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  • 5 Levels of Soloing
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    5 Levels of Soloing
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 34 Mins

    Do you ever wonder how you can take a guitar solo from simple to mind-blowing? In this lesson I’m going to show you 5 different levels of soloing that will gradually get more advanced as you progress through.

    Starting at Level 1 we’ll focus on your timing and groove before adding embellishments such as slides, bends and vibrato. As we move up through each level I’ll show you how to incorporate techniques such as sweeping, hybrid picking and tapping whilst also working on fundamentals such as note choice, dynamics and phrasing to build up all of the elements you need for an awesome solo!

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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!

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    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!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 27 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to show you how to move quickly up and down the fretboard, changing positions with ease to open up new playing opportunities all over the guitar neck.

    I cover a lot of elements in this lesson from posture, practicing, developing technique, building confidence and more – covering all of the elements you need to be able to shift positions seamlessly. I’ve even thrown in a couple of killer exercises that will really help you develop this important skill and blaze up and down the fretboard

  • Soloing Around The Neck
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 27 Mins

    If you’ve been wanting to up your improv game or just get familiar with playing all around the neck with different sounds, then this is the lesson for you!

    Let me guide you through my entire thought process when it comes to improv playing, from first hearing a track through to identifying which scales, arpeggios and notes I think will work over it. I also show you how to use this information to solo and improvise in any position on the fretboard, with plenty of tips and insights along the way!

  • Storms Solo Breakdown
    Intermediate
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    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!

  • The Combo Lick
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    This lick combines a number of different sounds from pentatonic to minor to diminished, as well as transitioning between alternate and sweep picking in a fast and frantic way.

    In this lesson, I’m going to break down the full lick and explain all of the different approaches I use to make it happen, as well as exactly how I’m able to transition so quickly between sweep and alternate picking at high speeds.

  • 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.

  • The Inspiration Toolbox
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 11 Videos
    • 52 Mins

    The Inspiration Toolbox is absolutely packed full of quick and easy licks, techniques and approaches that you just have to try. No matter what level you’re at – if you feel like you’re playing the same licks and making the same sounds on your guitar you’re going to get something from this lesson.

    In this 10 part mini-series, we’re going to cover everything from diminished sweeping licks, to working with limited intervals, to adding a cool new spin to your bending. I also show you how to introduce outside and passing notes into your playing, this alone separates your sound from many other guitarists!

  • Blues Fusion
    Intermediate
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    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.