Theory

Theory Guitar Lessons

Music theory is a topic that can strike fear into the heart of many musicians, but don't worry - in our music theory guitar lessons we take the time to explain concepts in simple, practical ways so that you can concentrate on applying your new found knowledge into making music and feeling more confident when playing the guitar.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 20 Mins

    I use arpeggios all of the time within licks or to transition between different parts of the neck when soloing.

    In this video I’m going to show you the major and minor arpeggio shapes that I think everyone should know, as well as some 3 octave and diminished patterns that are a bit less common but still amazingly useful.

    I also explain the best practices for fingering these patterns, and how to think ahead when playing to ensure your fingers are in the correct position during a transition.

  • 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
    • 28 Mins

    I use harmonic minor in a lot of my playing and I love the sound it provides, but it can also sound very corny if you overuse it so I’ve developed a lot of techniques to blend it with other complementary scales so that it sounds unique and different, without being too distinctive.

    In this lesson I’ll teach you exactly how I use harmonic minor and go into detail on some my favourite scale positions (with tabs) to show you the best fingering options available.

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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
    • 5 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    This lesson is all about getting you really comfortable playing everywhere on the neck – without learning any scale positions at all!

    This is one of the first things I learned on guitar and is actually how I was able to shred from a very young age. It’s based on a very simple method that is really easy to learn and will make a huge difference to you when it comes to visualising the fretboard.

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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.
  • My Favourite Keys
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 39 Mins

    One of the questions I get asked a lot is – what tuning are you in? I always play in standard tuning, but the way you approach chords and phrasing in different keys can completely transform the way they sound.

    This lesson gives you all the insights into my approach to playing in my favourite keys. I’ll show you how to re-train your fingers to come up with some amazing sounds based on familiar shapes and how to layer harmonics onto chords to create epic soundscapes.

  • The World Of Pentatonics
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 7 Videos
    • 23 Mins

    Pentatonic scales are extremely useful but it’s very important to understand what they are and what you can do with them, or else your playing can easily become very boxed in.

    In this lesson I’m going to teach you all about pentatonic concepts and how I approach using them in my own playing. I’ll show you how you can keep your licks sounding fresh by jumping in and out of pentatonics and adding additional notes as well as contrasting them with additional arpeggios and scales – which is something I do all of the time!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    Do you find yourself stuck playing the same scales and patterns all the time?

    In this lesson we’re going to pick a few different keys to improvise in but we’re going to completely ban the obvious and comfortable scale positions you’re used to! Instead I’ll show you some cool new shapes and patterns to use which will force you into using new note choices and phrasing options to help you break out of your habits and breath new life into your playing!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 32 Mins

    When you think of harmonics you probably imagine squealing dive bombs, but they are also an amazing tool to use when improvising to add an extra dimension to your playing.

    In this lesson we’re going to explore harmonics in three different keys, and the multiple ways that you can use them to add sustain, create tension and explore new sounds! If you’ve been feeling stuck for ideas or are looking to inject some new sounds into your playing then this lesson is exactly what you’ve been waiting for!