Improvisation

Improvisation Guitar Lessons

Improvising is a fundamental skill for any guitarist that is both easy to learn and difficult to master. In these guitar lessons we focus on teaching you new ways to approach your playing and help you break out of the box of playing the same old licks over and over.
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 41 Mins

    In this lesson, I’m going to guide you through how you can use outside/passing notes to bring a fresh new sound to your playing – the type of thing that will take people by surprise and make their ears perk up and listen!

    These approaches will allow you to come up with cool and interesting new ways to deliver sequences and phrasing, as well as help you generate new ideas and riffs that you can use within your playing.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 41 Mins

    In this lesson, I’m going to show you how a variety of ways you can introduce melody and movement into chord progressions to make even simple chords sound really interesting.

    We’re going to jam around with some of my favourite concepts in real-time so that in addition to picking up some new techniques you can also gain valuable insights into how to apply them to your own playing.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 31 Mins

    Did you know that by adding a couple of extra details to your playing, you can take 4 or 5 notes and transform them boring, vanilla licks into something truly memorable and impressive sounding?

    I’m going to show you how to do precisely that, and help you take a giant leap toward becoming a killer shredder! This lesson is also packed full of inspiration, including some of my best tips on how to avoid trapping yourself into playing the same notes over and over so that you can improvise freely and unlock your creativity.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 34 Mins

    This lesson is packed with some of my very best tips to help you become a more expressive, explosive guitarist. If you’re new to School of McRock I highly suggest this as one of the first lessons you should check out, as it’s going to install a lot of great practices into your playing.

    I’m going to cover many of the pitfalls that guitarists can fall into, and break down various approaches and techniques you can apply to your playing today to help you get to the next level and express yourself on the guitar.

  • Playing Over Chord Progressions
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 49 Mins

    Have you ever felt stuck while improvising over chords? As with all improvising, there isn’t only one correct way to do things but there are a few fundamental approaches that I use a lot in my own playing that I’d like to share with you.

    In this lesson I fire up a looper and play over several different chord progressions, pausing often to break down exactly how I approach different scenarios and share all of the techniques I use to come up with note choices and phrases on top of various styles of chord progression.

  • Outside Fun
    Intermediate
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    Outside Fun
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 36 Mins

    What if you could unlock a brand new approach to note choice – and add some really fun and exciting new licks to your arsenal at the same time? Stop playing those same old boring notes, because we’re about to spice things up and have a blast while we’re doing it!

    In this lesson, I’m going to show you how to combine different notes using several concepts that make playing so much more fun and exciting. With this approach, you’re always on the brink of creating something brand-new, a sound nobody has heard before, and something that is uniquely YOU.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve made a ton of progress all at once. My fretting ability, power and dexterity on the fretboard have all increased at the same time – even my creativity has improved. I wanted to share my process so you can see exactly how I was able to make so much progress in a relatively short space of time so that you can do the same!

    Included in this lesson are 3 very challenging guitar exercises. These are excellent for your fretting hand dexterity and alternate picking, but what I really love about these exercises is that they remain open to interpretation. This gives you the opportunity to get creative and figure out the best way to cross the fretboard, which is part of the reason they’re so effective.

  • Changing Pace
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 24 Mins

    We’ve all heard guitarists perform a solo with nothing memorable or exciting about it. Maybe that’s even what it feels like when you begin to improvise – it’s too easy to fall into the trap of noodling at the same pace, using the same notes and not really changing much.

    What if you could still use the patterns and shapes that you already know, but transform those boring licks into something memorable and exciting? That’s what this lesson is all about, and that’s exactly what I’m going to show you. Let’s go!

  • Let’s Jam
    Intermediate
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    Let’s Jam
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 52 Mins

    Do you tend to gravitate towards certain note choices and fretboard positions? If so, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and join me as we trade licks and jam!

    In this lesson, I take a backing track of a song idea I’ve been working on and use this as a jumping-off point to show you which note choices and phrasing I feel work well over these particular chords. This is a live, uncut lesson packed full of approaches and insights designed to help you unlock more melodic and meaningful approaches in your playing, which I think you’ll love.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 45 Mins

    I’m about to give away all of my secrets and dissect everything that takes you from a good or great guitarist to an exceptional, pro-level player.

    I’m going to show you all of the approaches that professional players use to be able to play at the peak of their ability whilst also having fun doing it and most importantly, always being in full control of the instrument, no matter the situation. Everything you need to take your playing to the next level is in this lesson.

Thomas McRocklin

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