Unbelievable Anton Oparin!


I see that it is down-up-down-up and then pull-off. But the accuracy and speed is killing!

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Thanks for sharing! great stuff. And great CtC picking camera angle too! Sorry for questioning the speed in the first video. This guy is incredible!

@Troy what happens at 16:10 is terrifying to me! His cross-picking style reminds me a lot of Martin Miller’s.

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I don’t see the thumb/finger motion like Martin Millerseems to do. It seems to come all from the wrist.
Most terrifying to me are those big stringskipping jumps in the Caprice no16 at that speed; just impossible!

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That’s right! It’s not Martin Miller - it’s Andy Wood. Anton is using a 902 system - supinated arm, primarily wrist movement, similar to what Andy is doing here:


I would call what Andy is doing here and what Anton is doing above “two way pickslanting” because they’re not making the complete curved 902 movement all the time - only when they need to switch from one wrist movement to another. When they’re just blazing on a single string, they’re doing 9 or 2, but not 902.


Those fingers were designed to play guitar!!! Look at the size of them!


You guys know better about wrist movements.

What made me think about Martin Miller is the curved end of his thumb because it looks similar. While in the video that @Troy posted about Andy wood, I see more a bump in the thumb. But maybe this doesn’t play at all here.


Yes, they have a somewhat different grip but the actual motion seems similair.


Yes! Somewhat different pickgrip though, but the actual motion seems to be similair indeed!

This, from about 5:22, is so AWESOME!

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The thing is at the age of 8 he already did the same stuff with much smaller hands/ shorter fingers!
His brother plays the bass and was on a lot of live gigs with Anton. He is mabe 10 years older or so and you could see at his big hands/long fingers that Anton was going to get them to; and now he has them!


Very similar, and for our learning purposes, I would say, exactly the same. Here’s a quick and dirty!

Anybody else being musical on Instagram?

Here’s what I wrote in the video description, which pretty much sums it up:

Andy Wood, who is a great friend of Cracking the Code, and Anton Oparin, who we haven’t met but would like to (!), have very similar picking techniques. They’re both lightly supinated deviation-ish wrist players. Maintaining this orientation, they combine two different wrist movements as needed to play linear lines, and even crosspicking lines, by blending the two movements into a third “curved” picking trajectory. This is also what Petrucci does - another player we haven’t met, but would like to! In all cases, it’s a a super cool approach which we’ve taken to calling the “902” system, based on a very helpful clockface analogy for wrist movement which we subscribers have already learned about, and which we will elucidate further in future channel videos. Can’t wait? Head on over to Cracking the Code right now and sign the hell up.


Great Troy!!!

Realy hope you can get to Anton one day…


My God!! The accuracy is insane, I generally do this kind of stuff with hybrid picking, what kind of madman dares to pick this stuff? Amazing stuff, very musical as well.

Is he in a remote area of Russia @Troy? No other Russian virtuosos you could meet while you’re over there to make the trip more worth while?


I’ve been subscribing but not paying attention for a little while. Where is the info about the 902?


Currently that’s in our crosspicking workshop here:


At some point soon we’ll be making more chapterized tutorial material with these concepts as well.

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Is it just me or is he using a very thin pick?
Like .50 or so ? (Just because of the scratchy picking sound)


I realy do not know… Would like to know also.


Some more madness from Anton starting at about 1.40

The accuracy and speed on this complex Paganini stuff is out of this world!
Some of those lefthand fingerings are just…pffff!!!

Here is a slow version:


What model Ibanez is he playing?

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