John Petrucci - pickslanting?


I guess I am prepared to spend more on the magnet that most people :smiley: because as I see it you buy it only once in your life time and it can really help you make your study on technique more efficient by identifying your issues.

I will make that video with exercises using DWPS and UWPS at some point and post it.


Man that is very impressive, but can you play Smoke on the Water? :smiley:

On my side I only have a practice video I made in August, I think I kind of played the whole thing with brute force… it’s full of mistakes of various nature so apologies in advance :sweat_smile:

I’m still working on it and these days I can’t play that fast for some reason. Actually I accept advice on effective ways to practice this lick (e.g. how do people divide it in chunks for practice, how to balance speed VS accuracy practice etc.)

EDIT: since Google Drive doesn’t work I ended up using youtube unlisted videos as suggested. I’m only including one video now as I re-watched the second one and cringed! hehehe


@tommo i can’t see your videos my friend.


Sorry I’m not sure why Google Drive video embeds aren’t working, haven’t tried before! You might try YouTube videos (unlisted) as I know those work correctly. But can look into this too, would be nice if these worked too!


Hmmm seems embeds from Google Drive may just not be supported on Discourse (only thing I found on the topic on their “meta” forum here).

I think unlisted YouTube video is the best bet for embedding. I believe any other video hosting sites like Vimeo should work as well.


@Brendan, @aliendough, thanks for letting me know, perhaps the gods of the internet were trying to tell me that I shouldn’t share this stuff :smiley: There’s some pretty epic failed pinch harmonics, wrong notes & lack of vibrato in there… But I’m here to learn I guess :sunglasses:



Man that is very impressive, but can you play Smoke on the Water?

…dude wait to see the solo below, that’s the real shit. Have you ever heard about Lil Wayne??? I am not sure whether he is using DWPS or UWPS cause the camera angle is not very good, but it is quite impressive. Anchoring below the guitar! No need for string tracking! Picking without moving forearm or wrist at all… Maybe this is a new technique that Cracking the Code haven’t heard about yet. It would be nice to bring him in for a masters in mechanics interview :stuck_out_tongue: hahahaha

also check out this:




That solo is consisted of a lot of different kind of licks. And you must be proficient at each one of them to be able to play it cleanly. Create your own exercices from it, categorise them into groups (e.g. DWPS, TWPS, Swipe) and mix them with similar material from cracking the code. I would recommend doing some systematic and consistent practise on those and revisit the solo after 2-4 months and I bet you will see great improvement.

For example, from the lick I played you can create an exercise where you play only the first 10 notes in repetition (D-G strings). Then try them on thinner strings (B-E), then on thicker strings (E-A). On E-A strings you can also try to palm mute the notes, for me this seems to be a different exercise. After that create a longer exercise, again only on D and G string with 5 notes per string and try to shift to lower positions every 40 notes. Shift to actual positions used by the lick. You can try that exercise starting with downstroke and then trying with upstroke. Then find similar two string exercises from cracking the code e.g. with 3 notes per string. See what works better for you (swipe or TWPS) and focus more on that. Spend less time at speeds you are comfortable and more time on speeds you are uncomfortable. I pass speeds that I am comfortable with less pausing between the takes. If you can’t play the whole lick in higher speeds, try to push the envelope and play 20 notes and pause or 40 notes and pause. In the mean time you can keep watching Troy’s videos. They contain a lot of “secrets” that helped me make my study more efficient.

Hope this helps.


It’s great to hear that Cracking the Code team reached out to John… it’s a shame that it didn’t result in sitting down together but there’s always hope for the future. It’ll be a great day if it ever happens as he really is one of the masters at this, and pretty much alternate picks everything and can play insanely fast.

I haven’t had the time yet to fully absorb all the replies but it seems you guys already have a really good grip on it, and this topic is a good resource in terms of terms of being an alternate to learn a lot from.

Other guys where it’d be great to have on… would be Eric Johnson… pretty much all of the guys mentioned during any of the videos it’d be great… but Petrucci is probably that one guy where personally… I’d be hoping for the most.

An underrated picker, someone different to have on would actually be James Hetfield and he isn’t even a lead player. On the surface of it, it seems obsurd but in terms of downpicking rhythms he is probably the biggest pioneer and master of it. The Master of Puppets and Justice era… there’s a lot of complex stuff going on there… there is a lot of nuances… and the tabs and tab books are always wrong. It wouldn’t need to be a 6 hour seminar but it’d be great to see an interview one day.