Picking Motion Tutorials

Get started with efficient picking motion using these targeted instructions.

One of the most powerful tools for instrument technique learning is speed. If you can do a motion quickly, with minimal feeling of physical strain, then the motion you’re making might very well be worth perfecting through more deliberate practice.

In this section we’ll give you specific instructions for performing a tremolo using the most common efficient picking motions. We’ll also show you how to translate the performance from your joint motion tests directly to the strings using the actual picking motions that those tests are based on.

Introduction To Tremolo

Starting With Tremolo

Establishing basic motion with the simplest phrase in music


Reverse Dart Wrist Motion

Chapter 1 - What Is Reverse Dart Thrower Motion?

An efficiency boost hiding in plain sight


Chapter 2 - Reverse Dart Form

Move ergonomically with this baseline posture


Chapter 3 - Managing The Other Fingers

Two finger options for low fatigue


Chapter 4 - Testing Range Of Motion

Six-string coverage without strain


Chapter 5 - Four Steps To Reverse Dart Motion

Translating your joint motion tests to the strings


Chapter 6 - Smoothing Out The Pick Attack

Grip and form adjustments for maximum smoothness


Chapter 7 - Maximizing Reverse Dart Performance

Tips for 200bpm and beyond


Forearm-Wrist Motion

Chapter 1 - What Is Forearm-Wrist Motion?

The forearm's most common role is a collaboration with the wrist


Chapter 2 - Anchoring, Grip, and Pickslant

Setting up forearm-wrist basic form


Chapter 3 - Performing FW Motion

Achieving coupled forearm-wrist joint motion


Chapter 4 - The Rest Stroke

Recognize this nearly universal feature of USX motion


Chapter 5 - FW Motion Smoothness

Tips for evaluating forearm-wrist performance