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Brendan Schlagel

Masters in Mechanics: The Jimmy Bruno Interview

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In this intimate chat with the amazing Jimmy Bruno, we explore the intricate two-way pickslanting and two-way sweeping mechanics that power his masterful bop excursions.

In the conversation, Jimmy dives into his seemingly endless reservoir of creativity and produces a veritable rainbow of harmonic ideas: dominant, diminished, augmented, altered, suspended and more. Download includes the one-hour conversation and over 60 slow-motion clips with tablature.

Our latest Masters in Mechanics release features over two hours of incredible investigation:

  • One-hour in-depth interview
  • Addition hour-long performance of Jimmy Live at the Iridium
  • 65 slow-motion examples with tablature
  • An analysis video on Jimmy’s pickslanting mechanics

Masters in Mechanics: The Carl Miner Interview

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Take a journey into the world of bluegrass flatpick virtuosity in this Masters in Mechanics double feature!

This month we’re taking you on a trip to Winfield Kansas for the 2007 National Guitar Flat Pick Championships. Bluegrass is a unique world where mechanical standards, competition, and creativity work together to produce amazing players like Carl Miner. Carl won the whole thing as a teen, and placed second twice, including the year we interviewed him.

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Masters in Mechanics: The Steve Morse Interview

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Cracking the Morse Code!

Steve Morse’s mind-boggling chops and peerless creativity have garnered him historical renown and captured the imagination of a generation of players.

His one-note-per-string alternate picking technique is one of the most magical in all of rock guitar. But behind the technique lies an amazing mechanical solution. In this interview, we not only witness the magic — we discover how it actually works.

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Introducing the Cracking the Code T-Shirt!

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This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and we’ve finally figured out a great way to do it! We’re working with Printful, an on-demand printing company with awesome ecommerce integration.

Three styles to choose from, one classic Code logo!

Three styles to choose from, one rocking Cracking the Code logo!

We have three styles to choose from. They each incorporate the awesome Code logo — the ultimate evocation of mechanical-meets-musical! — and are designed like a concert tee. Each shirt you buy helps support production of the show.

We have two styles of the short-sleeve tee. One is 100% cotton, which won’t stretch and won’t dramatically shrink when you wash it, and is a slim- to moderate-fitting shirt. The other is a premium tri-blend (polyester + cotton + rayon). It’s lightweight, a bit stretchy, and super-soft, like an old vintage tee, and is more of a charcoal than a pure black. Finally, we have a long-sleeve version of the 100% cotton tee. These are all American Apparel shirts so if you’ve worn them before you know what to expect!

You can order as many as you like, in any size, short- or long-sleeved. Click the links below to take a look!

UPDATE: We don’t currently have the t-shirts for sale, but will try to get them up in the new store soon!

Masters in Mechanics: The Marshall Harrison Interview

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The Masters in Mechanics interview with the amazing Marshall Harrison features a detailed investigation of his sweep and hybrid picking wizardry, harmonic inventiveness, and blazing speed.

It includes 25 slow-motion examples with tablature, and over 20 minutes of awesome behind-the-scenes warmup and jamming footage. The interview is complemented by over 40 minutes of our trademark in-depth analysis.

The Marshall Harrison Interview includes:

  • 40-minute in-depth interview featuring Marshall’s sweep and hybrid picking wizardry
  • 45 minutes of our trademark in-depth analysis
  • 25 slow-motion examples + complete tablature in Guitar Pro and PDF formats
  • 20+ minutes of awesome behind-the-scenes warmup & jamming footage

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Masters in Mechanics: Cascade

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Our latest Masters in Mechanics seminar, “Cascade”, is an incredible 6-hour investigation that explores the ethereal guitar genius of Eric Johnson.

Along the way, we completely demystify his flowing multi-position pentatonic wizardry, glittering harmonic arpeggios, use of downward pickslanting, sweeping, the “bounce technique”, and more. We go frame by frame through his landmark 1988 Austin City Limits Performance to analyze numerous signature phrases, and take a special look at his two classic instructional videos, Total Electric Guitar and The Fine Art of Guitar.

Cascade features:

  • A whopping 35 chapters of video investigation
  • Massive download pack with over 100 slow-motion clips
  • Complete tablature for all clips in Guitar Pro and PDF formats
  • 45 pages of detailed performance notes

Two ways to watch the complete seminar: