How to Play Walk by Pantera (Guitar Lesson)

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Dennis Hodges


Off their 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power, this Pantera song redefined "respect".

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 32:46Difficulty: 2.0 of 5

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donnydarkodonnydarko replied on November 5th, 2013

Bro, more CFH!!!! This was sweet.

metalhead003metalhead003 replied on February 22nd, 2013

Are the 16th notes in the notation counted 1e&a2e?

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on February 26th, 2013

in 12/8 they're counted "1&2&3&," since the 8th notes get counted as the beat.

truncale74truncale74 replied on August 9th, 2012

LOL he shreds out a flawless rendition of the solo and smiles saying "So, this is an old favorite of mine. This is a pretty fun solo." I'm wondering if that smile says "This little shred is harder than it looks... good luck" About halfway there, but the timing is messing with my head. ?? Great solo breakdown and big thanks... I've been goofing around with this song for years and always just winging the solo.

tholsontholson replied on July 22nd, 2012

your face at the end of the solo priceless. you look so happy lmao

nicolas krakennicolas kraken replied on July 17th, 2012

Atlantic records is part of Warner right? Sooooo does that mean you guys got a deal that allows you to post all of their stuff or do you still have to negotiate for each song?

kevinacekevinace replied on July 19th, 2012

Atlantic is owned by Warner, who is a big, big parent company. The relationship for this song is with Warner/Chappell, a division of Warner. So no, there's no direct relationship in place with Atlantic quite yet. Everything is on a per-song basis, but having a solid relationship with them now makes this process a lot easier!

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MikeSmithMikeSmith replied on July 13th, 2012

Yes! I'm so glad this is back!

ben_oben_o replied on July 13th, 2012

YES!!!! gotta learn this! :D thank u jamplay!

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied on July 13th, 2012

Thanks for persevering.

guitarcaughtfireguitarcaughtfire replied on October 18th, 2009

that was real kewl!!! so freakin' awsome. I got the song down but i need to work a little more on the solo. Dennis u Rock!

gorbaggorbag replied on August 11th, 2009

dammit that lesson was awesome!

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on June 24th, 2009

Okay man I dunno what going on. I had the tuning awhile ago but this new tuner is confusing the crap ouitta me. so can someone give me the exact notes the strings are tuned to.

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on June 24th, 2009

Nevermind. Gah Im dumb lol.

nebulous enigmanebulous enigma replied on June 8th, 2009

awesome song. awesome lesson. awesome dude. you rule the neck Dennis! ive got most of it but the solo deffinately needs work, i have a feeling ill be watching this one a few more times, lol

akelleyakelley replied on January 23rd, 2009

Dennis you kick ass

customs123customs123 replied on October 1st, 2008

dude you rule!!!!!!!!!!that solo makes me want to punch my mother

VinnyBVinnyB replied on October 2nd, 2008

That. Is. Awesome.

teewiiteewii replied on September 28th, 2008

awesome lesson..! finally a solo lesson, dennis is my guitar hero! =D

andykroogerandykrooger replied on September 21st, 2008

how about doin a lesson for the song maiden mother and crone by The Sword

kvdalykvdaly replied on August 29th, 2008

Is Dennis doing something with his middle finger on the intro/main riff? There's nothing in the tab, but from the video angle, it looks like he taps/muffles the string.

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on September 3rd, 2008

yes I am using it to mute

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on August 25th, 2008

when I'm teaching the riffs it sounds pretty twangy. "Walk" a la Nashville!

SylviaSylvia replied on August 26th, 2008

Ha ha ha! It's ok Dennis.... I don't think anyone really noticed. ;)

kvdalykvdaly replied on August 25th, 2008

Man I love this song, but how is this just a "2" on a 5 scale?

cdawsoncdawson replied on August 25th, 2008

haha, we always have a tough time with this. The riffs in this song are very, very easy.. but the solo is obviously difficult. I mostly put 2 for this just so it would sort near the top for phase 3 if a beginner wanted to find a song with easier riffs.

SylviaSylvia replied on August 25th, 2008

Yeah! This song should sound amaaaazing on my Martin ACOUSTIC!!

jc110188jc110188 replied on August 25th, 2008

just think of it as Pantera unpluged.

SylviaSylvia replied on August 25th, 2008

LOL yeah

shawlshawl replied on August 24th, 2008

pretty sick. i'm not goin lie

bator82bator82 replied on August 24th, 2008

How do you call that, a note that is between 2 known notes? like a 1/4 of a step off?

jc110188jc110188 replied on August 24th, 2008

typo should=showed

jc110188jc110188 replied on August 24th, 2008

FINALLY im so pumped to learn this song I have been waiting for it since they should Dennis playing it on the forum.

dave420234dave420234 replied on August 23rd, 2008

shred it up dennis, know any M.O.D?

nmoundnmound replied on August 23rd, 2008

Damn that's killer...i really need to get an electric guitar. One of the best songs ever!!! RIP Dimebag

dripmandripman replied on August 23rd, 2008

that is so awesome...

cdawsoncdawson replied on August 23rd, 2008

You said it :)

kevinacekevinace replied on August 23rd, 2008

Lord have mercy this is a fantastic lesson!

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Off their 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power, this Pantera song redefined "respect".

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Learn how to play "(sic)" by Slipknot in this lesson.

Length: 20:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Length: 18:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
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Future Breed Machine

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Length: 56:12 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
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Mouth For War

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This Love

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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!

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