Technique

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
    • 5 Videos
    • 29 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to give you a full breakdown of all of the mechanics and movements involved in sweep picking so that you can learn everything you need to nail this awesome technique.

    I start with the basics, including the best methods for holding the pick correctly so that you can sweep through the strings like a warm knife through butter! As you progress through the lesson you’ll learn multiple sweeping patterns and how to put everything together so you can use this technique in the real world to deliver some awesome solo action!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 33 Mins

    This lesson covers everything you need to know to become a tapping master – whether you’re a beginner unsure how to get started with tapping or a more experienced player looking for some tips and inspiration to take your playing to the next level.

    We start with the basics such as how to transition from picking to tapping, common tapping patterns and changing notes with each hand. Once we’ve got the fundamentals down we’re going to crank it up to 11 with some fun advanced tapping techniques – let’s go!

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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.

  • Legato 101
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 32 Mins

    If you’ve wanted to incorporate legato into your playing this is the lesson for you – I’m going to give you all of the tools and information you need to incorporate this fun and explosive technique into your playing today!

    This lesson covers the fundamentals relating to the tone and mechanics of legato playing, as well as some deep dives into various ways I use legato in my own playing. It’s packed with tips and tricks as well as a selection of simple, quick exercises that will take your legato chops to the next level.

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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!