Right Hand Overload (Guitar Lesson)


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Dennis Hodges

Right Hand Overload

In this lesson, Dennis covers right hand techniques that relate to metal style playing. Topics include string skipping, speed bursts, and accent displacement. He also includes some example riffs that will help you practice these techniques.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal with Dennis seriesLength: 52:11Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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skincladskinclad replied on September 28th, 2016

oh man, I know this vid is older than I me commenting but you gotta cringe a bit at the Joey Jordison part, mean just recently told the public he has muscular sclerosis

hiphopguitarist.comhiphopguitarist.com replied on January 22nd, 2016

I gotta say this has been an excellent investment in my music producing and playing ability. I've only spent 80 bucks so far and already have material for an entire song.

duvexyduvexy replied on December 23rd, 2013

Good lesson as always Dennis. The string skip really threw me off. I am really going to have to focus really hard on that more. I am glad you bought that to the forefront. Challenge is good. \m/

eknisleyeknisley replied on June 19th, 2012

bad boy bad boys....whatcha gonna do? whatcha gonna do when they come for you

sinr764sinr764 replied on March 18th, 2012

dennise been using ur lessons for 2 months now is there any metal riffs with tabs to practice??/real song riffs or can u direct me to a site for [email protected]

alexaffectsalexaffects replied on March 17th, 2012

i thumbed up everyones comment

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on July 20th, 2011

wow! what's with all the thumbs down on people's comments?

Bill67Bill67 replied on February 28th, 2012

you are a master teacher. When are you going to add more lessions.

palii3palii3 replied on April 30th, 2011

hey dennis love your lessons, i pick using my wrist and i use my pinky as an anchor is this bad?

fball19fball19 replied on June 1st, 2011

so do i!!!i guess its not bad!!because dave mustaine does it too...

darklife666darklife666 replied on December 21st, 2010

string skip is very nice thanks

aaronjamaaronjam replied on October 8th, 2010

in scene 2 at the end he's playing creep by radio head lol

hassertthassertt replied on April 24th, 2010

You start on the 5th fret not third?

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on May 31st, 2010

really, you could start on any fret. That's not the most important part; the rhythm and synchronization between hands is more important. You could start on the 11th fret and it will still be fine.

gorbaggorbag replied on January 11th, 2010

I especially think the speed bursts are a useful exercise with a metronome. Throwing in some chromatic sequences during alternate picking is good practice.

jonathon594jonathon594 replied on November 19th, 2009

i tremelo pick faster with my wrist :L i aggree with dennis, smaller movement is faster...

cyanide cloudcyanide cloud replied on November 18th, 2009

I have been waiting for this lesson. :)

joel13joel13 replied on November 18th, 2009

i loved right hand overload, and i didnt expect this to be anything less. i was right =)

cmp1969cmp1969 replied on November 18th, 2009

Thanks Dennis. I have been waiting for this.

J.artmanJ.artman replied on November 18th, 2009

"If you play a left handed guitar, fine its your picking hand" lol, love your sense of humor Dennis, great lesson as always.

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Get ready to rock in this metal lesson series with Dennis Hodges. From 80's Metal to modern Dennis loves it all.



Lesson 1

Basics of Metal

Dennis covers important guitar basics such as note names and technical exercises.

Length: 33:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Power Chords and Rhythm

Dennis introduces power chords and basic rhythm concepts. Both subjects are very important to the metal genre.

Length: 22:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Essential Techniques 1

Learn a variety of essential techniques commonly used in the metal genre, including palm muting, string slides, and chord slides.

Length: 36:52 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
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Length: 45:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Left Hand Overload

Dennis delivers left hand techniques and exercises, with topics including spider walking / riffing, octaves, stretching and 4 practice riffs.

Length: 62:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Rhythm and Timing

While using a metronome, Dennis covers essential techniques and exercises to obtain great rhythm and timing.

Length: 35:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

"Metal Poisoning"

Written just for JamPlay and his Metal series, this song will allow you to put all your techniques to use in a musical manner.

Length: 28:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Time Signatures Part 1

In this lesson Dennis teaches the following common time signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8. Dennis explains each signature and provides a short example for illustration.

Length: 33:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Time Signatures Part 2

This time around Dennis explains odd time signatures. Similar to Part 1, he uses a musical example to illustrate each new signature.

Length: 45:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Rhythm Pt. 2

Dennis continues his metal series with part two of his look at rhythm and timing.

Length: 56:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Right Hand Overload

This lesson is the long lost sibling to "Left Hand Overload."

Length: 52:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Dennis Hodges View Full Biography For better or worse, Dennis Hodges cannot stop playing music, and (he hopes) will never stop playing music.

Growing up in Flint, Michigan, Dennis had a tremendous passion for drawing. He couldn't stop copying moves from bands he saw on MTV, though, and it didn't help that his parents filled the house with Santana, Stevie Ray, and Allman Bros. (on real records, no less!) so it wasn't long till he got his first guitar. It was junk. Within a few weeks his parents traded in a poor acoustic for a less junky 3/4-size electric.

Dennis started lessons right away at the age of 8. He still remembers hating it for awhile, and not taking it seriously until he was 12. He is thankful his parents forced him to practice early on and kept paying for lessons, even though rational thinking should have stopped them after a year.

Around this time drawing became less important, and guitar consumed all his attention. After 6 years of lessons he parted ways with his teacher and, after trying out two others with no results, decided to continue alone. His nerdistic tendencies paid off, as he put in hours working on picking and left hand exercises and learned as many Randy Rhoads and Kirk Hammett solos as he could.

Luckily, there were playing opportunities at school talent shows and church. Dennis was playing bass at his church when he was 13, helping to hone his performance skills in a group setting.

In high school, Dennis joined the marching band on sousaphone for all 4 years. It was as awesome as you could expect. He was also fortunate enough to be in several different metal bands, still play at church, and get the incredible opportunity to play guitar for many local community theaters. This kept his sight-reading in shape and gave him an appreciation for different styles of music (and paid pretty well, from a high schooler's perspective).

In 2001, Dennis came to Bexley, Ohio to study guitar at Capital University with Stan Smith. His studies emphasized jazz and classical guitar. Here his metal past merged with a deeper understanding of the instrument and music in general, and the basis for most of his teaching style was set in motion.

Dennis now plays guitar for Upper Arlington Lutheran Church every Sunday, for St. Christopher in Grandview, Ohio, with the youth group, and also plays for touring Broadway shows that stop in Columbus. Occasionally, he plays weddings and private parties, and he is starting a new cover band with some friends, called Dr. Awkward. He is blessed to have his understanding and supportive wife Kate, and is glad to be at JamPlay!

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