Season 2: The quest for guitar superpowers takes flight.

Cracking the Code is a groundbreaking documentary series that solves the puzzle of virtuoso guitar picking.

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?

The surprising answer is that the world’s top guitarists rely on a system of highly efficient, highly precise, and yet nearly subconscious mechanical techniques. In Season 2, we’ll discover the most ingenious and critical of these techniques: pickslanting. And along the way, we’ll elaborate a fascinating solution to the enduring challenge of accurate picking.

Join us for an incredible 8-episode journey of mechanical discovery, as we follow the common thread connecting legends like Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Johnson, Shawn Lane, Michael Angelo Batio, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, and more.

Season 1

Season 1 of Cracking the Code recounts the story of virtuoso guitar amid the unprecedented flowering of technique in the ’80s, and sets out the core technical challenges of the instrument.  Read More…

Season 2

Season 2 of Cracking the Code is a technical detective story of unprecedented scope — the most incisive investigation of picking mechanics ever put to video.  Read More…

Season 3

Season 3 of Cracking the Code is an interview series with legendary players captured in high-speed video — a remarkable real-world look at Season 2 techniques in action.  Read More…

Code Archive

The Code Archive is the most unique collection of high-speed analytical guitar footage ever assembled, and represents a rare opportunity to study world-class technique in action.  Read More…