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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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    Drive Riff
    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!

  • 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.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 17 Mins

    One of the most common questions I get asked is: “How do I break out from playing the same licks right in the middle of the fretboard all of the time”

    I’m going to show you some scales that all link up together and explain how you can use them to unlock the entire fretboard – giving you much more clarity on how to can come up with great note choices, breathe some fresh life into your playing and improve your improvisation skills in any key.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 18 Mins

    I absolutely love chromatics, when used in the right place they can add some crazy sounds to licks and solos!

    When you’re practicing chromatics there are few different ways you can do it, and there are a few things that can trip you up.

    In this lesson we’re going to talk about some of my favourite patterns to use, how to practice them and also how chromatics can really help improve your picking technique.