Welcome to the Metal guitar series! This series begins with information pertinent to guitar players of all genres. Dennis explains string and note names. He also teaches some exercises that will enhance your technical ability.
Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal with Dennis seriesLength: 33:00Difficulty: 1.0 of 5
Get ready to rock in this metal lesson series with Dennis Hodges. From 80's Metal to modern Dennis loves it all.
Dennis covers important guitar basics such as note names and technical exercises.Length: 33:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
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
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
Metal lesson 4 brings you some info on hammer-ons, pull-offs, trills, bending, and the infamous pinch harmonics.Length: 45:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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
While using a metronome, Dennis covers essential techniques and exercises to obtain great rhythm and timing.Length: 35:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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
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
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
Dennis continues his metal series with part two of his look at rhythm and timing.Length: 56:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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!
Our acoustic guitar lessons are taught by qualified instructors with various backgrounds with the instrument.
JamPlay welcomes David Isaacs to our teacher roster. With his first lesson Dave explains his approach to playing guitar with...Free LessonSeries Details
Lesson 40 takes a deeper look at slash chords. Mark discusses why they're called slash chords, and how they are formed.Free LessonSeries Details
Erik expounds on the many possibilities of open tunings and the new harmonics that you can use in them. He explains what...Free LessonSeries Details
JamPlay is proud to introduce jazz guitarist Peter Einhorn. In this lesson series, Peter will discuss and demonstrate a way...Free LessonSeries Details
Marcelo teaches the eight basic right hand moves for the Rumba Flamenca strum pattern. He then shows you how to apply it...Free LessonSeries Details
In this lesson, Freebo covers the basics of right hand technique. This lesson is essential for all up and coming bassists.Free LessonSeries Details
Jim discusses the importance of setting goals. He provides some tips that will help steer your practicing in the right direction.Free LessonSeries Details
Mitch teaches his interpretation of the classic "Cannonball Rag." This song provides beginning and intermediate guitarists...Free LessonSeries Details
Learn a simple mini song that illustrates just how intertwined scales and chords really are. Dave uses a G chord paired...Free LessonSeries Details
Our electric guitar lessons are taught by instructors with an incredible amount of teaching experience.
Mark Brennan teaches this classic rock song by Jethro Tull. Released on the album of the same name in 1971, this song features...Free LessonSeries Details
Lauren Passarelli offers up her wisdom on purchasing a guitar. She also includes information regarding proper setup and care....Free LessonSeries Details
Learn a handful of new blues techniques while learning to play Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The House Is Rockin'".Free LessonSeries Details
Matt Brown shows off some ways to add some creativity and originality to your rock chord voicings.Free LessonSeries Details
Just like with the plucking hand, Brent-Anthony shows us the basics of proper fretting hand technique. In addition, he shows...Free LessonSeries Details
Join Joe as he shows one of his favorite drills for strengthening his facility around the fretboard: The Spider Technique.Free LessonSeries Details
David Ellefson, co-founding member of Megadeth, explains his overall approach to teaching and learning bass in this introductory...Free LessonSeries Details
Tom Appleman takes a look at a blues in E with a focus on the Chicago blues style. The bass line for Chicago blues is very...Free LessonSeries Details
JamPlay sits down with veteran fret grinder Steve Smyth of Forbidden and The EssenEss Project. He talks about how he got...Free LessonSeries Details
Take a minute to compare JamPlay to other traditional and new methods of learning guitar. Our estimates for "In-Person" lessons below are based on a weekly face-to-face lesson for $40 per hour.
|Price Per Lesson||< $0.01||$4 - $5||$30 - $50||Free|
|Money Back Guarantee||Sometimes||n/a|
|Number of Instructors||82||1 – 3||1||Zillions|
|Interaction with Instructors||Daily Webcam Sessions||Weekly|
|Professional Instructors||Luck of the Draw||Luck of the Draw|
|Learn Any Style||Sorta|
|Multiple Camera Angles||Sometimes||-||Sometimes|
|Learn in Sweatpants||Socially Unacceptable|
|Gasoline Needed||$0.00||$0.00||~$4 / gallon!||$0.00|
Mike H."I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar!"
I am 66 years young and I still got it! I would have never known this if it had not been for Jamplay! I feel like a 12 year old kid with a new guitar! Ha! I cannot express enough how great you're website is! It is for beginners and advanced pickers! I am an advanced picker and thought I had lost it but thanks to you all, I found it again! Even though I only play by ear, I have been a member a whopping whole two weeks now and have already got Brent's country shuffle and country blues down and of course with embellishments. Thank you all for your wonderful program!
Greg J."With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace"
I'm a fifty eight year old newbie who owns a guitar which has been sitting untouched in a corner for about seven years now. Last weekend I got inspired to pick it up and finally learn how to play after watching an amazing Spanish guitarist on TV. So, here I am. I'm starting at the beginning with Steve Eulberg and I couldn't be happier (except for the sore fingers :) Some day I'm going to play like Steve! I'm self employed with a hectic schedule. With Jamplay I can fit in a random session when I have time and I can go at my own pace, rewinding and replaying the videos until I get it. This is a very enjoyable diversion from my work yet I still feel like I'm accomplishing something worthwhile. Thanks a lot, Greg
Bill"I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students."
I am commenting here to tell you and everyone at JamPlay that I believe this is the absolute best site for guitar students. I truly enjoy learning to play the guitar on JamPlay.com. Yes, I said the words, ""enjoy learning."" It is by far the best deal for the money.