Tips and Tricks Guitar Lessons Online - School of McRock
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
    • 2 Videos
    • 41 Mins

    In this lesson, I’m going to guide you through how you can use outside/passing notes to bring a fresh new sound to your playing – the type of thing that will take people by surprise and make their ears perk up and listen!

    These approaches will allow you to come up with cool and interesting new ways to deliver sequences and phrasing, as well as help you generate new ideas and riffs that you can use within your playing.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 7 Videos
    • 37 Mins

    We all have those days when you get to the end of the night and you haven’t practiced or even played the guitar and you want to feel like your fingers are progressing – like something has improved that day – but you only have 5 minutes… it happens to me all the time.

    In this lesson, I’m going to show you some of my favourite exercises that work out your right hand, stretch your left hand and are guaranteed to improve your ability and dexterity even when you only have 5 minutes to practice in the day. Let’s go!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 9 Videos
    • 43 Mins

    Before you even play the guitar, it’s really important to warm up and get yourself into the right frame of mind.

    I’m going to show you my top tips covering everything from posture, stretching, hand positioning, exercises and more so that whenever you play the guitar you’ll be at your best!

  • How to Riff Hard
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    How to Riff Hard
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 42 Mins

    Bring all the gain you’ve got because in this lesson we’re going to get your rhythm playing fired up and push things to the breaking point!

    We’re going to start from the top and break down everything you need to know to riff – hard. We’ll work on right-hand details, accents, chord strikes, fitting in licks between riffs and of course – how to get the perfect heavy ‘chug’ on your power chords.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 27 Mins

    Want to know how to get more speed and dexterity in your playing? Correctly adjusting your hand and thumb positioning to suit what you’re playing is something that I’ve seen guitarists get wrong time and time again and can unlock massive gains in a very short amount of time.

    That’s why in this lesson I’m going to focus on what’s going on round the back of the neck, showing you exactly what I do – in full detail – as I break down various techniques. Bending, sweeping, tapping, lead playing, riffing… everything you do is going to improve – a lot!

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 74 Mins

    After you’ve taken some time away from playing the guitar it can be tough to get back into the groove – both physically and mentally. What do you play in order to get your fingers back on track? How do you keep yourself motivated to improve?

    First of all, you need to get your fingers physically back into shape, and I have plenty of tips and insights for you on how I personally do that after taking some time away from playing. But it doesn’t matter how many exercises you learn if you’re not motivated to pick up your guitar, so I’m also going to share my best recommendations for sparking inspiration and staying motivated in order to become the best guitar player you can possibly be.

  • Blues Fusion
    Intermediate
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    Blues Fusion
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 34 Mins

    Blues guitar has such a classic, cool sound and in this lesson, I’m going to show you how to fuse some of the more soulful aspects of the genre into your progressive rock playing.

    I’ve got 5 different concepts to teach you that are heavily blues-influenced and I’ll be walking you through how they work and how you can apply them in a modern, progressive way.

  • Playing Over Chord Progressions
    Intermediate
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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 49 Mins

    Have you ever felt stuck while improvising over chords? As with all improvising, there isn’t only one correct way to do things but there are a few fundamental approaches that I use a lot in my own playing that I’d like to share with you.

    In this lesson I fire up a looper and play over several different chord progressions, pausing often to break down exactly how I approach different scenarios and share all of the techniques I use to come up with note choices and phrases on top of various styles of chord progression.

  • 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.

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    Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 45 Mins

    I’m about to give away all of my secrets and dissect everything that takes you from a good or great guitarist to an exceptional, pro-level player.

    I’m going to show you all of the approaches that professional players use to be able to play at the peak of their ability whilst also having fun doing it and most importantly, always being in full control of the instrument, no matter the situation. Everything you need to take your playing to the next level is in this lesson.

Thomas McRocklin

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