the technique is merely the execution of the well known musical device hemiola with a plectrum. Does the fact someone employed it within a certain musical genre make the person its inventor? I think not. This sort of articulation or picking device has been employed across strings for centuries, see music by 16 century vihuelists and baroque guitar by Gasper Sanz etc. RichardJ Christie 00:23, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

The article currently states that "The essential element of the technique is the use of the musical device hemiola, in this case three pitches are played repeatedly within a four-pulse rhythm." Three against four is not hemiola, however. TheScotch (talk) 08:47, 21 December 2007 (UTC)
I think we should clarify the lead a bit. Crosspicking is not limited to a pattern of three against four, but is rather a technique of performing a 'roll' pattern similar to a Scruggs bluegrass banjo fingerpicking pattern, only with a flatpick. In 4/4 time, the pattern can be triplets, or fours, or sixes or eights, for example. Three-patterns are the most common, but an example of a four-pattern is guitarist Doc Watson's version of Bill Cheatham. Chuckiesdad (talk) 08:12, 28 November 2008 (UTC)

Crossing strings[edit]

Why does every other discussion of crosspicking I've seen mention jumping (crossing) strings, but this article doesn't? I was under the impression that the string crossing was what made the technique significant, at least in bluegrass playing.—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 02:04, Feb 23, 2009

  • Good question - Jesse McReynolds and Doc Watson both use the term 'crosspicking' but I don't think I've seen the etymology in print. Maybe there's an interview with one of these two somewhere that will tell us. What makes the technique significant is getting the sound of a fingerpicked banjo roll using a flatpick. McReyonlds talks about trying to get a Scruggs banjo sound with a flatpick in the interviews cited in this article. On the other hand, Ralph Stanley once used fingerpicks on a mandolin on a recording of 'East Virginia Blues' and sounded a lot like McReynolds. Not sure what to call that, though, maybe fingerpicked mandolin? Chuckiesdad/Talk/Contribs 23:39, 23 February 2009 (UTC)