Yngwie Malmsteen Lesson: Cracking the Code, Season 2, Episode 1

Guitarist Troy Grady hosts a web series called "Cracking the Code."

In each episode, he breaks down a phrase—or something particularly awesome he has learned or figured out—and then explains it in a detail-packed way that includes an information- and graphics-packed video.

Below, we present Season 2, Episode 1 of "Cracking the Code." It's an Yngwie Malmsteen-themed lesson called "Get Down for the Upstroke."

From Grady:

"Season 2 of 'Cracking the Code' launches a new chapter in the understanding of advanced picking technique. With the discovery of downward pickslanting and its companion technique, chunking, a window opens on a world of speed and clarity we've only dreamed was possible.

"Over the course of the first two episodes of Season 2, we'll discover the power of Yngwie's fascinating and genre-defining asymmetrical approach to picking and come to understand the vast importance of downward pickslanting as a cornerstone of some of the greatest techniques in guitar history."

So yes—get ready to learn about pickslanting, chunking and lots more in the video below!

For more about Grady and his instructional videos, visit troygrady.com.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.