Guitar Techniques 101

Is your guitar playing stuck in a rut? Do you wish you had more variety in your playing? Or have you always found certain things difficult, when other guitarists make it look easy?

Whether you’re looking to add a new technique to your arsenal or squeeze an extra ounce of efficiency into your playing, this course will transform your guitar playing – forever.

Each lesson dives into a different topic from a beginners perspective, so that no details are glossed over and you get all of the information required to nail the mechanics relating to each specific technique.

As well as breaking down each technique, every lesson is packed full of advanced tips that have been gathered from years of practice and experience, so that you are able to learn (or re-learn) these techniques using best-practices that will fundamentally improve your playing, whatever level you are currently at.

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7Lessons
54Videos
227Minutes

Heavy Rhythm 101

Rhythm playing is one of those areas that is often overlooked, whether it’s because your timing isn’t so great or you just don’t have enough elements to create really killer sounding riffs.

This lesson covers every aspect of my approach to rhythm playing, and it’s packed full of tips and insights that you’ll be able to pick up and apply to your playing today, whether you’re just starting our or you’ve been playing for years!

Tapping 101

This lesson covers everything you need to know to become a tapping master – whether you’re a beginner unsure how to get started with tapping or a more experienced player looking for some tips and inspiration to take your playing to the next level.

We start with the basics such as how to transition from picking to tapping, common tapping patterns and changing notes with each hand. Once we’ve got the fundamentals down we’re going to crank it up to 11 with some fun advanced tapping techniques – let’s go!

Sweep Picking 101

In this lesson I’m going to give you a full breakdown of all of the mechanics and movements involved in sweep picking so that you can learn everything you need to nail this awesome technique.

I start with the basics, including the best methods for holding the pick correctly so that you can sweep through the strings like a warm knife through butter! As you progress through the lesson you’ll learn multiple sweeping patterns and how to put everything together so you can use this technique in the real world to deliver some awesome solo action!

String Bending 101

Bending is such an important part of playing guitar – it’s a crucial technique to have in your arsenal and it’s worth taking the time to get it right.

In this lesson I break down the fundamentals of bending and answer the most commonly asked questions about the technique. I also share a few of my top secret tips so that you can learn all of the tools you need to become a bending master.

Pick Slanting 101

There’s a lot of information out there about pick slanting, but what is the correct information for you and how can you start using it to improve your playing?

The good news is: I’ve done the research for you!

I’ve put together this definitive guide to the subject, which will explain exactly what pick slanting is and how you can start using it within your playing – without undoing any of your existing technique.

Hybrid Picking 101

Hybrid picking sounds sounds super complicated, but it’s actually quite easy to pick up. In this lesson I break this technique down to teach you everything you need to know so you can start incorporating it into your playing – today!

We’ll start with the basics – what exactly is hybrid picking and how do you pull it off? I’ll show you why this is such a cool technique, how to practice it effectively, when to use it and which tones it works best with. Even if you’ve never tried it before, by the end of this lesson you’ll be able to start using hybrid picking in your playing.

Legato 101

If you’ve wanted to incorporate legato into your playing this is the lesson for you – I’m going to give you all of the tools and information you need to incorporate this fun and explosive technique into your playing today!

This lesson covers the fundamentals relating to the tone and mechanics of legato playing, as well as some deep dives into various ways I use legato in my own playing. It’s packed with tips and tricks as well as a selection of simple, quick exercises that will take your legato chops to the next level.

Thomas McRocklin
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Thomas McRocklin

Thomas McRocklin is an English guitar player, music producer and mastering engineer. He was a child prodigy guitarist and has shared the stage with the likes of Zakk Wylde, Steve Lukather, Stuart Hamm, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, who mentored and produced Thomas as the lead guitarist in Bad4Good as well as featuring him in his music video “The Audience is Listening”.

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Steve Vai
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Tony
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Arthur
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Since I joined I've actually started wearing down picks! Something I've never done in the past so I know I'm playing a lot more these days
Richard
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Dude... I haven't practiced like that in ages... if I knew the angle of my damn pick was the cause of my struggles... I would've flipped my s**t 😅 Loving the lessons!
Nicolas
SoM Student
I've been getting used to my amp again, and holy hell!! I can play things a hell of a lot faster from when I left. I'm in love with guitar again!
Andrew
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Your heavy rhythmn lesson is awesome! It made me realize how invisible (beat 4) was for me. I love the speed adjustment feature, I use it a ton. 🤘 Thanks Thomas! ❤️
Roger
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I record myself playing and listening back to some of my old improvisations is like hearing another person. My playing now is more solid and its the first time I am playing like I really mean it. Thank you so much!
Nikos
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Great masterclass. I'm always so jazzed to try new things after them. Thanks McRocklin!
Richard
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Thomas gives you the exact tips we all should have learned 20yrs before
Mallito
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Paul
SoM Student
I started Rhythm 101 lesson and I found many little details that make a lot of difference!
Kelly
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My little noodle arm is killing after that speed lesson but I have improved so much 🤘🤘
Tristan
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I sat down for about an hour and practiced your lesson on how to play fast. I love you how piece the lessons/exercises together little by little! I'm going to stick with this! 🤘
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Ian
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I really like School of McRock and you have been an inspiration to me on my quest to play more deftly with greater speed. I really like your lessons that provide drills to hone the techniques that you demonstrate.
Tomas
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Brad
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Charlie
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Love the site and all of the lessons have been really helpful
Michael
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I really admire your talent but mostly your hard work. I can’t wait to find out more about your picking techniques and all other crazy secrets.
Ross
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There's already so much in those lessons that I'm finding myself trying to get better organized with my practice time to fit more of your stuff in!
Amy
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Thanks for your support and your amazing lessons, you’re a massive inspiration to me and I hope I can figure this guitar maze out step by step with your help :)
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