For a long time now, you’ve asked for an easy way to find and read about core Cracking the Code concepts, and we’ve delivered on that with a brand new section of the Pickslanting Primer: the awesome new Picking Motion section.
The Pickslanting Primer is Cracking the Code’s core instructional product for picking motions, and until now we’ve delivered it in a relatively conventional way, through video tutorials and guitar tablature. But we’re taking a big step forward with this new section, assembling all of the most important core concepts in picking motion in a multimedia format that’s only fitting for the type of camera-enabled citizen science that we like to conduct.
The new material includes easy-to-read one-sentence definitions and tons of slow-motion examples from our interviews, like this one illustrating how the amazing Andy Wood combines two different picking motions to play a scale:
You’ll also find a collection of awesome animated diagrams illustrating core picking motions, like this one for upstroke escape or USX motion:
Designed For The Web
If you’re a subscriber or if you already own a copy of the Pickslanting Primer, you can find all this great new stuff right here:
Just keep in mind that the multimedia nature of this section of the Primer, and future sections like it, makes it a web-only affair. There’s just not any way to make a static, downloadable version of this material that would do it any justice at all. Trying to do that would be painful for us anyway, since we’re still adding more pages and video examples as we come up with better ways of communicating these tricky concepts. But never fear, these new pages work great in a browser or on a phone or a tablet, and we use them that way ourselves.
Pay less, Play More
Although the Pickslanting Primer is a product we sell, we made the deliberate choice not to completely paywall these pages. So the pages are readable by everyone, even if you don’t have an account on our site. Many of the video examples still require a subscription or a copy of the Primer to watch, which we think is fair. However, in many cases we’ve extracted key elements of those videos as animated GIFs that will play right in your browser, like this clip of David Grier’s awesome DSX motion:
Are we crazy to put all this out there? We don’t think so. If you stop by our forum you know that we offer advice to everyone in our “Technique Critique” section, whenever we can find the time to do it, paying customer or not. So this is an extension of that philosophy. In fact, many of the pages were designed specifically for those who are new to us and looking for answers, with helpful topics on how to identify different common picking motions:
If this means you’ll show up to “Technique Critique” already well versed in the concepts, you’re going to ask much better questions, and that allows us to give you much better answers.
So for now, just head on over to the Picking Motion section and check it out. If you have any questions, or find anything that we’ve missed, by all means, head over to the forum and comment on the thread linked to this post. We’re excited to make the Primer the best and most comprehensive resource for picking technique that’s ever been created.