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What’s the best way to start learning more about picking technique? We have an extensive library of material, organized into a few main sections. Here’s a quick run-through of what you’ll find in each.

START HERE > Introduction to Picking Motion

In this session, we take a practical look at common picking motions: wrist, elbow, and forearm. We look at how these movements work in both downward and upward pickslanting orientations, and examine their anchoring and muting approaches and interaction with common pick grips. We also cover the anatomical basics of arm and wrist movement, and how to identify basic categories of picking and pickslanting movements.

Pickslanting Primer

Our introductory guide covering the essentials of picking technique: downward, upward, and two-way pickslanting. The material in the Primer is drawn from our longer seminars — same concepts, but a more concise subset. After watching our “Intro to Picking Motion” video, this is the next thing we recommend watching if you’re new to pickslanting.


Our three flagship seminars, Volcano, Cascade, and Antigravity, are in-depth explorations of picking technique as it applies to the specific styles of players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, John McLaughlin, and Michael Angelo Batio. They’re also great ways to learn the fundamentals of pickslanting. Volcano and Cascade cover downward pickslanting. Antigravity covers two-way pickslanting in more detail than the Pickslanting Primer, so head there next if you’d like to know more.


Conversations with world-class musicians, including extensive slow-motion examples in Soundslice. You’ll also find interviews with researchers on topics ranging from learning and practice to Gypsy jazz musicology. If you came here for technique, and have already scanned the Pickslanting Primer, try the Teemu Mäntysaari interview – he has some excellent advice for learning pickslanting.


Lessons and features from the Cracking the Code studios — everything from single-topic tutorials, to gear investigations, to live features, to the original Cracking the Code narrative series. This also is where our live “Talking the Code” help sessions and tutorials are archived, like the “Intro to Picking Motion” session linked above.

That concludes our brief introduction! Let us know if you have further questions and we’ll be happy to help you out.

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