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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    Being able to switch fluently between different techniques is really important, so I’ve put together a shred lick which features a combination of alternate and sweep picking to help you nail this transition seamlessly.

    If you’re new to shredding this is a great lick to get started with and I include a lot of tips and insights that will set you up on the right track to become a shred monster in no time!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 15 Mins

    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!

  • Don’t Get Stuck
    Intermediate
    Backing Track
    Don’t Get Stuck
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 25 Mins

    We all know the feeling – no matter how much you practice at home, you pick up a guitar in a store or get on stage and your mind goes completely blank!

    Let’s make sure that never happens to you again! Learn these improv tips and techniques and next time you’re stuck you’ll always have something cool to fall back on.

  • Black Line Shred Lick
    Intermediate
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    Tim Hutchinson
    • 3 Videos
    • 16 Mins

    Today I’m going to show you one of my favourite go-to shred licks. This lick features a variety of techniques – sweep picking, hammer ons, pull offs – and a lot of muting to go along with those to improve your note separation and clarity.

    Before we get into the lick itself I’m also going to demonstrate my approach to playing major arpeggios – so that you can apply these skills to your own playing and licks!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to show you two very different approaches to using Legato. We’re gonna cover that real fast old-school 90s style before moving right to the present with my current approach to Legato. It’s much more subtle, and allows for some killer note combinations.

    I’ve also included a mighty exercise that’s guaranteed to give you melon crushing abilities 🍉 🥋

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 11 Mins

    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!

  • 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!

  • Blazing Speed Hack
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 15 Mins

    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.

  • Follow The Light
    Advanced
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    In this lesson I break down one of my tracks called Follow The Light. First we’ll break down the intro and chord sections, which sound really huge and busy, but in fact are really straightforward – once you know the secrets!

    The shred part of this track can be pretty difficult though! It contains a lot of different techniques but I’ll break the whole thing down for you piece by piece. I’ll even give you an exercise to practice to help you nail the toughest parts.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    Today I’m going to take you up to the Shred Club HQ for 6 absolutely killer, finger ripping shred exercises that are going to get you shredding out of your mind!

    We’re going to start off by getting your left hand on fire, then concentrate on the picking hand, before finally pulling out all the stops with some insane tapping exercises to really get your blood pumping.