Guitar tabs at my Patreon:
This giant lesson is essentially a mini documentary on how to create a classic rock 80s metal hit track. Of course it’s several decades late, but I certainly don’t mind- there’s so much to learn through out this process, from wielding music theory to collaborating with other musicians, and I believe this lesson does a good job of demonstrating that entire process and what it can lead to. It also features the one and only Kerry Devine as a guest vocalist to guide us through the twists and turns of melodies in the fifth mode. His work can be found here:
Rockstar Roadshow (National Act):
Chicagoland Area-
LAVA Rock:

All of this was done to highlight how to use the Mixolydian scale/mode but I got a bit carried away. Once I realized I was having a vocalist help, I felt obligated to turn it into a full single instead of a little musical tidbit as I’ve made in my other Riffing With The Modes videos. It takes me a TON of time to finish a single like this, well over 100hrs was spent just on the song for recording, tracking, editing, mixing, mastering, tweaking. The lesson video was nearly as taxing, but I did elicit some help in editing the basic parts of my music video so thanks to Joe Watychowicz for filming some of those fun 80s shots for the video and doing some basic editing work.

What’s really weird, is Ben Eller happened to post a video describing 80’s hair metal pedal tone riffing on the exact same day as I posted this video. Check out his video here to understand the concept in MUCH more detail!

The song will post separately as a music video here in a few days once the track is up on spotify. To be quite honest, I could talk for another 40 minutes about obscure and tiny decisions that HAD to have been made when producing this song but I had to reign it in somewhere, so if you’re interested in a part two let me know!

Videos mentioned or referenced this one:
ACDC + Mixolydian:
Metallica Scale:
Blues Lead lesson with microbends:

An incredible earnest thank you goes to my Patreon subscribers who sponsored this lesson. Without them I’d be doing review videos and jewelry ads instead of making music and lessons. A special shoutout to the following fine folks:

Adam Granger
Bradley Bower
Brandon Combs
Christopher Swanson
Daniel Danciu
Darrin Goren
Donal Botkin
Don Dachenhausen III
Don Watters
Erik Lange
Joe Buote
John Arnold
jon reddish
Kip Ingram
Linas Orentas
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Marc Bulandr
Marek Pawlowski
Markos Zouganelis
Morgan M.
Nick White
Patrick Ryan
Philip Sharp
Stephen Marz

0:00:37 – Mixolydian Vibe + Inspiration
0:02:55 – Writing An Intro Riff
0:06:49 – Recording and Producing an Intro
0:09:23 – Bass Guitar Options
0:12:00 – Intonation Issues with Major Thirds
0:14:35 – Writing a Verse with Movable Thirds
0:17:09 – Writing a Prechorus
0:20:22 – Writing a Chorus
0:22:17 – Using the Neutral Third
0:25:50 – Crafting a Solo Section
0:17:32 – Writing a Bridge
0:29:48 – Extra elements of a song
0:31:52 – WHAT’S COMIN’ TO YA?
0:25:48 – Composing with Intent
0:37:37 – Succesful Collaborations

Jake Lizzio

After performing in highschool bands and talent shows, I began teaching during my Senior Year in highschool at Crystal Lake South in 2004.

I went on to teach at Piano Trends Music Company in Crystal Lake, and there I began expanding my skills outside of just the guitar and began performing for weddings and private events. After leaving to teach privately, I began recording my students and myself.

This hobby eventually turned into a profession after I acquired the experience and equipment needed to produce quality audio and music. My goal now is to provide the highest quality online music lessons available and within reach to all who are interested.

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Music Theory and Songwriting Course FAQs

Probably! Only about 15% of this course is dedicated to the guitar, while the remaining concepts are taught in a way that can easily be applied to any other instrument. However, since all the theory taught is viewed through the lens of the guitar, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you own a guitar before pursuing this course to finish.
This is not a course on guitar playing or technique, but on theory and songwriting. The only skills you are expected to know is how to read guitar tablature, and the absolute basics of guitar playing (how to fret a note, open chords, etc)
I can confidently say that this method of learning will be more effective and valuable for many types of students. Since there is no wasted time or filler, it is more time-efficient than real life lessons where the teacher or student can get distracted. The printable materials are of a higher quality than most private lessons. And the ability to replay a lesson over and over is invaluable for students struggling to understand difficult topics.
Not quite- my YouTube channel explores more advanced topics without explaining the prerequisites. 95% of the content in this course is totally unique and unexplored on my channel, and is taught in a linear fashion as to make sure you’re totally competent by the end. There are only two lessons that include cross over with my YouTube channel. However, after some lessons, you are directed to specific YouTube videos I’ve produced to help expand on your understanding of the previous topics and to help weave my channel in with the course.
Nope! Once purchased you’ll have access for life, including any additional lessons or worksheets that get added in over time.
Currently, no. But I am working on getting a physical version of the course made instead of digital-only. Stay tuned!
If you are not satisfied with the course content or accessibility, you may request a refund within 30 days of purchase.
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Reach out to me directly on my email and let me know your situation, I might be able to help =)