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): https://rockstarroadshow.com/
LAVA Rock: https://lavarockband.com/home
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! https://youtu.be/B4lWLqp0U6g
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: https://youtu.be/5kYsVpLtOmc
Metallica Scale: https://youtu.be/UuqvZDDm_bk
Blues Lead lesson with microbends: https://youtu.be/roVM2n2BX14
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:
Don Dachenhausen III
Lord of the Chords Live on Indiegogo Now!
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