Pickslanting Primer

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The Pickslanting Primer is the essential introduction to technical concepts that underlie fast and accurate picking, including breakdowns of the techniques of legendary players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Michael Angelo Batio, and more.

NEW FOR 2019! — The Pickslanting Primer has been updated with new sections on picks, grip, and various picking motions. And stay tuned, we’re continuing to add and improve this product! Buy now and you’ll get future updates at no extra charge.

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The Cracking the Code Pickslanting Primer is the essential introduction to guitar picking technique.

We teach you the technical concepts that underlie fast and accurate picking — and we break down the actual techniques of legendary players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Michael Angelo Batio, and more.

The complete package includes 7+ hours of detailed “how-to” video tutorial chapters, along with over 75 slow-mo video examples with complete tablature in PDF and Guitar Pro formats.

Pick Design And Function

The fascinating topic of how picks work and how to choose one

Pick Grip

Getting familiar with the many ways to hold a guitar pick

Wrist Motion

Mastering the most commonly used joint in picking motion

Forearm Motion

This fascinating joint is an important collaborator in many picking motions

Elbow Motion

The simplest joint in picking technique is also the fastest, and a capable choice as your core motion

Downward Pickslanting

Switching strings with the escaped upstroke, with complete blueprints of Yngwie’s and Eric Johnson’s picking techniques

Upward Pickslanting

Switching strings with the escaped downstroke, key to the legendary accuracy of John McLaughlin’s picking technique

Two-Way Pickslanting

Mixing escape types for three-note-per-string playing, enabling blazing alternate-picked scale playing a la Michael Angelo Batio

For more detail and full chapter listings for the Pickslanting Primer, please browse the platform page. And note that when you buy the download product, you’ll be able to view all the videos and musical examples here on the site, too, for added convenience.

Here's an overview of what's included with the download. For more detail, check out the platform page!

The Problem With Picking

Title
Chapter 1 - The Problem with Picking
Chapter 2 - String Switching
Chapter 3 - What is Stringhopping?
Chapter 4 - What is Pickslanting?
Chapter 5 - Playing by the New Rules
Pickslanting Primer - Getting Started Clips.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Getting Started Clips - Slow.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Getting Started Clips - Tablature - GPX.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Getting Started Clips - Tablature - PDF.zip

Pick Design And Function

Title
Chapter 1 - The Classic 351
Chapter 2 - Edge Picking
Chapter 3 - The Jazz III
Chapter 4 - The Big 346
Chapter 5 - Gauge
Chapter 6 - Angle Of Attack
Chapter 7 - Material And Tone
Chapter 8 - Chirp
Chapter 9 - Abrasion
Chapter 10 - Choosing A Pick

Pick Grip

Title
Chapter 1 - Trigger-Style Grip
Chapter 2 - Pick Point
Chapter 3 - Grip Exposure
Chapter 4 - Thumb Overlap
Chapter 5 - Extended Trigger Grip
Chapter 6 - Angle Pad Grip
Chapter 7 - Trailing Edge Grip
Chapter 8 - Middle and Three-Finger Grip
Chapter 9 - Supporting Fingers
Chapter 10 - Choosing A Grip

Wrist Mechanics

Title
Chapter 1 - Wrist Mechanics Explained
Chapter 2 - The Clock Face Model
Chapter 3 - Clock Face USX
Chapter 4 - Clock Face DSX
Chapter 5 - Clock Face DBX
Chapter 6 - Clock Face Stringhopping

Wrist Motions

Title
Chapter 1 - Upstroke Escape
Chapter 2 - Using More Supination
Chapter 3 - Hands-on With Mike Stern and Albert Lee
Chapter 4 - Downstroke Escape
Chapter 5 - The Pronated Option
Chapter 6 - Setting The Pickslant
Chapter 7 - Starting With Speed

Forearm Motions

Title
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Forearm Motion

Elbow Motions

Title
Chapter 1 - Introduction to Elbow Motion

Yngwie Malmsteen

Title
Chapter 1 - Downward Pickslanting
Chapter 2 - Building Speed with the Six-Note Pattern
Chapter 3 - Switching Strings
Chapter 4 - Changing Direction
Chapter 5 - The Black Star Lick
Chapter 6 - The Volcano Pattern
Chapter 7 - Scalar Sweeping
Chapter 8 - Arpeggios
Pickslanting Primer - Yngwie Style Clips.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Yngwie Style Clips - Slow.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Yngwie Style Clips - Tablature - GPX.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Yngwie Style Clips - Tablature - PDF.zip

Eric Johnson

Title
Chapter 1 - The Five-Note Pattern
Chapter 2 - Pentatonic Sweeping
Chapter 3 - Five Notes Ascending
Chapter 4 - Pentatonic Sixes
Chapter 5 - String Tracking
Chapter 6 - The Straight Pentatonic Scale
Chapter 7 - Classic Fives
Chapter 8 - Pentatonic Pickups
Chapter 9 - Neoclassical Fives
Pickslanting Primer - EJ Style Clips.zip
Pickslanting Primer - EJ Style Clips - Slow.zip
Pickslanting Primer - EJ Style Clips - Tablature - GPX.zip
Pickslanting Primer - EJ Style Clips - Tablature - PDF.zip

Strunz & Farah

Title
Chapter 1 - Ardeshir's Upward Pickslant
Chapter 2 - Ascending Sixes
Chapter 3 - Ascending Eights
Chapter 4 - Rules of Upward Pickslanting
Pickslanting Primer - Strunz and Farah Style Clips.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Strunz and Farah Style Clips - Slow.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Strunz and Farah Style Clips - Tablature - GPX.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Strunz and Farah Style Clips - Tablature - PDF.zip

John McLaughlin

Title
Chapter 1 - The McLaughlin Four-Note Pattern
Chapter 2 - Two-Note-Per-String Patterns
Chapter 3 - John's Upward Pickslant
Pickslanting Primer - John McLaughlin Style Clips.zip
Pickslanting Primer - John McLaughlin Style Clips - Slow.zip
Pickslanting Primer - John McLaughlin Style Clips - Tablature - GPX.zip
Pickslanting Primer - John McLaughlin Style Clips - Tablature - PDF.zip

Michael Angelo Batio

Title
Chapter 1 - Intro
Chapter 2 - Achieving Two-Way Pickslanting
Chapter 3 - Down Up Rotate
Chapter 4 - The Scale Chunk
Chapter 5 - Beyond the Octave
Chapter 6 - The Speed Kills Scale
Chapter 7 - Position-Shifting Scales
Chapter 8 - Circular Scales
Pickslanting Primer - Batio Style Clips.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Batio Style Clips - Slow.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Batio Style Clips - Tablature - GPX.zip
Pickslanting Primer - Batio Style Clips - Tablature - PDF.zip

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