Picking Style

A picking style is a strategy for choosing which motions to use and when to use them.

At its simplest, your picking technique consists of the motions you know, and your approach for combining them to play different kinds of phrases. But with so many possible motion combinations available, how would you know which ones to go with?

The good news is that there are a handful of basic approaches for choosing and mixing different picking motions, and these simple strategies are consistent across different styles of music and even different picked instruments like guitar and mandolin.

The simplest of all of these strategies, which almost everyone starts with, it to learn just one motion. Let’s take a look at how that works.