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
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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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