Season 2, Episode 3 arrives!

Explore the ethereal genius of Eric Johnson

Happy New Year From Cracking the Code!

A collection of New Year's freebies for our viewers

Introducing the Magnet!

The best smartphone camera mount for guitar players hits Kickstarter

Season 2, Episode 2 Heats Up!

Yngwie's Volcanic Combination of Alternate Picking and Sweeping

Headless in the Saddle

Cracking the Code takes on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Introducing: Masters in Mechanics Antigravity

A quantum leap in the understanding of picking technique

Masters in Mechanics

A fantastic voyage across the universe of guitar picking technique

Season 2 Goes Live!

Watch the premiere episode, "Get Down for the Upstroke" and learn more about the secrets of Yngwie's picking technique

Introducing: Cracking the Code Season 2

Learn more about Season 2 in this exciting overview

Down Around the World

An introduction to the universal power of downward pickslanting

The Code Archive

Unlocking an instructional and inspirational treasure trove


The science behind the speed.

Cracking the Code is a groundbreaking documentary series that explores the puzzle of virtuoso guitar picking. The show’s three seasons chart thousands of hours of research, across nearly three decades, in pursuit of an elusive formula for plectrum dominion. Melding archival footage, in-depth interviews, painstakingly crafted animation, and custom soundtrack, it’s a pop-science investigation of an age-old mystery: Why are some players seemingly super-powered?

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Season 2 Arrives!

The premiere episode of Season 2 unlocks the box of advanced technique with a startling breakthrough in replicating Yngwie’s legendary ability.

Join us for an incredible 8-episode journey through the techniques of legends like Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Shawn Lane, Michael Angelo Batio, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, and more.

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Season 2, Episode 3 is Here!

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Cracking the Code, Season 2, Episode 3 is here! “Eric the Right” explores the ethereal soundscapes of Eric Johnson. We look at his unique interpretation of the downward pickslanting system,…


Masters in Mechanics: Inside the Volcano Digital

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February’s Masters in Mechanics seminar is here! Inside the Volcano is the ultimate investigation of the Yngwie Malmsteen picking technique — and the ultimate introduction to downward pickslanting. In the…

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The DIY Magnet

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We wanted to update you on the Magnet and the Kickstarter campaign we ran at the end of last year. We didn’t reach our Kickstarter funding goal for the Magnet,…

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Happy New Year from Cracking the Code!

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Thanks for an awesome 2014! We’ve hit quite a few milestones in the past year that we’re proud of: Gained 15,000 subscribers to our YouTube channel… …and 1.2 million views…