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  • Backing Track
    5 Levels of Soloing
    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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.