Core Techniques

The most fundamental techniques in picking all use a repeated sequence of motions to play notes or chords.

Some of these techniques, like downstrokes, can create sound only once per repetition. Others, like alternate picking and strumming, can play notes using both directions of the motion for greater efficiency. And some common picking motions, even though they move back and forth, are actually not very efficient at all. Let’s take a look at how they work.

Core Techniques

Chapter 1 - Alternate Picking

The most fundamental motion in picking


Chapter 2 - Stringhopping

Not all back-and-forth motions are true alternate picking