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  • Drive Riff
    Easy
    Tabs
    Backing Track
    Drive Riff
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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 15 Mins

    In this lesson we’re going to take a few nice sounding chords and use them to build a chord progression packed full of groove, flow and all of the details that make it sound absolutely popping.

    As we move forward step-by-step I’ll show you all of the subtle tips and tricks I use to turn simple chords into something amazing. Even better, you’ll be able to use the techniques I show you to instantly transform your old riffs and song ideas by injecting them with extra detail and expression!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 29 Mins
    In this lesson I’m going to teach you a super effective songwriting method that uses simple chord shapes and some basic music theory based around intervals, which is really easy to understand even if you’ve never learned theory before.
    As well as helping you to find inspiration and write songs, this method will also help you to visualise the fretboard and how the notes relate to each other, so it will really help you to feel more comfortable and confident moving around the neck.
  • Constructing a Great Solo
    Intermediate
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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.

  • Instagram Licks II
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 29 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to break down an entertaining but challenging sequence that I wrote for a fun social media post. As well as teaching you how to play the parts I’m also going to explain how I wrote, recorded and edited this post for Instagram.

    I’m going to break everything down for you step-by-step so that you have everything you need to get this piece nailed – as well as all my secrets and tips on how to make a great piece of guitar content for social media.

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    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!

  • Distorted Dreams Solo 2
    Advanced
    Tabs
    Backing Track
    Distorted Dreams Solo 2
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    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!

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    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!