Wrist Motion

The wrist is probably the most commonly used joint in picking technique. Thanks to its 360-degree range of motion, it is capable of creating all pickstroke types: single escape, double escape, and trapped.

The wrist is also frequently used in combination with other joints, like the elbow and the forearm, to create motion paths that neither the wrist or any of these joints can create individually. For example, wrist-forearm combinations are common in musical styles like bluegrass, where the elbow is often used for projection on acoustic instruments, but can’t generate the double escape picking motion needed for classic bluegrass technique like the forward roll.

Reverse Dart Thrower Wrist Motion

What Is Reverse Dart Thrower Motion?

An efficiency boost hiding in plain sight


Reverse Dart Form

Move ergonomically with this baseline posture


Managing The Other Fingers

Two grip options for low fatigue


Testing Range Of Motion

Six-string coverage without strain


Testing Trapped Motion

Strumming and sweeping as a motion diagnostic


Testing Escape Motions

Verifying efficiency on both sides of the joint


The RDT Motion Family

Multiple picking motions from a unified posture


Adding A Pick

Forearm and grip strategies for connecting to the string


Adjusting Pick Attack

Selecting pick point for optimal smoothness


Following The Wrist Motion Path

Move back and forth, not (necessarily!) up and down


RDT Motion Variations

Three different forms for accessing RDT motions


Maximizing RDT Efficiency

Getting the most from reverse dart thrower motion


Wrist Motion Comfort

Diagnosing fatigue and tension


Tapping Speed

Unlocking 200bpm+ speeds


Reverse Dart Wrist Picking Styles

The Double Escape Picking Style

Mixing downstroke and upstroke string changes from a centralized form


The Downward Pickslanting Style

Upstroke escape alternate picking meets downstroke sweeping


The Upward Pickslanting Style

DSX alternate picking meets upstroke sweeping


Two-Way Pickslanting vs Double Escape