Practical Guitar Theory
Practical Guitar Theory

Practical Guitar Theory

6Lessons
31Videos
152Minutes

Does music theory not seem to ‘click’ for you? Do you feel like you’re playing the same licks over and over, but not sure how to break out of the box? Do you wish you could confidently improvise in any key, all over the fretboard?

If so… this is the course for you!

This course focuses on the practical elements of music theory – things that will make the most impact on your playing in the shortest space possible. It’s packed full of information and insights, teaching you how to visualise the fretboard and improvise in any key – playing all over the neck with complete confidence.

Once you’ve completed this course, I guarantee you that your guitar playing and understanding of music theory will be transformed forever!

What's Included?

Unlocking The Fretboard

One of the most common questions I get asked is: “How do I break out from playing the same licks right in the middle of the fretboard all of the time”

I’m going to show you some scales that all link up together and explain how you can use them to unlock the entire fretboard – giving you much more clarity on how to can come up with great note choices, breathe some fresh life into your playing and improve your improvisation skills in any key.

Arpeggios Everyone Should Know

I use arpeggios all of the time within licks or to transition between different parts of the neck when soloing.

In this video I’m going to show you the major and minor arpeggio shapes that I think everyone should know, as well as some 3 octave and diminished patterns that are a bit less common but still amazingly useful.

I also explain the best practices for fingering these patterns, and how to think ahead when playing to ensure your fingers are in the correct position during a transition.

Alternative Scale Positions

Do you find yourself stuck playing the same scales and patterns all the time?

In this lesson we’re going to pick a few different keys to improvise in but we’re going to completely ban the obvious and comfortable scale positions you’re used to! Instead I’ll show you some cool new shapes and patterns to use which will force you into using new note choices and phrasing options to help you break out of your habits and breath new life into your playing!

Thinking in Tones

This lesson is all about getting you really comfortable playing everywhere on the neck – without learning any scale positions at all!

This is one of the first things I learned on guitar and is actually how I was able to shred from a very young age. It’s based on a very simple method that is really easy to learn and will make a huge difference to you when it comes to visualising the fretboard.

My Favourite Keys

One of the questions I get asked a lot is – what tuning are you in? I always play in standard tuning, but the way you approach chords and phrasing in different keys can completely transform the way they sound.

This lesson gives you all the insights into my approach to playing in my favourite keys. I’ll show you how to re-train your fingers to come up with some amazing sounds based on familiar shapes and how to layer harmonics onto chords to create epic soundscapes.

Don’t Be So Chromatic

I absolutely love chromatics, when used in the right place they can add some crazy sounds to licks and solos!

When you’re practicing chromatics there are few different ways you can do it, and there are a few things that can trip you up.

In this lesson we’re going to talk about some of my favourite patterns to use, how to practice them and also how chromatics can really help improve your picking technique.

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Thomas McRocklin
Your Instructor

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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Nikos
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I've played guitar for about 20 years, always been ok at it, can pull out a solo here and there, but the little things in the lessons that you don't realise help so much!ā€
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Barry
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Richard
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