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Alternate Picking Guitar Lessons

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 20 Mins

    The ‘box shape’ pentatonic scale is one of the first things many guitarists will learn and in this lesson I’m going to teach you how you can use this familiar pattern as a starting point to break out into more interesting sounds and expand your musical vocabulary.

    I’m also going to explain my approach to pentatonics by showing you some of my favourite patterns and breaking down a pentatonic lick that uses the 3 note per string method which is fantastic for blazing across the fretboard in high-speed bursts. If you’ve been underestimating the power of pentatonic scales – this lesson will change that!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 8 Videos
    • 34 Mins

    In this lesson, I’ve teamed up with Hutch to bring you a selection of each of our favourite exercises covering things like legato, finger strength and dexterity, alternate picking, sweep picking and more!

    Most of these exercises are very quick and easy to learn, you can do most of them in just 20-40 seconds and with a few repetitions and they’ll have a massive impact on your strength, dexterity and ultimately your playing.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 39 Mins

    If you feel like you get stuck playing vertically up and down in the same position, then you’ll love this lesson! It’s packed full of insights into how I approach playing the guitar and how you can combine multiple techniques and sounds together to open up the entire fretboard.

    We’re going to cover things like transitioning between alternate picking into sweeping, moving from chromatics into arpeggios and how to use ‘baby’ sweeps to enable licks and phrases that wouldn’t be possible otherwise and will keep your playing sounding fresh and interesting.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 36 Mins

    In this lesson I’ve got two licks to break down that combine alternate and sweep picking. Both use simple, familiar patterns so that we can focus on how to transition between these techniques and nail the mechanics involved.

    Being able to transition seamlessly between different techniques like this makes such a huge difference to your playing, because in the real world you’re never going to do 4 bars of sweeping followed by 4 bars of tapping and so on. Instead, you should be able pick and choose techniques from your arsenal to effortlessly drop into a performance when needed – so I’ll show you exactly how I do this.

  • Blazing Speed Hack
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 15 Mins

    While it’s often possible to play very fast sequences purely with alternate picking, in this lesson I’m going to show you a simple hack that I use which makes it much easier to play an incredibly fast and impressive flurry of notes more easily and using far less energy.

    The cool thing about this technique is you can apply it to any note combination on any strings you like, which gives you a powerful shortcut to be able to come up with blazing fast licks of your own.

  • The Combo Lick
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    This lick combines a number of different sounds from pentatonic to minor to diminished, as well as transitioning between alternate and sweep picking in a fast and frantic way.

    In this lesson, I’m going to break down the full lick and explain all of the different approaches I use to make it happen, as well as exactly how I’m able to transition so quickly between sweep and alternate picking at high speeds.

  • Sweep Combo Lick
    Intermediate
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    Sweep Combo Lick
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 38 Mins

    In this lesson, I’m going to break down a really cool riff that combines two of my favourite techniques back to back – sweep picking and alternate picking.

    I actually really struggled to perfect this lick, which is a common thing that can happen depending on how you approach it – so I’m going to walk you through all of the pitfalls you need to avoid so that you can nail this technique!

  • Pick Slanting
    Intermediate
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    Tim Hutchinson
    • 2 Videos
    • 14 Mins

    Have you ever looked down at your right hand when you’re picking and noticed how much it’s bobbing up and down? If so, it might be time to learn about pick slanting – a subtle technique that helps you cross strings really smoothly when alternate picking, even at crazy fast speeds.

    In this lesson, we’re going to dive deeply into all of the mechanics around pick slanting using a bunch of cool licks and patterns that will help you improve your technique and sound awesome while you’re doing it.

  • Big Time Shred Licks
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 29 Mins

    In this lesson, we’re gonna dive into a couple of big-time shred licks which both use very specific approaches that you’ll need to learn if you want to deliver them at speed.

    If you go ahead and start trying to approach these licks without the right preparation you’re going to have a very bad time. The good news is I’m going to break down everything you need to know, including how to translate these techniques to other solos and melodies to add more variation and speed to your shred arsenal!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 15 Mins

    In this lesson I’ve got a really fun yet challenging lick that combines a number of different techniques and sounds together, jumping from alternate picking to economy and sweep picking, with rapid position shifts – even switching from a minor to pentatonic sound (and back again)!

    Not only do I break down the lick itself but I also show you the techniques involved so that you can become way more confident when it comes to applying these techniques to your own solos.

Thomas McRocklin

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