Testing Your Motions

Test drive common picking motions with Cracking the Code’s hands-on speed tests!

In this section, we measure your raw joint motion performance on a battery of hands-on tests that don’t require a guitar at all. With nothing more than a flat surface and a few common props, you can try your hand at several common picking motions to see how they work.

These tests provide important baseline information on how well your technique is working. We’ll definitely be looking at your results if you choose to make a Technique Critique.

On each lesson page below, you’ll find a box to enter and save your result. After watching the lesson, be sure to scroll down, type it in, and hit ‘save’!


Chapter 1 - Testing Your Speed

Measure your potential for fast motion with this simple test


Chapter 2 - Testing Van Halen-Style Wrist Motion

Test drive Eddie's famous and super effective wrist motion


Chapter 3 - Testing Di Meola-Style Wrist Motion

Al's wrist approach is one of the most common picking motions of all time


Chapter 4 - Testing Elbow Motion

Fire up the fastest joint in picking technique


Chapter 5 - Testing Forearm Motion

Going for a spin with the rotational joint