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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.
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 41 Mins

    Do you ever wonder how you can identify certain guitarists as soon as you hear them play a few notes? In this extra-special lesson, I’m going to take you on a journey to create your own unique sound on the guitar.

    The best thing is you don’t need to spend hours and hours learning theory and scales to do this! In fact, you’ll be shocked at how much mileage you can get out of the notes and scales you already know once you begin to apply the right techniques, and I’ll show you exactly how to do it.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 32 Mins

    This lesson is all about how to transition between two sections of a song. Whether you’re moving between a verse and chorus or two different parts of a riff, this underrated skill will have a huge impact on the quality of your songwriting.

    Mastering this technique will not only take your playing to the next level, but it will also blow the roof off your songwriting ability, and it’s actually quite a simple thing to master, so let’s get to it!

  • 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
    • 2 Videos
    • 21 Mins

    I want to show you a really cool lick that I’ve been playing around with for a few weeks which combines multiple techniques in a very cool way. This concept lends itself to many variations and that’s where your creativity comes in…

    In this lesson, I’m going to walk you through the techniques behind this lick, but instead of playing it note-for-note, I want you to apply your own note choices to it, then share what you come up with over in the McRocklin Discord – I can’t wait to see where you take this idea!

  • 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!