Improvisation Guitar Lessons

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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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 7 Videos
    • 38 Mins

    In this lesson you’re going to learn some killer riffs and techniques that will push your prog playing to the limit. Starting with some simple progressions we’ll jam together and exchange solos then transform those chords into super tight, advanced prog riffs.

    If you’re still thirsty for more then come join me on a deep dive into sweeping arpeggios and how to lock your sweeping in time with a drum beat.

  • Backing Track
    How To Solo
    Thomas McRocklin
    • 8 Videos
    • 49 Mins

    Do you feel lost when soloing, or feel like you’re just reciting scales and struggle to put together something cool and interesting?

    In this lesson I show you how to construct a solo from scratch, beginning with following a chord progression very closely and gradually introducing new approaches that you can use to access more interesting note choices and add variety to your playing.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 7 Videos
    • 23 Mins

    Pentatonic scales are extremely useful but it’s very important to understand what they are and what you can do with them, or else your playing can easily become very boxed in.

    In this lesson I’m going to teach you all about pentatonic concepts and how I approach using them in my own playing. I’ll show you how you can keep your licks sounding fresh by jumping in and out of pentatonics and adding additional notes as well as contrasting them with additional arpeggios and scales – which is something I do all of the time!

  • Backing Track
    Bring The Funk
    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    When I was playing on stage with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, one of the ways that I really stood out in some of those shred battles was by introducing some funk in my playing.

    Today I’m going to teach you some of those methods so you use them to create your own fresh sound! I’m even going to share with you a technique I learned from my time living with Steve Vai which I use almost every time I play guitar.

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    Backing Track
    Say More With Your Notes
    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 52 Mins

    People say that tone comes from the fingers, but this doesn’t mean it’s magic or that you can’t learn it. In reality it’s just a combination of many small factors that build up to add expression and depth to your playing.

    In this lesson I’m going to break down 5 progressively more complex licks to show you all of the subtle elements that you can build into even the simplest phrases in order to elevate them to the next level.