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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

    Do you ever wonder how you can identify certain guitarists as soon as you hear them play a few notes? In this extra-special lesson, I’m going to take you on a journey to create your own unique sound on the guitar.

    The best thing is you don’t need to spend hours and hours learning theory and scales to do this! In fact, you’ll be shocked at how much mileage you can get out of the notes and scales you already know once you begin to apply the right techniques, and I’ll show you exactly how to do it.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 32 Mins

    This lesson is all about how to transition between two sections of a song. Whether you’re moving between a verse and chorus or two different parts of a riff, this underrated skill will have a huge impact on the quality of your songwriting.

    Mastering this technique will not only take your playing to the next level, but it will also blow the roof off your songwriting ability, and it’s actually quite a simple thing to master, so let’s get to it!

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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.

  • The Inspiration Toolbox
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 11 Videos
    • 52 Mins

    The Inspiration Toolbox is absolutely packed full of quick and easy licks, techniques and approaches that you just have to try. No matter what level you’re at – if you feel like you’re playing the same licks and making the same sounds on your guitar you’re going to get something from this lesson.

    In this 10 part mini-series, we’re going to cover everything from diminished sweeping licks, to working with limited intervals, to adding a cool new spin to your bending. I also show you how to introduce outside and passing notes into your playing, this alone separates your sound from many other guitarists!

  • Rising Up Solo Breakdown
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 24 Mins

    In this lesson, I’m going to break down a section from a track of mine called Rising Up. This solo sounds very intense, but once I take you through the different approaches I used you’ll learn that it’s actually quite simple.

    Instead of trying to learn the solo note-for-note, we’re going to focus on the various techniques involved so that you can apply them to different note combinations and come up with riffs that are uniquely yours.

  • 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
    • 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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