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Brendan Schlagel

Free live workshop with Teemu Mäntysaari

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Teemu is in town — wrapping up Wintersun’s Fall 2018 North American tour this Sunday at Irving Plaza in NYC (tickets here if you’re in the area!)

And on Monday, we’re hosting him at the Cracking the Code Studio for a live workshop and Q&A session.

Who is Teemu?

Teemu is the lead guitarist of Finnish power metal band Wintersun. He’s well versed in weaving punishing rhythms and intricate dual-lead flights of fantasy into epic power metal soundscapes.

Our interview with Teemu is one of our most watched ever, and for good reason — Teemu is a rare combination of ferocious player and masterful teacher. Specifically, he’s watched a lot of our stuff, and has extensive experience teaching pickslanting mechanics to guitarists of all levels.

Here’s a good clip of his scary arpeggio playing:

Event Details

We’re excited to catch up with Teemu and talk technique, teaching, and more. And we look forward to taking some viewer questions!

The event is free for everyone to watch, and will be live on YouTube.

If you have an account on the Cracking the Code Platform, you can tune in via our Live Studio and submit questions for Teemu once the event starts.

We’ll get an edited version uploaded to the site later, with clips and tablature for Masters in Mechanics members.

Tune in to watch the event live: Monday, Oct. 15th at 4pm ET / 8pm UTC

Free live broadcast with Mika Tyyskä aka Mr. Fastfinger

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Live broadcast with Mika Tyyskä!

Tuesday, August 21 — 2pm ET / 6pm UTC

Mark your calendar! We’ll be on air with Mika tomorrow afternoon, talking music and technique and answering viewer questions live.

It’s a free broadcast, and we’ll be streaming to YouTube — but to submit questions, you’ll need to log in to the Cracking the Code Platform and head to our Live Studio. Read More

Saturday, March 4, 1pm EST: Live Cracking the Code Broadcast with Michael Angelo Batio!

By | Events | 3 Comments

We’ve got a special event this weekend: a live video interview with Michael Angelo Batio!

For months we’ve been working on improving our live streaming video setup. We’d like to be able to host more interviews in-house and even livestream some of them, in the highest possible quality. Technology has come a long way in the last few years, and we’ve now got an incredible, broadcast quality setup.

So, how are we going to test drive this thing? We’re excited to report that none other than Michael Angelo Batio will be stopping by our Brooklyn studio this Saturday at 1pm EST to give our new live broadcast rig a spin.

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Pickslanting Primer Giveaway

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We’re giving away 10 free copies of the Cracking the Code Pickslanting Primer!

To enter, just drop off your email below. We’ll be picking 10 viewers at random, and will send a notification to the winners next week. Whether you win or lose (and in our eyes, everyone’s a winner) we’d like to thank you for watching Cracking the Code.

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Strunz & Farah — Free Tablature Download!

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It’s time for a free download from the Strunz & Farah Interview!

Jorge and Ardeshir composed an awesome intro jam specifically for their Masters in Mechanics interview. We’ve put together a video performance of the tune, along with a complete dual guitar transcription in Guitar Pro, into a download pack just for Cracking the Code viewers. Read More

What's Your Pick Grip? Take the Poll!

By | Polls | 29 Comments

Welcome to another Cracking the Code Poll, where you get to help us get a handle on picking technique, and view the results as they roll in. In this one, we’re asking about pick grip. In other words, we’d like to know how you hold the pick, and also what your setup is for the other fingers that are not directly involved in the grip itself. Read More

What's Your Maximum Picking Speed? Take the Poll!

By | Polls | 15 Comments

Just what is “average” picking speed? It’s such a simple question, you’d think the answer would be common knowledge. And while each of us probably has a subjective sense of when things sound “fast” to us, the fact remains that the concept of what the average player should be capable of isn’t well defined. So let’s try and find out! Let’s take a poll. Read More