I posted a video on how I wrote the solo (at 16:52) with tabs at my Patreon: https://bit.ly/35Ll3x1
Riffing with Modes part 2- Dorian Dad Rock:https://youtu.be/_r6ftqp1bkA
This is the first of a seven part series on how to write riffs. Every guitarist should be able to make a decent riff, and throughout these videos, I’ll be demonstrating the strategies and techniques I use to writing music on the guitar.
Each video will focus on a different mode of major, but will not always be totally limited to that key. In the case of this video, we perform a relative modulation by resolving to the vi chord for long enough to make it feel like our new tonal center. In future videos, we’ll build on the skills we learned before and explore new possibilities.
To fully understand this video you’ll want to know the following topics-
Major Scale + Chords: https://youtu.be/M8eItITv8QA
Seventh Chords: https://youtu.be/3JizNRwHYNY
Suspended Chords Pt 1: https://youtu.be/qu49nYaBfdM
This guitar solo was not easy for me, especially on my Strat. I had to practice it for several days and film it many times. I have about 40 minutes of footage of me failing to get it right, but I played it till II got a take that was good enough for me to post. All of the leads on my videos I film live so that the take you’re seeing is the take you’re hearing. I very very rarely make post-audio edits to my leads like fixing a bad bend or moving the timing of something, but if I do it’s always out of expediency. In this case I left it totally untouched with one exception- I slightly boosted the gain of the tapping section since it was noticeably quieter than the other parts. I hope you’ll afford me that luxury!
This video is brought to you by an incredible subsection of the human race known as MY PATREON SUBSCRIBERS. I owe them my thanks for their support, and so do you if you learned something from this video!
Special thanks to the following members:

Adam Granger
Bradley Bower
Brandon Combs
Christopher Swanson
Daniel Danciu
Darrin Goren
Don Dachenhausen III
Don Watters
Erik Lange
Joe Buote
John Arnold
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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 =)