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Masters in Mechanics: Seminars

Long-form lessons on playing technique

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Masters in Mechanics: Interviews

Conversations with musicians & experts

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Pickslanting Primer

Introductory guide to clean and accurate picking

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Code Channels

Lessons and features from our studios


Welcome to Cracking the Code

Cracking the Code transformed the way guitarists learn picking technique. Through discoveries like pickslanting, and our groundbreaking slow-motion interviews with elite players, we revealed playing techniques that had been hiding in plain sight for decades. And our in-depth seminars and lessons made those techniques accessible to everyone.

With a Cracking the Code membership, you'll gain access to one of the most extensive collections of musical technique analysis ever assembled: dozens of hours of interviews and lessons, over a thousand slow-motion musical examples, live broadcasts, our forum, and more.



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Latest News

The Andy Wood Acoustic Interview is here!

Round two of Andy Wood's multi-instrumental magic


Interviews on Deck: Frank Gambale and Brendon Small

We're headed to LA for interviews with two awesome players


The Mike Stern Interview is Here!

A giant of modern jazz shares a wealth of improvisational inspiration


Mike Stern on Embracing What You Can't Do

Words of wisdom from a jazz master


The Molly Tuttle Interview!

Cracking the Code sits down with the 2017 IBMA Guitarist of the Year


Recent Live Events

Talking the Code: Introduction to Picking Motion

An overview of motion mechanics for new and experienced players alike


Piano vs. Guitar for Improvisation

Thoughts on our recent discussion with Martin Miller on playing through the changes


Michael Angelo Batio 2017 Interview

A shred icon visits the Cracking the Code studio