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.

Lesson

Getting Started With the Primer

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

 

The Problem With Picking

What makes guitar picking so challenging?

 

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

 

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

 

Two-Way Pickslanting

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