The Code Archive

Unlocking an instructional and inspirational treasure trove

Unplugged and Overcranked

Going Acoustic at 120 Frames Per Second

The Code Archive

Up close and personal with the world's greatest picking techniques

Moving Fast, Moving Forward!

Wrapping Up Season One — and More to Come

Behind the Scenes: Rock Concert Regenesis

Building Fantastical Spaces with Motion Graphics

Behind the Scenes:
Envisioning the Arpeggio Mystery

Steve Vai:
The Crossroads Intimidation Breakdown

Cracking the Code

Across three seasons, and more than five hours of in-depth historical and mechanical analysis, the puzzle of plectrum dominance is expounded, unraveled, and finally mastered.


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 1 Streams Free Online

Stream Season 1, Episode 8: “Fast Forward” now — or buy a Season Pass and own all 8 episodes of Season 1 in HD.

Check out the rest of the episodes on the Season 1 page, and learn more about all three seasons of Cracking the Code on the Show page.

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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…

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The Code Crescendo

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Word of the Code has been ricocheting around the Internet, from Facebook to forums to sites like Guitar Noize. We love reading your comments and emails, and following the discussion…


Building the Much-Stang

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I sold mens suits in high school. Compared to the stockroom at the dollar store, the clothing business offered a far lower risk of maiming my fretting hand with a…


Cracking the Code of Kong

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In Season 1 of Cracking the Code, classic video games frequently serve as analogical springboards for discussing the challenges of high-speed guitar playing. Centipede becomes a demonstration of three-note groupings…