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
    • 5 Videos
    • 31 Mins

    Are you one of those guitarists who struggle to play in sync with a drum groove?

    This lesson is really going to help you improve your sense of timing and rhythm. I’m going to show you how to tightly lock your guitar playing into any drum beat.

    We’ll start off with a really simple phrase and get it locked in tightly before we spice it up with some cool rhythmic patterns and techniques. As an added bonus I’ll also teach you my favourite hack which lets you fit licks into any passage super easily.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 15 Mins

    One of the most effective methods I use to improve the speed and smoothness of guitar licks is to take a step back and explore different ways to optimise what I’m playing.

    This can feel uncomfortable at first as you need to retrain your brain – and fingers – to approach things in a different way, but once you begin applying this simple concept to your playing you’ll begin to open up new ways to play licks faster and more fluently, whilst saving literally hours and hours of practice time!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 15 Mins

    In this lesson we’re going to take a few nice sounding chords and use them to build a chord progression packed full of groove, flow and all of the details that make it sound absolutely popping.

    As we move forward step-by-step I’ll show you all of the subtle tips and tricks I use to turn simple chords into something amazing. Even better, you’ll be able to use the techniques I show you to instantly transform your old riffs and song ideas by injecting them with extra detail and expression!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 29 Mins
    In this lesson I’m going to teach you a super effective songwriting method that uses simple chord shapes and some basic music theory based around intervals, which is really easy to understand even if you’ve never learned theory before.
    As well as helping you to find inspiration and write songs, this method will also help you to visualise the fretboard and how the notes relate to each other, so it will really help you to feel more comfortable and confident moving around the neck.
  • 5 Levels of Soloing
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    5 Levels of Soloing
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 34 Mins

    Do you ever wonder how you can take a guitar solo from simple to mind-blowing? In this lesson I’m going to show you 5 different levels of soloing that will gradually get more advanced as you progress through.

    Starting at Level 1 we’ll focus on your timing and groove before adding embellishments such as slides, bends and vibrato. As we move up through each level I’ll show you how to incorporate techniques such as sweeping, hybrid picking and tapping whilst also working on fundamentals such as note choice, dynamics and phrasing to build up all of the elements you need for an awesome solo!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    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!

  • Melodic Rock Lick Breakdown
    Intermediate
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    Stel Andre
    • 3 Videos
    • 13 Mins

    Today I’m going to teach you a really cool melodic rock lick that you can use to improve your improvisation and overall lead game.

    I’ll break down the full lick for you and explain how it is constructed as well as some of the theory behind it, followed by some awesome exercises which will help you improve the legato techniques required to play these types of licks.

  • Constructing a Great Solo
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    Do you know what makes a great solo? In this lesson I break down the entire process of how you can construct an effective guitar solo from scratch.

    I start at the very beginning and teach you what you should think about before you play your first note, guiding you through the process of developing your initial ideas over time and refining them into an amazing solo. I’ve also made sure to pack in tons of practical tips along the way to give you inspiration and make sure that you never get stuck throughout the process.

  • Soloing Around The Neck
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 27 Mins

    If you’ve been wanting to up your improv game or just get familiar with playing all around the neck with different sounds, then this is the lesson for you!

    Let me guide you through my entire thought process when it comes to improv playing, from first hearing a track through to identifying which scales, arpeggios and notes I think will work over it. I also show you how to use this information to solo and improvise in any position on the fretboard, with plenty of tips and insights along the way!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 32 Mins

    When you think of harmonics you probably imagine squealing dive bombs, but they are also an amazing tool to use when improvising to add an extra dimension to your playing.

    In this lesson we’re going to explore harmonics in three different keys, and the multiple ways that you can use them to add sustain, create tension and explore new sounds! If you’ve been feeling stuck for ideas or are looking to inject some new sounds into your playing then this lesson is exactly what you’ve been waiting for!