How to Play Hammer Smashed Face by Cannibal Corpse (Guitar Lesson)


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Dennis Hodges

Hammer Smashed Face

This is the title song from Cannibal Corpse' first EP. Released in 1993, this is the bands most popular song mainly due to an appearance in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 33:05Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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tasmanian deviltasmanian devil replied on July 31st, 2013

Dennis , thank you soooo much for putting this up. All the other metal songs on here are lamesauce! Megadeth? slipknot? CANNIBAL FUCKIN" CORPSE !!!!!!!!!!!!! yeahhhh

matthewkulamatthewkula replied on December 28th, 2012

awesome lesson thanks

lucidiousgibslucidiousgibs replied on December 25th, 2011

Great make-out music lol... and Alec.. feel bad for ya bro.. should prob stick to the hymnals and holiday songs.

lostinmusiclostinmusic replied on October 15th, 2011

Great lesson Dennis!

shaneofficershaneofficer replied on September 20th, 2011

Hell Yeah Dennis! Cannibal Corpse 20 year fan Still Brutal.

troxvirustroxvirus replied on May 24th, 2011

great vid Dennis ! \m/

ihasbenihasben replied on March 7th, 2010

Hey Dennis any idea for getting this kind of sound from the pinch harmonics? I've only got a Boss DS-1 and it's gotten me by on most songs by altering the tone etc, but no matter how I set my amp or pedal I can't get that super smooth pinch tone from the A# note.

judewaddlejudewaddle replied on December 11th, 2010

yeah i used to have the same problem, till i got a black spider, 3-d

ihasbenihasben replied on July 30th, 2010

Lol nevermind, I was playing in standard tuning while I practiced, once I drop tuned it sounded right.

alecalec replied on September 27th, 2010

this band is satanic BOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

tasmanian deviltasmanian devil replied on July 31st, 2013

Actually, the drummer is the priest at my Roman catholic church! he says that if he didn't play heavy metal then he would have too much anger, and would have to bring god's wrath down upon all of Jesus's mindless sheep. Either that or just molest some children. So it's a good thing he plays heavy metal instead of just committing the sin and then asking for forgiveness, like you do. p.s. obviously he's not the priest of any church, except maybe the church of awesome.

brandonlbrandonl replied on October 8th, 2010

Alec, could please remove yourself from the metal section, thanks. Calling a brutal death metal band randomly 'satanic' is extremely ignorant, as you're probably not aware of the gore-themed lyrics. Seriously, keep your zealotry out of this place, and music in general.

judewaddlejudewaddle replied on December 11th, 2010

hell yeh

andersmetalandersmetal replied on July 28th, 2010

Pretty Cool - nice lesson! - Now it's time for more Death Metal: Please...

judewaddlejudewaddle replied on July 25th, 2010

u rule man could u do a song called seek and destroy by metallica

mega deathmega death replied on June 14th, 2010

Real good song, could you also teach before I forget by slipnot.

swacswac replied on December 16th, 2009

nice guitar dennis what kind?

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on February 17th, 2010

this is one of the guitars at Chris Dawson's (jamplay co-founder) house. I don't know much about it, sorry!

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on August 4th, 2009

Oh wow the lyrics are included. Perfect for a song like this (:

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on August 5th, 2009

interesting, I didn't see until you mentioned it. Now everyone can sing along!

efr450efr450 replied on August 1st, 2009

haha loved the very beginning. HAMMMER SMASHED FACE!!! will be learning this for sure once i get my electric up and working again

darkhanddarkhand replied on July 31st, 2009

HAMMER SMASHED FACE! A perfect addition to the lesson set.

brianszetobrianszeto replied on July 31st, 2009

where are the tabs?

sprahakasprahaka replied on July 31st, 2009

Where is the sup-content!?

cdawsoncdawson replied on July 31st, 2009

In my pocket, about to be up.

headbanger245headbanger245 replied on July 31st, 2009

YES! Loved it! Now for some Opeth!

gorbaggorbag replied on July 31st, 2009

I second this man!

gorbaggorbag replied on July 31st, 2009

Dennis you are a funny guy. Just like that Slayer song, this will be a fun one to get down.

cdawsoncdawson replied on July 31st, 2009

hahaha still cracking me up.

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on July 31st, 2009

WOOOO!

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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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