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 - The Reverse Dart Pickstroke

Perform the basic motion with these simple steps


Chapter 3 - Reverse Dart Form

Move ergonomically with this baseline posture


Chapter 4 - Managing The Other Fingers

Two finger options for low fatigue


Chapter 5 - Testing Range Of Motion

Six-string coverage without strain


Chapter 6 - Pickslanting For Double Escape

Smoothing out pick attack on electric and acoustic


Chapter 7 - Motion Tests On The Guitar

Reproducing test performance with a guitar in your hands


Chapter 8 - From Tapping To Picking

A detailed closeup of the critical part of the process


Chapter 9 - Tall Mouse Speed

Achieve extreme metal speed with the fastest reverse dart technique


Chapter 10 - Improving Wrist Speed

Reaching higher speed through motion consistency


Chapter 11 - Improving Wrist Endurance

Dealing with unwanted tension


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 - Muting

Damping all six strings is a key capability of forearm-wrist form


Chapter 6 - The Tracking Mystery

Flextension tracking can cover all six strings without moving your arm


Chapter 7 - Flexed Form

A gentle slouch enables a powerful variant of forearm-wrist motion


Chapter 8 - Noise Control

Killing the noise without palm muting!


Chapter 9 - FW Motion Smoothness

Tips for evaluating forearm-wrist performance


Forearm Motion

Chapter 1 - Forearm Rotation

Eddie's famous tremolo motion is also great for synchronized playing