Downward Pickslanting: Further Resources
Yngwie Lesson: Get Down for the Upstroke
In “Get Down for the Upstroke”, the first lesson in our two-part analysis of Yngwie Malmsteen’s picking technique, we decipher the DWPS-driven power of Yngwie’s alternate picking approach.
In our second Yngwie lesson, Inside the Volcano, we explore Yngwie’s ingenious system for integrating alternate picking and sweeping with downward pickslanting.
What is Pickslanting?
Pickslanting — upward, downward, two-way! — is one of the most fundamental mechanics for picking mastery.
This video, from our “DWPS Pack”, provides a concise introduction to the concept. For more, check out the Cracking the Code Pickslanting Primer.
Blog Post: Down Around the World
Guitar World Lesson: Eric Johnson’s Pickslanting Pentatonics
This lesson examines the foundational skill of Johnson’s lead style — his ability to play two-note-per-string passages at high speed — through the mechanical lens of the downward pickslanting system.