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What’s the best way to learn more about picking technique?

We have a ton of material, and want to help give you a solid starting point. While there’s no one-size-fits-all path through it — a lot depends on your musical interests, current technique, and more — we’ve learned a lot about what works best if you’re just getting started.

First, there are a few things we recommend everyone start with. This includes watching our Introduction to Picking Motion broadcast, experimenting with a variety of motions, and spending some time practicing one that feels comfortable. At the very least, you should carefully read through the first section linked below and spend a week or two practicing before posting video to the forum for feedback.

We’ve also put together three more detailed “getting started” road maps for a few common musical applications: rock, jazz, and bluegrass. Though there are broad correlations between techniques and musical genres, these correlations are general at best. No matter what type of music you play, there are always a variety of techniques that can work for you. If you’re not sure which of these three to start with, you may find it useful to take a look at all three.

Let’s get started!

Establishing Your Picking Motion

An overview of common methods for generating picking motion



Level up your pickslanting chops


Jazz / Fusion

Hone your economy picking and improvisation



Get started with crosspicking mechanics


Technique Critique

How to record and share video for feedback