Exercises

Exercises Guitar Lessons

Whether you want to nail a new guitar technique or improve your physical chops, our guitar exercise lessons are a great way to focus on a goal and get real benefits. The exercises we share are used by pro guitarists and many of them are really useful for warming up, or pushing yourself forward when you don't have a lot of time to practice guitar.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 22 Mins

    When I was younger I followed a very structured practice routine for 8-10 hours a day, but it’s very hard to dedicate that amount of time to guitar when you have other commitments to keep!

    In reality, we all have those days when you only have a few minutes available to practice, so in this lesson I’m going to show you how to develop a routine that works for you and helps you improve your technique, strength, speed and dexterity even when you’re really limited on the time you have available.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 37 Mins

    People often make the mistake of thinking that guitarists must have huge hands or really long fingers, people assume this about me all the time! In reality my hands are completely average-sized but this doesn’t mean that my reach has to be average…

    In this lesson I’m going to show you multiple ways you can stretch your fretting hand to improve your reach, build up your finger strength and transform your playing for the better. If you’ve been practicing hard but feel like you aren’t seeing the gains you should be, then this could be the lesson that changes everything for you.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to show you two very different approaches to using Legato. We’re gonna cover that real fast old-school 90s style before moving right to the present with my current approach to Legato. It’s much more subtle, and allows for some killer note combinations.

    I’ve also included a mighty exercise that’s guaranteed to give you melon crushing abilities 🍉 🥋

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 24 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to teach you a lick that uses blazing 3 note per string patterns and combines pentatonic and minor sounds as you switch between the strings.

    When most people try combining pentatonic and minor sounds they tend to play a blues lick followed by a minor lick or vice versa, but I prefer to jump back and forth between the two scales seamlessly to create unique sounding phrases.

    I do this a lot in my playing and I hope that it will inspire you to create some unique sounding licks of your own!

  • Legato 101
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 32 Mins

    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.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 11 Mins

    Get ready for the Ultimate Shred Workout… this lesson will transform you into a shred beast with just a few minutes of commitment per week!

    I’ve put together a selection of key exercises designed to improve your speed, power and dexterity. Repeat the workout 2-3 times per week and you’ll become a shred master in no time! What are you waiting for? Click play and let’s do this!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 27 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to show you how to move quickly up and down the fretboard, changing positions with ease to open up new playing opportunities all over the guitar neck.

    I cover a lot of elements in this lesson from posture, practicing, developing technique, building confidence and more – covering all of the elements you need to be able to shift positions seamlessly. I’ve even thrown in a couple of killer exercises that will really help you develop this important skill and blaze up and down the fretboard

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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.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 20 Mins

    Recently I was writing a new riff and I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go with it. It features a lot of interesting techniques which I’m going to break down for you…

    …but it’s not finished yet! That’s where you come in. I want you to learn my parts, then write your own ending and share your version with me in the members chat. Let’s do this!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    Today I’m going to take you up to the Shred Club HQ for 6 absolutely killer, finger ripping shred exercises that are going to get you shredding out of your mind!

    We’re going to start off by getting your left hand on fire, then concentrate on the picking hand, before finally pulling out all the stops with some insane tapping exercises to really get your blood pumping.