Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks Guitar Lessons

Something that's often missed in online guitar lessons are all of the tips and tricks that you pick up over the years as a professional guitarist. In our guitar lessons we try to include as many of these real-world tips as possible, so that even if you can't quite master the concepts or licks you're learning, you can always take something from our lessons to apply to your playing straight away.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 11 Videos
    • 44 Mins

    Bending is such an important part of playing guitar – it’s a crucial technique to have in your arsenal and it’s worth taking the time to get it right.

    In this lesson I break down the fundamentals of bending and answer the most commonly asked questions about the technique. I also share a few of my top secret tips so that you can learn all of the tools you need to become a bending master.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 15 Mins

    One of the most effective methods I use to improve the speed and smoothness of guitar licks is to take a step back and explore different ways to optimise what I’m playing.

    This can feel uncomfortable at first as you need to retrain your brain – and fingers – to approach things in a different way, but once you begin applying this simple concept to your playing you’ll begin to open up new ways to play licks faster and more fluently, whilst saving literally hours and hours of practice time!

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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.

  • 5 Levels of Soloing
    Easy
    Backing Track
    5 Levels of Soloing
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 34 Mins

    Do you ever wonder how you can take a guitar solo from simple to mind-blowing? In this lesson I’m going to show you 5 different levels of soloing that will gradually get more advanced as you progress through.

    Starting at Level 1 we’ll focus on your timing and groove before adding embellishments such as slides, bends and vibrato. As we move up through each level I’ll show you how to incorporate techniques such as sweeping, hybrid picking and tapping whilst also working on fundamentals such as note choice, dynamics and phrasing to build up all of the elements you need for an awesome solo!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 28 Mins

    If you’ve ever had stage fright, felt nervous playing in front of others, or panic about making mistakes then this is the lesson for you.

    Playing live can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with the right kind of preparation you will be able to feel much more confident in your ability to perform live, so when you step on stage you know what to expect and can relax and have fun! In this lesson I’m going to share some of the tips and insights I’ve picked up over the years to help you to get ready for your next live show, so that you can step on stage with confidence and absolutely nail your performance.

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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

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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!

  • Instagram Licks II
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 29 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to break down an entertaining but challenging sequence that I wrote for a fun social media post. As well as teaching you how to play the parts I’m also going to explain how I wrote, recorded and edited this post for Instagram.

    I’m going to break everything down for you step-by-step so that you have everything you need to get this piece nailed – as well as all my secrets and tips on how to make a great piece of guitar content for social media.

  • 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!