Pickslanting Primer

The Cracking the Code Pickslanting Primer is our step-by-step guide to the fundamentals of guitar picking technique.

In addition to covering fundamentals like pick grip and picking motion, we’ll also take a detailed look at the techniques of legendary players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Michael Angelo Batio, John McLaughlin, and more.

Getting Started With the Pickslanting Primer

Learn more about the Pickslanting Primer and how to use it!


The Problem With Picking

What makes guitar picking so challenging?


Pick Grip

Getting familiar with the many ways to hold a guitar pick


Picking Motion

An overview of the most common motions used in picking


Downward Pickslanting

Switching strings with the escaped upstroke


Upward Pickslanting

Switching strings with the escaped downstroke


Two-Way Pickslanting

Mixing escape types for three-note-per-string scale playing