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
    • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.