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