Sweep Picking

Sweep Picking Guitar Lessons

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 8 Videos
    • 34 Mins

    In this lesson, I’ve teamed up with Hutch to bring you a selection of each of our favourite exercises covering things like legato, finger strength and dexterity, alternate picking, sweep picking and more!

    Most of these exercises are very quick and easy to learn, you can do most of them in just 20-40 seconds and with a few repetitions and they’ll have a massive impact on your strength, dexterity and ultimately your playing.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 41 Mins

    In this lesson, I’m going to show you how a variety of ways you can introduce melody and movement into chord progressions to make even simple chords sound really interesting.

    We’re going to jam around with some of my favourite concepts in real-time so that in addition to picking up some new techniques you can also gain valuable insights into how to apply them to your own playing.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 39 Mins

    If you feel like you get stuck playing vertically up and down in the same position, then you’ll love this lesson! It’s packed full of insights into how I approach playing the guitar and how you can combine multiple techniques and sounds together to open up the entire fretboard.

    We’re going to cover things like transitioning between alternate picking into sweeping, moving from chromatics into arpeggios and how to use ‘baby’ sweeps to enable licks and phrases that wouldn’t be possible otherwise and will keep your playing sounding fresh and interesting.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 33 Mins

    Sweeping is one of those techniques that I’ve seen people struggling with the most. When I sweep, I do it in a certain way and there’s one particular thing that makes all the difference in terms of making your sweeps really smooth.

    It’s a small detail that will make all the difference because when it comes to sweeping it’s easy to start off badly, and once this happens it’s very difficult to recover. So here it is, probably my best sweeping tip in a raw, uncut live lesson packed full of licks and ideas that you can take away and apply to your own playing.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 25 Mins

    In this lesson, I’ve got some concepts perfect for holiday noodling with your feet up on the sofa. From tremolo picking to sweep picking, these are simple patterns designed to sync up your right and left hands.

    These techniques are a game-changer once you nail them, offering fresh and cool-sounding licks. I also demonstrate how to blend the two styles of picking together, as well as some of my favourite shapes for diminished sounds as a special bonus.

  • Big Time Shred Licks
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 29 Mins

    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!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 15 Mins

    In this lesson I’ve got a really fun yet challenging lick that combines a number of different techniques and sounds together, jumping from alternate picking to economy and sweep picking, with rapid position shifts – even switching from a minor to pentatonic sound (and back again)!

    Not only do I break down the lick itself but I also show you the techniques involved so that you can become way more confident when it comes to applying these techniques to your own solos.

  • Changing Pace
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 24 Mins

    We’ve all heard guitarists perform a solo with nothing memorable or exciting about it. Maybe that’s even what it feels like when you begin to improvise – it’s too easy to fall into the trap of noodling at the same pace, using the same notes and not really changing much.

    What if you could still use the patterns and shapes that you already know, but transform those boring licks into something memorable and exciting? That’s what this lesson is all about, and that’s exactly what I’m going to show you. Let’s go!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 10 Mins

    This lick is packed full of sweeping, lightning-fast runs and unexpected slides โ€“ it’s like a full-blown fireworks display across the neck. If you struggle with making your transitions from alternate picking to sweeping or sliding smooth and seamless, this lesson is a must-watch.

    But that’s not all! I’ll also reveal a subtle eye-coordination trick that I personally rely on a lot in my playing. It’s all about enhancing your eye-to-hand accuracy, making it much easier to glide around the neck without making mistakes. This is a Fast Frets lesson, so you don’t need hours of free time to reap the benefits.

  • You and Me End Solo
    Intermediate
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    You and Me End Solo
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 25 Mins

    In this lesson, I break down the end solo from the McRocklin and Hutch track “You and Me.” It’s a mix of pentatonic, sweeps, tapping, and a minor outro.

    But that’s not all, because I also share insights into some of the challenges I faced when constructing this solo, which I hope will provide valuable insights that you can apply to your playing, especially when creating your own killer solos.

Thomas McRocklin

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