Thin Lizzy 'Jailbreak' lesson (TG217)

Monster riffs, alien overlords and the start of something big: Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson dig into the title track of the album that proved Lizzy's saving grace.

Pick up Total Guitar issue 217 (on sale 8 July to 4 August) for an exclusive interview with Thin Lizzy's guitarists past and present including Scott Gorham, Brian Robertson, Midge Ure, Eric Bell, Vivianne Campbell and Richard Fortus. Read about the making of the song and get the backing track, a guide to nailing the guitar tones and the scales and chord diagrams from the tune.

Part One: Intro/verse

Part Two: Intro (lead)

Part Three: Chorus 1 (rhythm)

Part Four: Chorus 1 (lead)

Part Five: Pre-verse lead fills

Part Six: Chorus 2 variation

Part Seven: Chorus 2 (lead)

Part Eight: Breakdown

Part Nine: Middle

Part 10: Chorus 3 variation

Part 11: Chorus 3 (lead)

Composed by Phil Lynott
Tutor / audio: Jamie Hunt
Videographer: Martin Holmes

In the mag:

Read it!
Every song has a story. Where possible we speak to the musicians and studio technicians to explore the inspiration, as well as the writing and recording processes behind your favourite songs.

Get the sound!
As well as a backing track, every song comes with easy-to-read illustrated settings for amps and effects. This enables you to not only play classic riffs, solos and tunes, but to replicate the tone, too.

Backing tracks!
Every song you learn in the magazine comes with a backing track on your CD, so you can play the guitar parts along with a full band. The CD is just that, a CD of music, so you can play it anywhere and easily transfer the songs to your PC or MP3 player.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.