Lick Breakdown

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.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 19 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to walk you through solo number one from my track “Waiting For The Right Time”.

    This solo is all about trying to say more with less notes, with an emphasis on melody, phrasing and delivery. Technically this solo is quite simple, but as I walk you through it we’re going to pay a lot of attention to all the small details that make it stand out!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 20 Mins

    The ‘box shape’ pentatonic scale is one of the first things many guitarists will learn and in this lesson I’m going to teach you how you can use this familiar pattern as a starting point to break out into more interesting sounds and expand your musical vocabulary.

    I’m also going to explain my approach to pentatonics by showing you some of my favourite patterns and breaking down a pentatonic lick that uses the 3 note per string method which is fantastic for blazing across the fretboard in high-speed bursts. If you’ve been underestimating the power of pentatonic scales – this lesson will change that!

  • Aeolian Lick Breakdown
    Easy
    Tabs
    Backing Track
    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!

  • 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.

  • Clear Skies Breakdown
    Intermediate
    Tabs
    Backing Track
    Clear Skies Breakdown
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to break down the chorus section from my track Clear Skies. This solo is jam-packed with lots of different techniques and flourishes which makes it a lot of fun to play.

    I’m going to guide you through this note-for-note, covering these techniques in detail as well as all of the little details, expression and delivery that will help you get this solo completely locked down. Let’s do this!

  • Storms Solo Breakdown
    Intermediate
    Tabs
    Backing Track
    Storms Solo Breakdown
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 21 Mins

    In this lesson I break down the solo section from a track of mine called ‘Storms’ and guide you through all of the different techniques that come together to make it happen.

    As well as guiding you through the solo note by note, I’ll also be pointing out all of the nuances and tips that you can incorporate into your own playing which will help you not only nail this passage, but also improve your ability to construct your own killer sounding solos!

  • Instagram Licks II
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 29 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to break down an entertaining but challenging sequence that I wrote for a fun social media post. As well as teaching you how to play the parts I’m also going to explain how I wrote, recorded and edited this post for Instagram.

    I’m going to break everything down for you step-by-step so that you have everything you need to get this piece nailed – as well as all my secrets and tips on how to make a great piece of guitar content for social media.

  • 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.

  • Waiting For The Right Time – Solo 2
    Advanced
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 20 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to walk you through the 2nd solo from my track “Waiting For The Right Time”. This is the 2nd guitar solo in this track and it’s by far the most intense…

    This solo was actually pieced together in the studio from multiple versions, resulting in something that I would never have played in a single take. It was challenging to re-learn this afterwards, but in the process I picked up a lot of interesting tips to pass on to you!

  • You and Me Solo 1 Breakdown
    Advanced
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    Tim Hutchinson
    • 2 Videos
    • 24 Mins

    During the McRocklin & Hutch track “You and Me” Thomas and I trade guitar solos back and forwards – in this lesson I’m going to break down the first solo from that exchange.

    This solo strings together multiple techniques such as pick slanting, arpeggios, tapping, cross picking and hammer ons out of nowhere so there’s a lot to learn! To make things easier I break the solo down into 6 short sections so you can learn a piece at a time in just a few minutes.