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Masters in Mechanics: Seminars

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Pickslanting Primer

Introductory guide to clean and accurate picking

 
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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

Molly Tuttle's Amazing Freightliner Precision

Watching her switch effortlessly between rhythm comping and high-velocity single-note lead lines is like listening to at least two guitarists at once

 

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

 

Upcoming Live Events

Crosspicking with the Wrist

Demystifying a useful and deceptively simple arpeggio playing technique

 

Recent Live Events

Talking the Code with Andy Wood Session 2

Live Q&A session with Andy for Masters in Mechanics and interview purchasers

 

Andy Wood Workshop: Acoustic Technique

A close-up look at Andy's multi-instrumental superpowers

 

Talking the Code with Andy Wood Session 1

Live Q&A session with Andy for Masters in Mechanics and interview purchasers

 

Andy Wood Electric Workshop

Exploring the mechanics of Andy's blazing electric chops

 

Introduction to Picking Motion

An overview of motion mechanics for new and experienced players alike