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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

Unplugged and Overcranked

Going Acoustic at 120 Frames Per Second


So much for nature nurture.

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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Trick or Teach! Halloween Giveaway

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Enter the “Trick or Teach” Masters in Mechanics giveaway! Sign up now for a chance to win: Contest registration is now closed! Thanks so much for the interest everyone. We’ll…

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Season 2, Episode 2 Heats Up!

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Cracking the Code Season 2 heats up with Yngwie’s positively volcanic combination of right-hand techniques. Episode 2, Inside the Volcano, completes Yngwie’s right-hand strategy with a critical catalyst of his…

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Headless in the Saddle

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The only thing more terrifying than being chased by a guy with no head is doing justice to an American icon in animated form. So when author and historian Betsy…

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Introducing: Masters in Mechanics Antigravity!

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Today we’re proudly launching the second Masters in Mechanics seminar! It’s called Antigravity. And it’s all about breaking the rules. Season 2 Pass holder? Take $10 off, on us! Reimagining…