Lick Breakdown Guitar Lessons

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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.

  • Borja Mintegiaga
    • 3 Videos
    • 7 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to teach you a cool, creative string skipping tapping lick as well some tips to carry out to help you with this style of playing.

    Sometimes with licks based on modulations, modal interchanges, complex harmony etc, we can find ourselves a bit lost. I bet you have had that feeling, haven’t you? Don’t worry, I’m also going to explain the harmony behind this lick and how it is constructed!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 22 Mins

    This solo breakdown from You and Me by McRocklin & Hutch is quite simple to learn but tricky to master. It’s all about phrasing and delivery, packed full of details that will allow you to take simple lines and make them sound much more complex than they really are.

    This lesson is also packed full of solo tips that will change your playing forever – including how to think ahead with fingering so you never feel rushed and make less mistakes.

  • 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!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 21 Mins

    I love the sound of a blazing pentatonic lick! Today I’m going to take a really exciting pentatonic lick and slow it right down so that I can break it down step-by-step for you – nice and slowly!

    Along the way I’ll be showing you all of the insights and techniques that come together to allow you to play this lick at incredible speed.

  • Micky Crystal
    • 3 Videos
    • 12 Mins

    Hey guys, Micky Crystal here and today I’ve got a very cool hybrid picking legato lick for you.

    I’m going to show you a couple of cool exercise to go along with this, and once you’ve learned the lick and the ideas behind it’ll enable you to create your own awesome hybrid picking legato licks.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    Being able to switch fluently between different techniques is really important, so I’ve put together a shred lick which features a combination of alternate and sweep picking to help you nail this transition seamlessly.

    If you’re new to shredding this is a great lick to get started with and I include a lot of tips and insights that will set you up on the right track to become a shred monster in no time!

  • Tim Hutchinson
    • 3 Videos
    • 16 Mins

    Today I’m going to show you one of my favourite go-to shred licks. This lick features a variety of techniques – sweep picking, hammer ons, pull offs – and a lot of muting to go along with those to improve your note separation and clarity.

    Before we get into the lick itself I’m also going to demonstrate my approach to playing major arpeggios – so that you can apply these skills to your own playing and licks!

  • Tabs
    Backing Track
    Distorted Dreams Solo 2
    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    In this lesson I break down the 2nd solo from Distorted Dreams by my band McRocklin and Hutch. This is a really challenging but rewarding solo to learn. It features a couple of awesome techniques, without them this solo wouldn’t be possible.

    As the solo progresses, it introduces new note choices, new modes and sounds. Constructing a solo in this way keeps the listener interested – and I’ll teach you how to do that as well. So download the backing track and the tabs… I’m going show you all of the techniques and insights so that you have everything you need to make this solo happen!

  • Micky Crystal
    • 4 Videos
    • 9 Mins

    In this lesson I break down a diminished lick which makes heavy use of economy picking.

    As well as breaking down the lick I also explain why I chose to use economy picking to play it, and how much easier it is to play the lick at speed by using this technique. I even demonstrate just how much more difficult it would be to attempt this lick without economy picking (it’s tough!) and I’ve included some cool exercises to help improve your economy picking chops.