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 many colors of downward pickslanting

The Code Archive

Unlocking an instructional and inspirational treasure trove

Unplugged and Overcranked

Going Acoustic at 120 Frames Per Second


You'll believe a hand can fly.

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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Down Around the World

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Bruce Lee’s famous exhortation to be like water may just as well have been directed at guitar players. The first of Season 2′s revelations, downward pickslanting, is shapeless and formless….


Talking the Code: Season 2, Episode 1

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Join us for our first-ever Talking the Code discussion — a live webcast where we’ll discuss the latest episode, play additional examples, and take viewer questions to help you break…


Season 2 Arrives!

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Cracking the Code, Season 2 8 episodes and 2+ hours of groundbreaking technical insight. The Season Pass gets you: Ad-free, HD downloads of all 8 episodes Tablature from our episodes…

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Unplugged and Overcranked

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The design of our smartphone camera mount has taken a quantum leap of sophistication in its most recent iteration. In fact, it has matured to such an extent that we’ve…