Cracking the Code seminars are our original in-depth, multi-chapter investigations of the techniques of iconic players.

These multi-hour investigations illuminate not just mechanics but also the surprising influence they exert on musical choices. They include revealing slow-motion examples of important techniques that shaped the way the guitar is played.

The Volcano and Cascade seminars detail the downward pickslanting techniques of Yngwie Malmsteen and Eric Johnson, with numerous specific musical examples drawn from their celebrated vocabularies.

The Antigravity seminar details the discovery of two-way pickslanting, and its role in the techniques of Michael Angelo Batio, Vinnie Moore, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Paul Gilbert.


Downward Pickslanting and Yngwie Malmsteen



Downward Pickslanting and Eric Johnson



Two-Way Pickslanting and Batio, Di Meola, McLaughlin, Moore, and Gilbert