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 Primer

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


Pick Design And Function

The fascinating topic of how picks work and how to choose one


Pick Grip

Getting familiar with the many ways to hold a guitar pick


Picking Motion

An overview of the most important concepts in picking motion


Wrist Motion

Mastering the most commonly used joint in picking motion


Forearm Motion

This fascinating joint is an important collaborator in many picking motions


Elbow Motion

The simplest joint in picking technique is also the fastest, and a capable choice as your core motion


Downward Pickslanting

Switching strings with the escaped upstroke


Upward Pickslanting

Switching strings with the escaped downstroke