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Lick Breakdown Guitar Lessons

A great way to become a better guitarist is to learn existing licks, solos and riffs from other players. As well as being able to nail an awesome sounding solo, you will pick up lots of tips and techniques along the way that will help you to improve your guitar playing. Our lick breakdowns cover all types of playing styles, with backing tracks and tabs included to help you pick things up quickly and have fun in the process.
  • Aeolian Lick Breakdown
    Easy
    Tabs
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    Aeolian Lick Breakdown
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    Liverplate
    • 2 Videos
    • 7 Mins

    This special guest lesson features a blazing solo breakdown from Oliver “Liverplate” Christian, the super-talented instrumental guitarist from Brazil who is making huge waves in the industry.

    As well as fully breaking down this fun and impressive solo, he also includes lots of cool insights into the way that he approaches playing the guitar, including some killer tips that I’m definitely going to start using myself!

  • Spectrum Lick Breakdowns
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 29 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to break down 3 specific licks that make up key parts in a solo from a track called Spectrum by my band McRocklin and Hutch.

    At first these licks might seem fairly complex but by breaking them down I’m going to show you how you can take some simple, familiar shapes and transform them by applying different approaches and techniques to your playing.

  • Sweep Combo Lick
    Intermediate
    Backing Track
    Sweep Combo Lick
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 38 Mins

    In this lesson, I’m going to break down a really cool riff that combines two of my favourite techniques back to back – sweep picking and alternate picking.

    I actually really struggled to perfect this lick, which is a common thing that can happen depending on how you approach it – so I’m going to walk you through all of the pitfalls you need to avoid so that you can nail this technique!

  • Storms Solo 2 Breakdown
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    In this lesson, I’m going to break down the main solo from my track Storms. It involves a lot of melodic playing that relies heavily on phrasing, vibrato and slides before kicking into a frantic flurry of pentatonic picking.

    I’ll be taking you through the solo nice and slowly, going over things line by line and pointing out all of the little moves and techniques that you’ll need to absolutely nail this solo and take away several tips and tricks that you can apply to your own playing.

  • Italian Disco Solo Breakdowns
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 35 Mins

    In this lesson, you’re going to learn not one but two solos from the track Italian Disco by my band McRocklin and Hutch. These are a pair of fun and challenging solos which I’m sure you’ll have a blast with.

    The first solo works on your phrasing and melodic delivery whilst the second solo ups the ante and introduces some shorter staccato notes – and then we go all out with some sweeping, tapping and legato. It’s gonna require everything you’ve got to nail both of these, but the results are definitely going to be worth it!

  • Blues Fusion
    Intermediate
    Backing Track
    Blues Fusion
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 34 Mins

    Blues guitar has such a classic, cool sound and in this lesson, I’m going to show you how to fuse some of the more soulful aspects of the genre into your progressive rock playing.

    I’ve got 5 different concepts to teach you that are heavily blues-influenced and I’ll be walking you through how they work and how you can apply them in a modern, progressive way.

  • 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.

  • Big Time Shred Licks
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 29 Mins

    In this lesson, we’re gonna dive into a couple of big-time shred licks which both use very specific approaches that you’ll need to learn if you want to deliver them at speed.

    If you go ahead and start trying to approach these licks without the right preparation you’re going to have a very bad time. The good news is I’m going to break down everything you need to know, including how to translate these techniques to other solos and melodies to add more variation and speed to your shred arsenal!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 24 Mins

    Have you ever struggled with phrasing and note choice when writing solos? If so, this is a great lesson for you to check out. Follow along as I break down a solo from my track SUDO which contains some quirky phrasing and explosive lead lines.

    In addition to breaking this solo down I’m also gonna show you how I wrote and constructed it – including how I almost trashed the song entirely (twice) because I just couldn’t come up with lines that I felt worked in the track. You don’t want to miss this one!

  • Square Dreamz Solo
    Advanced
    Tabs
    Backing Track
    Square Dreamz Solo
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 35 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to break down one of the most difficult solos I’ve written, from my track ‘Square Dreamz’… with huge stretches and many intricate techniques packed into it, this solo is deceivingly complex to play.

    I think you should challenge yourself and let me know if you can get this solo nailed by the end of the year… but if not, I guarantee you’ll pick up tons of tips and approaches during this lesson that you can use within your own licks!

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