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.

Wrist Mechanics

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


Wrist Motion Tutorials

Chapter 1 - Upstroke Escape

Learn the picking motion used by Eric Johnson, Mike Stern, Albert Lee, so many others


Wrist Motion Checklist

A comprehensive checklist for wrist motion form


Chapter 2 - Using More Supination

Speed up the learning process by trying different grips and forearm positions


Chapter 3 - Hands-on With Mike Stern and Albert Lee

Comparing the upstroke escape "downward pickslanting" motions of two masters


Chapter 4 - Downstroke Escape

The wrist motion used by John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Andy Wood is one of the most common motions in picking


Chapter 5 - The Pronated Option

This counterpart form of the downstroke escape is used by great alternate pickers and sweepers alike


Chapter 6 - Setting The Pickslant

Matching the pickslant to the motion for the smoothest attack


Chapter 7 - Starting With Speed

The best way to get started with a new motion is to try it fast