Andy Wood Electric Workshop

This was a live event on March 28, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

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Hi Andy! I’m curious how you structure your practice time if you really don’t have much time to practice. Thanks!



HI Andy. Did you hit any dead ends or plateaus that you stuck at for a while (months/years), before finding the missing piece of the jigsaw? I got stuck for (many!) years with inaccurate picking technique until seeing Troy's insight (I'm about the same as as him), wondering if you had any issues or if it's been plain sailing most of the way?



Hey Andy! What string gauge and tuning do you prefer? Do you ever economy/directional pick? Or do you more use Alternate and Crosspicking? Has anyone ever told you that you's a handsome young lad?



hey andy i love the bluegrass style but i cant seem to get into it. could you recommend an album/artist that would be cool for a rock/metal fan like me (my favourite guitarist is paul gilbert) greetings from germany ^^



Do you also feel some thumb and index finger motion?



Hey Andy its Matt Dorado (Civgeek). We talked at the Gardenwalk NAMM week about me just starting Bluegrass. You said there was a live vid you were going to recommend I check out. Putting you on the spot! Do you happen to remember that vid?



Will you help get a magnet on Travis Toy and yourself, LIVE next time? Please give the pedal steel guitar some love.



How do you pick with that wrist angle and still flat pick? Wouldn't that angle cause extreme edge picking? How do you hold your pick, pick placement in fingers, to be able to flat pick with the bent wrist?


Andy's Roll


Angry Paul Tk1


Angry Paul Tk2


Ascending Sixes


Ascending Sixes Positions


Blackberry Blossomesque Tk1


Blackberry Blossomesque TK2


Chicken Tk1


Chicken Tk2


Di Meola Mutes Tk1


Di Meola Mutes Tk2


E String Speedup Tk1


E String Speedup Tk2


G String Speedup Tk1


G String Speedup Tk2


Gilbert Sixes Stages


Gilbert Sixes Warp1


Gilbert Sixes Warp2


Gilbert Sixes Warp3


Gilbert Sixes Warp4


Gilbert Sixes Warp5


Gilbert Sixes Warp6


Harmonic Minor Ascending


Here Comes the Gain Again


Inside Gilberts


Intro Solo


Light String Vowels


Mediterranean Sundance


Mediterranean Sundance Gain


Morse Arpeggios


Outro Solo


Outside Gilbert Speedup


Outside Gilberts


Pentatonic Downstroke Tk1


Pentatonic Downstroke Tk2


Pentatonic Downstroke Tk3


Pentatonic Downstroke Tk4


Pentatonic Downstroke vs Upstroke


Pentatonic Pickup


Pentatonic Pickup Crosspick


Pentatonic Upstroke Tk1


Pentatonic Upstroke Tk2


Pentatonic Upstroke Tk3


Pick It Apart Blues


Scale Ascending


Scale Ascending Crosspick


Scalin' Around


Sixes Both Ways


Tiny Scale Crosspick


Trolley Out Music


Tumeni Triplets


Tumeni Triplets Suspended


Two-String Speed


Vai Vibe


Wood Shred Tk1


Wood Shred Tk2


Come and sit down with the amazing Andy Wood in the Cracking the Code studio as we take an up-close look at his impossibly great electric guitar picking technique.

Andy is a total textbook for wrist “deviation” playing, especially when it comes to upward pickslanting, and what we in Cracking the Code call “primary up” two-way pickslanting. Andy is aware of these movements as a difference in feel that he engages as the phrase requires.

In this broadcast, we try and get to the bottom of these feels in mechanical terms, and understand the arm position and anchoring setup, muting contact points, and choice of string tracking movements Andy uses to make it all work.