Song Writing Tips (Guitar Lesson)


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Steve Stevens

Song Writing Tips

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

Taught by Steve Stevens in Lessons With Steve Stevens seriesLength: 12:00Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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Daveyboy31Daveyboy31 replied on November 11th, 2016

Yngwie Numbsteen

travhesttravhest replied on June 2nd, 2016

Always enjoy listening to Steve Stevens talking about guitar. Always insightful tips, always articulately expressed With something useful and helpful to take away to practice. Thank you Steve!

ryanradooryanradoo replied on May 8th, 2015

just what i needed, have been recording stuff from freshman to senior year. i am now listening back and putting it all together and making a graduation album with some buddies, going to be very nostalgic and amazing. The one thing i do is overthink a song, hearing you talk about taking ideas to people and having them help you disect it really puts faith in our album, thank you!

myjamplaysmyjamplays replied on May 14th, 2013

Great work Steve just tell it how it is, honest. great mate. Loved rebel yell I was a teenager :) and white wedding :) and eyes with out a face. great songs.

stargtrstargtr replied on November 28th, 2012

He's an honest,down-to-earth bloke.... many less talented players hide their secrets and make everything they do seem larger than life. In reality many years playing and unswerving belief and hard work pay off and Steve puts that across poetically.

rockgod1rockgod1 replied on November 19th, 2012

I Have ideas that come to me when I am not playing. Sometimes the ideas I have in my head I don't have the ability to play yet.

rockgod1rockgod1 replied on November 19th, 2012

I Have ideas that come to me when I am not playing. Sometimes the ideas I have in my head I don't have the ability to play yet.

buckeyestevebuckeyesteve replied on November 10th, 2012

Thanks Steve, great lesson. Love your insight as much as your playing.

f3l18ipsk8ermf3l18ipsk8erm replied on November 9th, 2012

cool stuff.

Lessons With Steve Stevens

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Take lessons with rock legend Steve Stevens, guitarist for Billy Idol.



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 FREE
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.

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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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