How to Play 3 Libras by A Perfect Circle (Guitar Lesson)

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Dennis Hodges

3 Libras

Dennis Hodges teaches an acoustic only version of this hard rock song by A Perfect Circle. The song demonstration features rendition of Maynard James Keenan's vocal melodies arranged for guitar. Tabs are included.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 20:15Difficulty: 1.0 of 5

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pa10spropa10spro replied on September 8th, 2015

BTW just awesome TY

pa10spropa10spro replied on September 8th, 2015

GPX files pleas?

danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 29th, 2015


cam94zeecam94zee replied on July 22nd, 2015

Great lesson! It would have been nice to see the other guitar part shown in the demonstration, though.

tmorenotmoreno replied on September 9th, 2014

so good thanks!!

tommyzoomtommyzoom replied on June 22nd, 2014

I love this song and great job Dennis. My only trouble is my own. I am not used to "tuning up or down" from standard tuning. Maybe a little more time with perfecting tuning down would of been helpful. Keep up the good work, Thanks.

mckreasonmckreason replied on August 1st, 2013

Thanks for the great instruction. I'm having a lot of fun with this song.

snoopysjpsnoopysjp replied on February 5th, 2013

When your learning New songs, you don't always know the song prior to the lesson, it sucks listening to 20 minutes of rambling before I have any idea what it is I hope to learn. Plan ahead a little. Very incoherent lesson.

robin58robin58 replied on August 25th, 2012

Any tips for moving the chord shapes quicker to each fret? I'm doing great with fingerpicking, but moving my hand between third fret to tenth isn't as quick as it should be for some odd reason. The strings squeak and/or I miss a beat or two by the time I get there.

kalabajabakalabajaba replied on April 18th, 2012

its rely weird to see u with an acoustic.dont look right,but u did great in the lesson screw the haters

dxfalcon44dxfalcon44 replied on January 21st, 2012

not the best instruction

spartakspartak replied on February 18th, 2012

this video has great respect of classical songs, which blends perfectly with folk music (scene 5 top slide). I encourage everyone to at least study this song until further notice. Thank You

lisismelisisme replied on December 24th, 2011

Very beautiful song. I'll have to learn both parts and clone myself so I can play the whole song the way you demonstrated :)

anexa85anexa85 replied on June 11th, 2011

i love this song.. thanks so much dennis!

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on June 5th, 2011

Supplemental content is up. This lesson wasn't supposed to be live yet sorry for the mix up.

dutchfinestdutchfinest replied on June 10th, 2011

I was glad the lesson was up..... otherwise i might have missed a brilliant song to warm up with. Great lesson

prich es 335prich es 335 replied on June 9th, 2011

Well done, Bravo!

jeffnelsonjeffnelson replied on June 7th, 2011

Notation and tab won't print. when you look at the preview on IMAC it just shows little ???

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on June 8th, 2011

Best thing to do is email our support staff. They should be able to help you out.

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on June 7th, 2011

if this isn't metal why is it in the metal songs with dennis series instead of acoustic songs with dennis?

biff22biff22 replied on June 6th, 2011

OMG forrealz... how did you get legal permiss to teach this song? MJK and co are notoriously tight with stuff like this. Less so with APC but still?!?!?! Stoked to have it.

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on June 6th, 2011

This really depends on the contract for the music and the publisher that owns it. If their contract is such that their publisher (EMI) owns the rights, it's EMI that gets to make the say, not Maynard and Co. SO, we bring it to you!

biff22biff22 replied on June 6th, 2011

Sounds good to me... kinda hurts a little to know that someone other than MJK owns his songs but... that's the biz... teach on.

jeffnelsonjeffnelson replied on June 5th, 2011

OK so now we have chord diagrams and lyrics, but what about the sheet music and Tabs?

dutchfinestdutchfinest replied on June 5th, 2011

any chance we can get the tablature for the lead part? excellent lesson btw Dennis, thank you very much for it.

jeffnelsonjeffnelson replied on June 4th, 2011

There is NO supplemental Context for this song!

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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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