Learn to rock out to the heavy metal classics throughout history.
Dennis Hodges teaches "Beast and the Harlot" by Avenged Sevenfold.Length: 59:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Dennis brings you "Toxicity" off of the 2002 album from System of a Down. Get your metal face ready.Length: 29:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Learn "Laid to Rest" by Lamb of God. Released in 2004, this action-packed tune is the first track on their third album, Ashes of the Wake.Length: 25:34 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
"Symphony of Destruction" is track #2 on Countdown to Extinction. This tune is a Megadeth fan favorite.Length: 26:43 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Off their 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power, this Pantera song redefined "respect".Length: 32:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
"Inside the Fire" is the first single from Disturbed's fourth studio album, Indestructible. Dennis teaches all parts of this song including the solo!Length: 33:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Dennis Hodges teaches Bullet For My Valentine's "Waking The Demon" off their Scream Aim Fire album.Length: 41:54 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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.Length: 33:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Dennis Hodges shows you how to play this Judas Priest classic, which is actually a cover of a Fleetwood Mac song.Length: 30:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Released in 2008 on The Showdown's third record, Back Breaker. This song features pummeling rhythm guitar and a tricky solo.Length: 35:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Learn how to play "(sic)" by Slipknot in this lesson.Length: 20:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Dennis puts a heavy metal spin on this classic Christmas song.Length: 18:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Dennis Hodges teaches this pummeling metal song from the band Meshuggah.Length: 56:12 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Dennis Hodges teaches an acoustic only version of this hard rock song by A Perfect Circle.Length: 20:15 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Learn this great Megadeth song from their album Cryptic Writings.Length: 39:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Learn this Megadeth classic from Rust In Peace.Length: 53:39 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Learn this Megadeth classic from the Countdown To Extinction album.Length: 36:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Learn this great ballad from the Youthanasia record.Length: 36:32 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Dennis Hodges teaches this Metallica classic from the band's 1988 album ...And Justice For All.Length: 69:02 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
In this lesson, you'll learn how to play "Quintessence" by progressive metal band, Mastodon. The song is on the critically acclaimed album Crack the Skye, which was released in 2009. Dennis Hodges...Length: 33:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Dennis Hodges teaches this Dokken classic note for note. From the signature riffs to the blistering solo, Dennis breaks it all down for you in this lesson.Length: 41:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Here is a lesson on this devastating piece of classical music written by Niccolò Paganini in the early 19th century. The lesson is aimed at shred guitarists because of the high level of technical proficiency...Length: 49:14 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Learn how to play "Cowboys From Hell" by Pantera, the song that made them a household name. The song has an instantly recognizable guitar riff and showcases what Pantera is all about: groove metal.Length: 40:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Here is a lesson from Dennis Hodges on Disturbed's most well known song, "Down With The Sickness". The song is a concert staple and the album was certified platinum. Dennis breaks down all the parts and...Length: 26:00 Difficulty: 2.0 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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