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Technique Guitar Lessons

Learning new guitar techniques is the best way to add more variety to your playing and help you progress as a guitarist. Our guitar technique lessons cover everything from sweeping, tapping, different picking styles, and anything else you can think of! We have lessons that will push you to become a better guitar player no matter what stage you are currently at - from beginner to advanced.
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 22 Mins

    When I was younger I followed a very structured practice routine for 8-10 hours a day, but it’s very hard to dedicate that amount of time to guitar when you have other commitments to keep!

    In reality, we all have those days when you only have a few minutes available to practice, so in this lesson I’m going to show you how to develop a routine that works for you and helps you improve your technique, strength, speed and dexterity even when you’re really limited on the time you have available.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 37 Mins

    People often make the mistake of thinking that guitarists must have huge hands or really long fingers, people assume this about me all the time! In reality my hands are completely average-sized but this doesn’t mean that my reach has to be average…

    In this lesson I’m going to show you multiple ways you can stretch your fretting hand to improve your reach, build up your finger strength and transform your playing for the better. If you’ve been practicing hard but feel like you aren’t seeing the gains you should be, then this could be the lesson that changes everything for you.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 27 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to show you how to move quickly up and down the fretboard, changing positions with ease to open up new playing opportunities all over the guitar neck.

    I cover a lot of elements in this lesson from posture, practicing, developing technique, building confidence and more – covering all of the elements you need to be able to shift positions seamlessly. I’ve even thrown in a couple of killer exercises that will really help you develop this important skill and blaze up and down the fretboard

  • Bend, Slide, Bend
    Intermediate
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    Bend, Slide, Bend
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 24 Mins

    Bending and sliding are both important guitar techniques, but how about putting them together? In this lesson I’m going to teach you a cool technique that combines bending and sliding and is definitely worth having in your arsenal.

    Along the way I’m going to be dropping loads of tips on both bending and sliding, so that you can absolutely nail those bends with power and accuracy time and time again, and slide around the neck quickly and smoothly even if you suffer from sticky hands!

  • Finger Strength and Dexterity
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 35 Mins

    In this lesson, we’re going to be working on finger strength and dexterity – two very important areas for any guitarist – using a range of practical and fun approaches.

    Whilst we walk through these different playing styles I’ll also be dropping in some of my top tips related to fingering and hand positioning to help improve your overall technique.

  • Pick Slanting
    Intermediate
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    Tim Hutchinson
    • 2 Videos
    • 14 Mins

    Have you ever looked down at your right hand when you’re picking and noticed how much it’s bobbing up and down? If so, it might be time to learn about pick slanting – a subtle technique that helps you cross strings really smoothly when alternate picking, even at crazy fast speeds.

    In this lesson, we’re going to dive deeply into all of the mechanics around pick slanting using a bunch of cool licks and patterns that will help you improve your technique and sound awesome while you’re doing it.

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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!

  • How To Play Fast
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 40 Mins

    Everyone loves to play fast, right? But there’s a big difference between sloppy licks and exciting, articulate but blazing fast playing.

    In this lesson, I’m going to show you all of my tips and tricks on how to play fast, from how to practice properly right through to how to incorporate your newfound speed into your playing in a tasteful way. Trust me, when we’re done you’re gonna be unstoppable.

  • Modern Octaves
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 31 Mins

    Are you looking for some inspiration? In this lesson, I will show how to take boring, tired-sounding octaves and use them to add a uniquely fresh, modern twist to your playing.

    From melody insights to techniques and riffs, we’re going to push this humble technique to the limit and have fun while we do it! It might get challenging in places, but trust me – by the end of this lesson you will be a much more creative guitarist. Let’s go!

  • SUDO Solo 2 Breakdown
    Advanced
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 33 Mins

    In this lesson, I’m going to teach you the 2nd solo from my track SUDO. This is an incredibly difficult solo to perform, but what’s interesting about it is that it doesn’t take too long for you to learn the notes, and even be able to play along at the pace of the record – it’s all of the additional details that make it so difficult but interesting to play.

    So first I’ll break the solo down for you, but then I’m gonna show you every little piece of the puzzle that you need to deliver it with the same attitude and phrasing of the record. It’s a lot of fun, and the impact it has on your finger dexterity is amazing, after playing this solo for a while I felt like my fingers had been taken to the next level!

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