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  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    Do you know what makes a great solo? In this lesson I break down the entire process of how you can construct an effective guitar solo from scratch.

    I start at the very beginning and teach you what you should think about before you play your first note, guiding you through the process of developing your initial ideas over time and refining them into an amazing solo. I’ve also made sure to pack in tons of practical tips along the way to give you inspiration and make sure that you never get stuck throughout the process.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 20 Mins

    Recently I was writing a new riff and I wasn’t quite sure where I wanted to go with it. It features a lot of interesting techniques which I’m going to break down for you…

    …but it’s not finished yet! That’s where you come in. I want you to learn my parts, then write your own ending and share your version with me in the members chat. Let’s do this!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 36 Mins

    In this lesson I break down the verse, chorus and middle 8 from a track of mine called New Beginnings and show you a variety of techniques that I use to create interesting note combinations and disguise common scales and patterns to elevate otherwise simple phrases.

    If you’re looking to spice up your riffs and create some killer lead sounds using notes and scales that you probably already know then this is a great place to start!

  • Tabs
    Backing Track
    Distorted Dreams Solo 2
    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    In this lesson I break down the 2nd solo from Distorted Dreams by my band McRocklin and Hutch. This is a really challenging but rewarding solo to learn. It features a couple of awesome techniques, without them this solo wouldn’t be possible.

    As the solo progresses, it introduces new note choices, new modes and sounds. Constructing a solo in this way keeps the listener interested – and I’ll teach you how to do that as well. So download the backing track and the tabs… I’m going show you all of the techniques and insights so that you have everything you need to make this solo happen!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 23 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to break down the chord progression from one of my tracks – Square Dreamz.

    But we’re going to go deeper than that… much deeper! I’m going to show you exactly how I wrote this track by using melody to lead the chords without thinking too much about theory! I’ll teach you this method so you can use it to write awesome sounding chord progressions yourself.

  • Tabs
    Backing Track
    Drive Riff
    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 19 Mins

    Today we’re going to break down a track of mine called Drive. We’re going to break down the techniques involved and show you how to use controlled, slow sweeping to create a really cool effect on the arpeggios – I’ve included an exercise that will really help you master this technique.

    I’ll also show you how you can write and come up with a concept like this by linking together simple ideas and turning them into something mindblowing!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 8 Mins

    Sometimes I even surprise myself when I post a lick video to Instagram – I probably spend a total of 5-10 minutes to come up with an idea, record and post it.

    In this video I’m going to break down a simple yet popular lick that I posted to Instagram which got a lot of positive attention. I’ll show you how I came up with the idea and then we’ll break down the lick itself an learn it!