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Masters in Mechanics: Seminars

Long-form lessons on playing technique

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Masters in Mechanics: Interviews

Conversations with musicians & experts

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Pickslanting Primer

Introductory guide to clean and accurate picking

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Code Channels

Lessons and features from our studios


Welcome to Cracking the Code

Cracking the Code transformed the way guitarists learn picking technique. Through discoveries like pickslanting, and our groundbreaking slow-motion interviews with elite players, we revealed playing techniques that had been hiding in plain sight for decades. And our in-depth seminars and lessons made those techniques accessible to everyone.

With a Cracking the Code membership, you'll gain access to one of the most extensive collections of musical technique analysis ever assembled: dozens of hours of interviews and lessons, over a thousand slow-motion musical examples, live broadcasts, our forum, and more.



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Latest News

The Molly Tuttle Interview!

Cracking the Code sits down with the 2017 IBMA Guitarist of the Year


Terry Syrek Interview

Learning to live and play with focal dystonia


Playing Through the Changes - Martin Miller's Music and Improvisation

Up close on how Martin builds improvisational vocabulary


Getting Great Live Interview Audio

A quick behind the scenes of our audio capture and editing process


How to Livestream a Legend: The Michael Angelo Batio 2017 Live Interview

A look at the tools for television-quality internet broadcasting


Recent Live Events

Piano vs. Guitar for Improvisation

Thoughts on our recent discussion with Martin Miller on playing through the changes


Michael Angelo Batio 2017 Interview

A shred icon visits the Cracking the Code studio