Picking Guitar Lessons

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  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 13 Mins

    Today we’re going to check out a picking question from School of McRock member James. He seems to be struggling when it comes to picking speed to let’s see what suggestions we can come up with!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 16 Mins

    This question comes from Liam who is having some trouble with alternate picking runs. He’s fine going from the high to low strings, but changing direction seems to require a great deal more concentration and is causing him to trip up. This is a tough problem and I totally understand the frustration, but I do have a solution!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 24 Mins

    Hybrid picking sounds sounds super complicated, but it’s actually quite easy to pick up. In this lesson I break this technique down to teach you everything you need to know so you can start incorporating it into your playing – today!

    We’ll start with the basics – what exactly is hybrid picking and how do you pull it off? I’ll show you why this is such a cool technique, how to practice it effectively, when to use it and which tones it works best with. Even if you’ve never tried it before, by the end of this lesson you’ll be able to start using hybrid picking in your playing.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 38 Mins

    Today I wanted to show you how I like to use .8th pattern delays to create really interesting sounding licks.

    There’s actually quite a lot of work that goes into making this effect sound great such as way you approach your picking, how you’re muting, your left hand work and more… let me break it down for you!

  • 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.

  • Tim Hutchinson
    • 5 Videos
    • 21 Mins

    There’s a lot of information out there about pick slanting, but what is the correct information for you and how can you start using it to improve your playing?

    The good news is: I’ve done the research for you!

    I’ve put together this definitive guide to the subject, which will explain exactly what pick slanting is and how you can start using it within your playing – without undoing any of your existing technique.

  • Kieran Johnston
    • 3 Videos
    • 8 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to teach you an awesome alternate picking lick inspired by the likes of John Petrucci and Paul Gilbert.

    If you’ve seen my instagram you’ll probably notice I like playing this lick – a lot! Now you can too! I’ll even teach you an exercise that will help you nail that nice clean pick attack. Let’s get to it!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 7 Videos
    • 22 Mins

    Does your playing turn to mush when you try to pick at a high speed? In this lesson I’m going to take you on an epic picking journey and show you everything you need to know to improve your picking speed without sacrificing note clarity.

    We’re going to push your hands to their physical limits –  and then I’ll show you the only exercises you ever need to know to level up your picking speed (including a pattern which has improved my picking speed more than any other exercise I’ve ever learned).

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 8 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    A lot of people approach picking as a black and white thing but the right hand is often capable of adding so much to your playing than you might think!

    In this video I’m going to go right from the top, breaking down my entire approach to picking and teaching you how properly utilise picking techniques to unlock extra expression in your playing, power in your chords and speed in your licks.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 18 Mins

    I absolutely love chromatics, when used in the right place they can add some crazy sounds to licks and solos!

    When you’re practicing chromatics there are few different ways you can do it, and there are a few things that can trip you up.

    In this lesson we’re going to talk about some of my favourite patterns to use, how to practice them and also how chromatics can really help improve your picking technique.