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Lita Ford

Artist Series Introduction

Lita Ford, guitarist for The Runaways, presents a fantastic and in depth series on what it was like and what it took professionally to become a famous female guitarist back in the late 70's and early 80's.

Taught by Lita Ford in Lita Ford Artist Series seriesLength: 1:38Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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Lita Ford Artist Series

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Lita Ford who is the guitarist for the band "The Runaways" will present a series that will include the knowledge and personal experiences of what it was like to be a prime female guitarist in the late 70's and early 80's.



Lesson 1

Artist Series Introduction

Lita Ford, guitarist for The Runaways, presents a fantastic and in depth series on what it was like and what it took professionally to become a famous female guitarist back in the late 70's and early 80's.

Length: 1:38 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Lita's Toolbox

Lita will explain some of the most important gear and equipment that she utilizes while on the road.

Length: 7:02 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Song Dynamics

Lita divulges some tips she has learned over the years while being a professional touring artist. She explains the importance of song dynamics and how they can create emotion for the listener.

Length: 5:59 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Power & Crunch

Lita will now demonstrate some quick tips on how she produces the power and crunch behind her sound. This can be used in a variety of ways to create more emotion and emphasis.

Length: 5:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Picking Techniques

Lita covers some of the picking techniques she likes to utilize during a live performance.

Length: 4:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Picking Techniques Continued

Following her last lesson, here Lita demonstrates some more advanced picking techniques such as alternate picking and sweep picking.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Wah Techniques

Lita Ford utilizes a multitude of tools to help create her sound and style. In this lesson, she demonstrates how the wah-wah pedal can be used in both a rhythm and lead context.

Length: 8:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Vibrato & Sustain

In Lesson 8, Lita delves into the topics of both Vibrato and Sustain. These techniques can be used to enhance your sound dramatically.

Length: 7:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Building a Solo

Lita presents a fantastic and quick look at her tips on how to develop a unique solo.

Length: 7:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Volume Control

Lita demonstrates a great representation of how volume can create emotion. Learn how volume can induce creation and emotion, Lita will cove all aspects that influence such a great tool!

Length: 5:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Singing & Playing

Lita presents some tips on how to sing while playing your guitar. This can be tough at first but with practice you will find yourself singing and playing in no time!

Length: 11:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Songwriting

Anything in life can inspire a song. Lita will breakdown some of her life experience and how they can be influenced into writing a song. There are techniques and ways to go about building a song, and Lita...

Length: 8:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Soundchecks

This is a simple yet important topic. Soundchecks are crucial to getting a correct sound for any venue, and Lita discusses some of her tips on how to have a successful soundcheck.

Length: 8:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Acoustic Guitars

In this lesson, Lita discusses the acoustic guitar as well as her thoughts on how she uses the instrument in her music.

Length: 8:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Style and Technique

In lesson 17 of her artist series, Lita discusses creating your own style and techniques. While it's important to have influences on your music, to be successful in the business you need to be you, not...

Length: 4:36 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only

About Lita Ford View Full Biography

To LITA FORD, the title of her new solo album Living Like A Runaway has two deep and distinct meanings: The first refers to her first band The Runaways, which she was a member of between 1975 and 1980, achieving her international breakthrough. The second reason is of a much more personal nature: “There have been days in my life when I ran away, when I was unhappy and had to get out of my previous life,” LITA confesses. “It‘s like walking through fire and being able to come through the other side unscathed.” She continues, “I wanted to write an album which gives people courage, inspires them and gives them new power, in other words the power of music. As it has done for me on difficult days, I want this music to help people to get through tough times, while remembering their happy times as well. It’s happened to me plenty of times: fans come up to me and tell me how my songs have helped them in difficult situations, in a way it is almost like a soundtrack to their lives.”




Living Like A Runaway will be released on SPV/Steamhammer June 18th 2012 (USA: June 19th; Germany: June 15th). The album will be available in five different formats: as a limited edition digipak featuring two bonus tracks and a poster, as a gatefold double LP, a jewel case version, an exclusive iTunes version including a bonus track, and for download.


LITA FORD has teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period. FORD is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate’, and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.


In addition to lead vocals, LITA and Hoey have arranged beautiful and melodic guitar harmonies rather than just rattling off a bunch of notes. Also contributing to the album is Nikki Sixx who wrote "A Song to Slit Your Wrist By" which was taken by LITA and completely transformed into a nasty industrial style track with a real F You! attitude. On the track "Bad Neighborhood" guitarist Doug Aldrich provided the riff, which LITA says, “is a high energy guitar riff that carries the song.” Elton John also gave his blessing to LITA to do a cover of his classic "The Bitch is Back", featuring special guests The Uptown Horns.


Unlike many albums today, Living Like a Runaway is an album that truly must be heard in its entirety from start to finish. “Listeners shouldn’t pick out individual tracks but listen to the full album,” says FORD. “It’s a fascinating musical journey, inspired by Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. I had seen a documentary about Dark Side of the Moon and it really motivated me to focus on Living Like a Runaway as a whole journey rather just an individual song.


A British born rocker who grew up on the streets of L.A., Lita Ford is considered one of the most important female representatives of the rock genre. Being a founding member of the Runaways, one of the first girl groups who unexpectedly broke down barriers in the punk era as well as the male-dominated world of rock music, causing a stir with their six rebellious releases.


Following the demise of the Runaways, LITA FORD concentrated on her own career and now looks back on many memorable hits including: the chart topping duet with Ozzy Osbourne "Close Your Eyes Forever", "What Do You Know About Love", "Shot Of Poison", "Larger Than Life" and "Kiss Me Deadly." With the release of Living Like a Runaway, expect many more songs to be added to the list of hits.

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