One of the most effective methods I use to improve the speed and smoothness of guitar licks is to take a step back and explore different ways to optimise what I’m playing.
This can feel uncomfortable at first as you need to retrain your brain – and fingers – to approach things in a different way, but once you begin applying this simple concept to your playing you’ll begin to open up new ways to play licks faster and more fluently, whilst saving literally hours and hours of practice time!
If for some reason you’ve never joined a live masterclass on School of McRock then fear not because we’ve edited this one down for you! The theme of this masterclass was all about solos, shred and how to construct your solos and improvised playing.
During this masterclass I break down my entire approach to shredding, walking you through what goes on in my head from the moment I hear a backing track through to improvising a complete solo. Along the way, I pause to take questions from members about various topics and answer them live. If you’re new to shred, this class will help you get started on your journey – if you’re more experienced, it’s packed full of valuable tips and insights you can use to improve your playing. Let’s do it!
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!
Did you know that by adding a couple of extra details to your playing, you can take 4 or 5 notes and transform them boring, vanilla licks into something truly memorable and impressive sounding?
I’m going to show you how to do precisely that, and help you take a giant leap toward becoming a killer shredder! This lesson is also packed full of inspiration, including some of my best tips on how to avoid trapping yourself into playing the same notes over and over so that you can improvise freely and unlock your creativity.
Get ready for the Ultimate Shred Workout… this lesson will transform you into a shred beast with just a few minutes of commitment per week!
I’ve put together a selection of key exercises designed to improve your speed, power and dexterity. Repeat the workout 2-3 times per week and you’ll become a shred master in no time! What are you waiting for? Click play and let’s do this!
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!
While it’s often possible to play very fast sequences purely with alternate picking, in this lesson I’m going to show you a simple hack that I use which makes it much easier to play an incredibly fast and impressive flurry of notes more easily and using far less energy.
The cool thing about this technique is you can apply it to any note combination on any strings you like, which gives you a powerful shortcut to be able to come up with blazing fast licks of your own.
We don’t have as much time to play the guitar as much as we’d like to, which is why I’ve put together some of my favourite exercises to create this killer workout!
This 5-minute guitar workout is perfect for those days where you’re really limited on time and just want to make some progression from your playing, or you can use it as the ultimate warmup to get your blood flowing before you start tracking and recording.
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!
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!
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