Pickslanting Primer

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

Among elite players, pickslanting is probably the most widely used set of techniques for clean and accurate picking. In the Pickslanting Primer, we’ll learn how it works, and take a detailed look at how it’s used by legendary players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Michael Angelo Batio, John McLaughlin, and more.

If you’re a Masters in Mechanics subscriber, or you’ve purchased the Pickslanting Primer, you also have access to our “Introduction to Picking Motion” Broadcast, which covers anatomical basics, common picking motions, and how they work in both downward and upward pickslanting orientations. If you haven’t watched it yet, start here:

Introduction to Picking Motion


Next, let’s dive in to the Primer!

Getting Started


Downward Pickslanting


Upward Pickslanting


Two-Way Pickslanting