Wrist Motion Reference

The wrist is probably the most commonly used joint in picking technique. Thanks to its 360-degree range of motion, it is also the most sophisticated.

The wrist is capable of creating all pickstroke types: single escape, double escape, and trapped. What’s more, it can do this from several different arm positions, effectively reproducing the same picking techniques using entirely different sequences of muscle action. Let’s take a look at how it works.

Dart Thrower Wrist Motions

Chapter 1 - What Is Dart Thrower Wrist Motion?

Speed and endurance through diagonal motion


Chapter 2 - Reverse Dart Thrower Mechanics

The wrist motion of strumming, punk, and metal


Identifying Wrist Motion

Chapter 1 - Identifying Wrist Motion

The most multi-directional joint in picking


Chapter 2 - Identifying Di Meola Wrist Motion

Maybe the most popular picking motion of all time


Chapter 3 - Identifying Stern Wrist Motion

Mike's motion moves sideways, but on a tilt


Chapter 4 - Identifying Gilbert Mixed Escape Wrist Motion

An introduction to mixing escapes with wrist motion


Chapter 5 - Identifying EVH Wrist Motion

The wrist motion family with a unique pick grip


Chapter 6 - Identifying Dart-Thrower Wrist Motion

The wrist motion that rests on the thumb


Wrist Mechanics

Identifying Wrist Motion

The most common joint in picking technique takes many forms


Axes Of Motion

Super versatile motion capability derives from two simple axes


Chapter 1 - Wrist Mechanics Explained

Understanding the wrist's unique multi-axis motion capability


Chapter 2 - The Clock Face Model

Cracking the Code's powerful system for understanding complicated wrist motions


Chapter 3 - Clock Face USX

Understanding the upstroke escape motions of Mike Stern, Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, and Albert Lee


Chapter 4 - Clock Face DSX

Comparing the downstroke escape wrist motions of John McLaughlin, David Grier, and Andy Wood


Chapter 5 - Clock Face DBX

A close-up look at the double escape pickstrokes of Steve Morse, Molly Tuttle, Andy Wood, and David Grier


Chapter 6 - Clock Face Stringhopping

Why is stringhopping wrist motion so inefficient? Let's find out