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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!

  • 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.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 16 Mins

    This question comes from Liam who is having some trouble with alternate picking runs. He’s fine going from the high to low strings, but changing direction seems to require a great deal more concentration and is causing him to trip up. This is a tough problem and I totally understand the frustration, but I do have a solution!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 30 Mins

    Do you know what makes a great solo? In this lesson I break down the entire process of how you can construct an effective guitar solo from scratch.

    I start at the very beginning and teach you what you should think about before you play your first note, guiding you through the process of developing your initial ideas over time and refining them into an amazing solo. I’ve also made sure to pack in tons of practical tips along the way to give you inspiration and make sure that you never get stuck throughout the process.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 2 Videos
    • 22 Mins

    This solo breakdown from You and Me by McRocklin & Hutch is quite simple to learn but tricky to master. It’s all about phrasing and delivery, packed full of details that will allow you to take simple lines and make them sound much more complex than they really are.

    This lesson is also packed full of solo tips that will change your playing forever – including how to think ahead with fingering so you never feel rushed and make less mistakes.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 5 Videos
    • 31 Mins

    Are you one of those guitarists who struggle to play in sync with a drum groove?

    This lesson is really going to help you improve your sense of timing and rhythm. I’m going to show you how to tightly lock your guitar playing into any drum beat.

    We’ll start off with a really simple phrase and get it locked in tightly before we spice it up with some cool rhythmic patterns and techniques. As an added bonus I’ll also teach you my favourite hack which lets you fit licks into any passage super easily.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 3 Videos
    • 24 Mins

    In this lesson I’m going to teach you a lick that uses blazing 3 note per string patterns and combines pentatonic and minor sounds as you switch between the strings.

    When most people try combining pentatonic and minor sounds they tend to play a blues lick followed by a minor lick or vice versa, but I prefer to jump back and forth between the two scales seamlessly to create unique sounding phrases.

    I do this a lot in my playing and I hope that it will inspire you to create some unique sounding licks of your own!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 44 Mins

    This lesson is all about percussive strumming and everything that goes with it! We start right with the basics of how you need to control each of your hands and build things up from there until you’re able to play these awesome, unique sounding licks.

    I even show you some cool ways to break up chords, introduce tap extensions and more – in fact the final part of this lesson contains possibly the most mind-blowing technique that I’ve ever heard!

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 6 Videos
    • 27 Mins

    The acoustic guitar is such an amazing sounding instrument, both for playing stand-alone and for adding an extra dimension to tracks in production. So even if you’re a hardcore shredder, knowing how to get the most out of an acoustic guitar is essential.

    In this lesson I share with you 5 of my most essential techniques for playing acoustic guitar.

  • Thomas McRocklin
    • 4 Videos
    • 34 Mins

    I love to combine sweeping and tapping together, it’s a technique I use all the time and in this lesson I’m going to show you three ways to implement this in your own playing.

    Using these techniques together allows you to come up with fresh and interesting note combinations, and spice up boring licks. You can also use them to also unlock something very special which will completely transform your playing and take you to a whole new level!