Motion Mechanics

A motion mechanic is the joint or combination of joints you use to generate the picking motion itself.

Despite the seemingly endless variety of ways you can physically move a pick, the most common approaches actually fall into a few simple categories. In this section, we’ll take an in-depth look at how these important joints function. We’ll also provide some tips for learning to recognize them when you’re using them. This isn’t as simple as you might think!


Chapter 1 - Identifying Wrist Motion

The most commonly used joint in picking technique


Chapter 2 - Identifying Elbow Motion

This simple, fast joint is deceptively capable


Chapter 3 - Identifying Forearm Motion

Understanding this versatile rotational joint


Chapter 4 - Identifying Finger Joint Motion

These fine motor joints are prime movers and frequent collaborators