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Moving Fast, Moving Forward

Wrapping Up Season One — and More to Come

By April 2, 2014 February 3rd, 2017 News

Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday — or at least just last decade — that Cracking the Code first seeped into your consciousness, blazing riffs and whispers of picking secrets crackling across your computer screen and through your speakers? Well, with Episode 8: “Fast Forward”, we’ve hit our first big milestone and wrapped up Season 1. There’s much yet to come, but we’re proud to close the first folio of this journey and get down to business on the next steps.

A Finale to Remember

In which Yngwie holds the holy grail. In which the humble VHS tape, from bootlegged concert footage to instructional video, starts to unlock the mystery. In which years of study and struggle begin to pay off. In which neurons fire at an accelerating rate. In which edge picking, single strings, and chunking all come together to shed the first rays of light on a heretofore intractable problem…

Episode 8 brings to a close the early years, those of uncertainty, occasional breakthrough, and the long march toward guitar competency. Season 1 has laid the groundwork of the problem, and the solutions are coming soon, in our more technically-focused second season — available for preorder now. Find out more on the Season 2 page.

Rock Concert Regenesis

Behind the Scenes: Rock Concert RegenesisA behind the scenes feature looking at how we recreate the high-energy atmosphere of a crowded rock concert on a low budget using motion graphics animation.

In it, we explore many aspects of our world-building and scene creation process — from cameras to replicators to lighting — that influence the emotional resonance and excitement of an animation.

Watch the video and read the full post here.

Envisioning the Arpeggio Mystery

Behind the Scenes: Envisioning the Arpeggio MysteryA behind the scenes feature discussing the process of conceptualizing a world to fit a technical discussion of the difficulties in decoding Yngwie’s complex arpeggio-based solos.

This feature is a journey through the visual inspiration of a scene, from German expressionism to Holmesian homage; and it also investigates the technical details of some particular Motion tricks used to make the “Arpeggio Mystery” animation work.

Watch the video and read the full post here.

Oh, and One More Thing…

Something fast (and slow) this way comes. Stay tuned!


  • Justin Armstrong says:

    I’ve waited so long, I can’t quite believe the “code” is about to be revealed. It’s a bit surreal, but I’m excited.

  • Mitch says:

    Came across your website on the crossroads Video. Can you tell me in short what you offer in terms of lessons? not personal ones but online via your site and the cost?
    ive been playing for about 35 years, and im stuck on right hand / left hand co-ordinations. picking hand seems so slow compared to the fretting hand. This is only in relation to fast playing scales, of course…
    i play for myself, my axers are EVH, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Rush, Living Color , few others…

    Let me know what you can do , or direct me to your websites “start here page” LOL

    • Troy Grady says:

      Hi Mitch! Thanks for the note and sorry for the delay — I didn’t see this until just now. As far as paid content, the show is pretty our main focus. We’re working on Season 2 which is going to be the most in-depth investigation of picking technique anyone’s ever done. It’s where all the in-depth puzzle solving regarding ’80s-style three-note-per-string scale playing (and more) is going to happen, and we’re super excited to get it out there. At the moment, we’re prepping details on a Kickstarter project for this part of the show, and if you stay tuned to the mailing list, you’ll be hearing more about this shortly. Thanks for watching!

  • David says:

    Hi Troy. I’m loving the series. I was just wondering one thing though. Where does left hand finger independence come into the equation? I seem to have more trouble with the left hand keeping up with the right hand, particularly with patterns that involve ascending from ring finger to pinky. Do trill exercises really work or is true finger independence impossible? Will these issues be addressed in future episodes?


    • Troy Grady says:

      Hi David!

      In common practice, such a small set of shapes (whole-half, half-whole, whole-whole, and 4nps chromatic) accounts for such a large percentage of the real-life playing situations you’d ever encounter — even in jazz — that I tend not to think about ‘indepdendence’ per se, outside of simply being comfortable with those basic shapes. But if there’s a particular pattern that trips you up in your playing, then it may be worth composing an etude or cool lick that highlights it. I don’t see why trill-style exercises wouldn’t work in that respect. But if I have to play something that targeted, I’m almost always trying to write something that I might actually be able to use in a song or solo, as opposed to something academic intended only for mechanical practice. There just aren’t enough hours in the day otherwise.

      On the other hand if by “keeping up with the right hand” you mean synchronization, that’s a chunking issue. Writing something in even-numbered note groupings that repeats on the same pickstroke, and that lining that landmark pickstroke up with downbeats, is the easiest way to get a handle on hand sync.

      Thanks for watching!

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