Rock Improvisation (Guitar Lesson)


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Steve Stevens

Rock Improvisation

Steve Stevens shows some of his go-to licks and ideas while improvising over a backing track he made.

Taught by Steve Stevens in Lessons With Steve Stevens seriesLength: 20:28Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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MaxguitaratmospheresMaxguitaratmospheres replied on June 5th, 2016

How can I download the track rock improvisation as an MP3 to listen to offline?

lucky13rockonlucky13rockon replied on December 2nd, 2015

I learned more from Lita Ford

lucky13rockonlucky13rockon replied on December 2nd, 2015

Fuck it Steve is amazing i need to slow this vid down some how.

GuitrGuy57GuitrGuy57 replied on July 25th, 2015

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GuitrGuy57GuitrGuy57 replied on July 25th, 2015

Thanks Steve, for this awesome series. I really have learned a lot! Hope there is more to come.

thomasross20thomasross20 replied on June 14th, 2015

I saw Steve play last night in Glasgow with Billy Idol and when I found out he did lessons on here - I signed up straight away. Total legend and love his ethos of always creating new sounds!

jpin109jpin109 replied on July 4th, 2014

I am just blown away. No words can describe how awesome Steve is. Just WOW

joemcsherryjoemcsherry replied on April 3rd, 2013

Thanks Steve you are truly amazing

mcollinfekkesmcollinfekkes replied on July 26th, 2013

its hard

carl balzancarl balzan replied on January 10th, 2013

Thanks Steve, Thanks Jam Play, awesome lessons by a great guitarist and may i say a great instructor, more from Steve PLEASE.

sathinatorsathinator replied on August 31st, 2012

As I still haven't won the lottery and been able to hire Steve as a personal guitar tutor, this will do very nicely in the meantime! Too cool. ;)

gibstratgibstrat replied on July 13th, 2012

awesome playing and awesome tone, another great player that uses those suhr guitars is the great scott henderson!!!!

gibstratgibstrat replied on July 13th, 2012

great lesson steve, and thank you very much for showing how you improvise over an rnr jam track. well done

gibstratgibstrat replied on July 2nd, 2012

Are you related to nikki sixx

gorbaggorbag replied on July 1st, 2012

I like how he had to cover up the boobs on his guitar

gorbaggorbag replied on July 1st, 2012

I mean don't

gilesgiles replied on July 14th, 2012

google for uncensored pics ... she has skull and cross-bone pasties so nothing too rude below the tape.

DanMusic1968DanMusic1968 replied on June 28th, 2012

Really liked your work with Terry Bozzio and Tony Levin years back so I'll have to give this a go.

wayne gilbertwayne gilbert replied on June 28th, 2012

good tempo and lead ideas.Your worth listening to.

johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied on June 23rd, 2012

Totally Awesome Steve!!! Gotta put this on my plate to learn, your great thanks for being here brother!!! (I know your a brother especially since I'm from Jersey and I know an east coast accent when I hear one {hehehe})

fnickeyfnickey replied on June 21st, 2012

Please do more...

kevinacekevinace replied on June 22nd, 2012

Plenty more in route!

darkailerondarkaileron replied on June 21st, 2012

Welcome aboard Mr. Stevens, loved the ideas explored in this lesson and I'm eager to see more.

jboothjbooth replied on June 21st, 2012

Love the lesson Steve, thanks!

chachochacho replied on June 20th, 2012

What a legend. The acoustic lesson for this would be a dream: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUL153ug9O8&feature=related

kevinacekevinace replied on June 22nd, 2012

We will be posting a "White Wedding" lesson soon (along with lessons for 3 other Billy Idol hits). Wooooo!!

foxboyfoxboy replied on June 20th, 2012

Way to go Steve and way to go Jamplay for bringing Steve here! Skill 6 out of 5 by the way ;-)

janrob14janrob14 replied on June 19th, 2012

I am honored to have such a great guitarist teaching! Nice job Jam Play! I saw Steve Stevens in Puerto Rico on May 9th, 1984. He was playing with Billy Idol, amazing show!

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on June 19th, 2012

too cool! awesome

fender benderfender bender replied on June 19th, 2012

Nice session! More Steve Stevens PLEASE!

MaccoroniMaccoroni replied on June 19th, 2012

Coooool. Stumbled over this lesson. Such a great guitarist and musician. Hope i can play some stuff you show. :-)

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on June 18th, 2012

Feels awesome knowing now that I was playing that rebel yell intro properly all this time. Nice tone.

jesperlindejesperlinde replied on June 18th, 2012

holy sh.... love your sound, AWESOME.!

mercurymercury replied on June 18th, 2012

Very cool! I assume this will eventually be posted in the Artist section of the website? Thanks for actively pursuing this level of guitarist, JamPlay.

Lessons With Steve Stevens

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Lesson 1

Rock Improvisation

Steve Stevens shows some of his go-to licks and ideas while improvising over a backing track he created for JamPlay.

Length: 20:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Blues Backing Improvisation

Steve continues his Artist series with another lesson on improvisation. In this lesson he plays over a blues based backing track and talks about different approaches to playing over it.

Length: 11:47 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Steve's Warmup Exercises

In this lesson Steve Stevens shows you his warmup routine and talks about the importance of warming up before you play.

Length: 7:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Alternate Picking Exercises

Known for his fierce alternate picking chops, Steve Stevens shows you exercises to beef up your picking.

Length: 9:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Whammy Bar Techniques

Steve shows you various whammy or "wang" bar techniques that he uses in his playing.

Length: 7:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Performance and Band Tips

Steve lectures on some topics he is more than qualified to be talking about; performance and being in a band.

Length: 8:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Song Writing Tips

Grammy award winner Steve Stevens talks about writing songs and shares insight into his process.

Length: 12:00 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Steve's Gear and Recording Philosophy

Billy Idol's guitarist, Steve Stevens, gives his opinion on gear and also how he records guitar in his home studio.

Length: 14:19 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Steve Stevens Interview

Topics include: early years, history with Billy Idol, winning a Grammy, recording with Michael Jackson, time with Vince Neil, and lots of good advice on guitar playing and being in a band.

Length: 27:46 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only

About Steve Stevens View Full Biography Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing for his years playing with Billy Idol but is also involved in solo efforts, collaborations, and is an in-demand session guitarist

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