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Win a Masters in Mechanics Seminar, Courtesy of Cracking the Code

By October 31, 2014 February 3rd, 2017 codenews, News

Contest registration is now closed! Thanks so much for the interest everyone. We’ll be announcing winners this week.

It’s that time of year! And in honor of this season of gluttony and hedonism, Cracking the Code is giving away — not one — but two Masters in Mechanics seminars.

Antigravity and Inside the Volcano deliver over 5 hours of our pioneering investigation of picking technique. Even more fun than egging your neighbor’s house!

Inside the Volcano is a deep examination of Yngwie’s picking strategy. We completely deconstruct his integrated technique, with its ingenious and powerful combination of sweeping and alternate picking. Antigravity opens up a world of upward pickslanting, two-way pickslanting, and three-note-per-string scale playing. We perform a complete analysis of the Batio/Gilbert style of alternate picking, and take a trip through the storied picking techniques of Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, and more.

Both seminars also include a course packet filled with examples of painstakingly played, filmed, and transcribed licks that you can download and use forever.

HOW SWEDE IT IS: The Season 2 Intro Solo applies Yngwie-style mechanics to a scalar and arpeggiated excursion.

For a chance to win, just enter your email address in the box at the top of this post. Note that you must enter by midnight this Sunday night (Nov. 2). We’ll notify the two winners early next week.

As part of the bargain, we’ll also be adding you to our mailing list. But don’t worry, we put a tremendous amount of time and thought into everything we produce, and only send out one or two high-quality mailers per month.

As a thank-you for signing up, we’ll be sending you a free download of slow-motion video and tablature for our awesome Season 2 Intro Solo. If you’re coming from YouTube and just now finding our website — we post a lot of cool content to our blog, and the mailing list is the best way to find out about all our new material.


  • Matheus says:

    Amazing!! Thanks guys!

  • Chris Cihon says:

    Your in depth look at the Yngwie technique has just blown me away… I never be so excited about a lesson in all my life! Keep up the great work Troy! Peace!

  • Chris says:

    Fantastic work Troy and team!
    I think it would be great to see a few guitarists who work within – and out – of The Code. In particular I would LOVE to see some of your great camera work with some tone merchants such as John Scofield and Bill Frisell. Stochelo Rosenberg and Birelli Lagrene would be fantastic to see as well as someone from the blues-rock genre – John Mayer would be my pick. (pun intended)

    • James Stirzaker says:

      Yes! I would be very interested in seeing Stochelo Rosenberg under the microscope. Unlike Johnson and Malmsteen, it doesn’t seem necessary for him to alter his left hand
      fingering or use pull-offs to achieve warp speeds with downward pick-slanting. The Jazz Manouche style strictly employs down strokes when changing strings which is fine for ascending runs but counter intuitive for uneven descending passages & descending arpeggios. It seems extremely inefficient and yet the the speed some of these guys reach boggles the mind.

      • Troy Grady says:

        Hi Guys! The gypsies are amazing. I’ve interviewed Stephane Wrembel, and you can watch a clip of that on the Season 3 page. The vast majority of the time, they switch strings after upstrokes, not downstrokes. Their fretboard shapes are specifically engineered to work this way, and this is what accounts for the preponderance of two- and four note-per-string fingerings in their vocabulary — exactly like Eric and Yngwie. When ascending, downstroke string changes work out fine via sweeping, again as we’d expect in the Eric / Yngwie system. The one departure from this, which you’re correct in pointing out, is the descending downstroke string change. This is essentially inefficient, as it requires two discrete downstrokes in a row, and that’s why you’ll see this only intermittently. For an example of what this looks like under the camera at high speed, you can check out the “Skip Fives” chapter from Cascade, which we’ve recently posted to the YouTube Channel. This is a double-downstroke rest stroke technique which does not utilize sweeping, just rapid downstrokes at speed. It is indeed possible to get this going, and requires the wrist looseness that is the Gypsy hallmark.

  • harryd says:

    I discovered your site about 4-6 weeks ago coincidentally shortly after I started intensively working on my picking technique. I can’t say enough about how awesome this stuff is…

  • Tom Ohlsson says:

    Hey there mr crazy-guitarman youre vidoes is the best lessons i have ever seen! Ceep upp the good work // Tom from sweden

  • Stefan Vass says:

    Yeah, I would be curious about the ostinato as well

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