How to Play Achilles The Backbreaker by The Showdown (Guitar Lesson)


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Dennis Hodges

Achilles The Backbreaker

This song features pummeling rhythm guitar and a tricky solo. Make sure to check out Dennis' "Tricks" lesson in the Lead Concepts and Technique series, as a few of the techniques explained there are used in this lesson.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 35:47Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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ali3692ali3692 replied on October 22nd, 2011

very nice

joe_satriani32joe_satriani32 replied on December 26th, 2010

thanks man

play4theworldplay4theworld replied on August 21st, 2009

hey...isnt this a christian band? kinda seeme familiar on christian metal stations...maybe not....

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on August 21st, 2009

yes, they are classified as a "Christian" band, I didn't mention it in the video because I didn't want to start a "thing" on here. The first time I heard it, I thought, "holy crap, there are some pretty Pantera-ish riffs in there," which is a good way to win me over. So, that's what sold me on it.

alecalec replied on October 12th, 2010

funny shirt

alecalec replied on September 26th, 2010

you make it sound bad that it's a "christian"band,and whats up with "i didn't whant to start a thing"?

jboothjbooth replied on October 9th, 2010

I think bringing up religion in a guitar lesson is probably a bad idea because no matter what it will start a shit storm. I doubt Dennis had any reason other then trying to avoid an argument. You know how things are on the internet.

alecalec replied on October 9th, 2010

true

ubernovaubernova replied on October 9th, 2010

Ever watched anything on Youtube then looked at the comments section? Arguments break out all the time, especially when religion is brought into the picture. It doesn't even have to relate to the video at all, people just like to fight about stuff like that.

alecalec replied on October 9th, 2010

so true

alecalec replied on September 26th, 2010

lol

darkhanddarkhand replied on August 21st, 2009

Yeah it is, however metal is metal. Demon hunter is considered christian and they have amazing songs.

alecalec replied on September 27th, 2010

yeah,chrisian metal

darkhanddarkhand replied on August 21st, 2009

By the way, Great riffs in there. Also good to see you getting into it, saw a bit of the metal come out, with the headbanging XD Rock on Dennis!

mike4370mike4370 replied on August 23rd, 2009

another great one Dennis!!!!

alecalec replied on September 27th, 2010

it's okay

judewaddlejudewaddle replied on July 25th, 2010

plez could u do a song called seek and destroy by metalica ps u rule

alecalec replied on September 25th, 2010

sad but true is way better though

tmarinzeltmarinzel replied on January 20th, 2010

What happened to Mr. Crowley??? its not on the site anymore!

dontlikecakedontlikecake replied on November 26th, 2009

Gotta love this band! can we expect some Demon Hunter in the future?

J.artmanJ.artman replied on September 25th, 2009

I never heard of these guys before but this is a really fun song to play. Thanks Dennis!

guitarshredder123guitarshredder123 replied on August 25th, 2009

cool shirt

play4theworldplay4theworld replied on August 24th, 2009

oh man i just realizedi tabbed this by accident and told my singer i wrote it.....thats why it was so awsome

play4theworldplay4theworld replied on August 24th, 2009

i love christian metal stuff..sweet

gorbaggorbag replied on August 21st, 2009

thanks for including some commentary on the time signatures and beats during the lesson. it helps reinforce those concepts from your previous lesson.

ian24ian24 replied on August 21st, 2009

i cant believe there's actually a Showdown lesson one here! ive been a huge fan since theire first album, but ive never met anyone else who knows them! rock on Dennis! \m/

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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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