How to Play Laid to Rest by Lamb of God (Guitar Lesson)

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Dennis Hodges

Laid to Rest

Learn "Laid to Rest" by metal tyrants Lamb of God. Released in 2004, this action-packed tune is the first track on their third album, Ashes of the Wake.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 25:34Difficulty: 3.5 of 5

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musicwithinmusicwithin replied on August 27th, 2013

Great Lesson! Can You PLEASE teach us some billy talent songs? Thanks ;-)

jebordiejebordie replied on February 19th, 2013

I cant get the pinch harmonic at all !!...frustrated...there seems to be no real instruction on the entire site...I am good at tap and natural...this pinch or artificial....Im stumped :/

crazyguitariffscrazyguitariffs replied on September 3rd, 2012

Hey Dennis can you teach the song we will rise by arch enemy and put it on the song data base for phase 3 please

bloodspillbloodspill replied on February 27th, 2012

Dennis ,trying to print the music but its not printing all of it... the end of the measure are getting cut off on the far right !!! ?????

supercook2supercook2 replied on July 26th, 2011

andy james could almost play like me

supercook2supercook2 replied on July 25th, 2011

they stoled it form me slayer ya right ask mr king.

goncalofaria69goncalofaria69 replied on May 3rd, 2011

Hi Dennis, foremost, thanks for lessons,u are an amazing teacher, i just wanna ask if you can teach us some Children of Bodom song, specially one of my favorite, Blooddrunk. Thz man

xkittyxstompexrxkittyxstompexr replied on April 11th, 2011

I got to admit I headbanged in the middle >.>

andreas2011andreas2011 replied on March 14th, 2011

you are a good guitar player but i hate your laugh

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on March 9th, 2011

notice on the song demonstration sensai has his eyes closed as if hes meditating for the outro

mega deathmega death replied on June 16th, 2010

This song is easier on real guitar than GH.

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on March 9th, 2011

all guitar is easier then guitar hero plus you get the fancy musician title. lol

brutus88brutus88 replied on January 15th, 2011

Scene 5, at 2:10, is that a reference to Fear Factory ? :D (im french canadian and my english is not great, so sometimes i have a hard time understanding) because Fear Factory are really awesome !!! You should make a video lesson of their song "self bias resistor" !!

brutus88brutus88 replied on January 13th, 2011

awesome job !!! i've learned a lot from this lesson !! please do a song tutorial of either Kissing The Shadows by Children of Bodom or Black Gold Reign by All Shall Perish !!!!!!

eckartjeckartj replied on January 2nd, 2011

this guy my opinion is the best teacher

rauenrauen replied on October 28th, 2010

The only teacher that beats the short hair dennis hodges is the LONG HAIRED DENNIS

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dinoszo6dinoszo6 replied on August 28th, 2010

Ok ive been on jamplay for little over a year now and was lured to this site by a video i saw of Dennis doing a lesson on a cable show. followed alot of Dennis lessons and thought what the hell ill check out this song for the first time tonight, man this lesson really shows the chops he has, some of his right hand down stroke techniue is freaking awesome in this vidieo. Awesome job dennis, to bad we dont see you around the site that much anymore.

antman512antman512 replied on July 31st, 2010

dude how do you get that tone

davidiandavidian replied on July 31st, 2010

how do you model the same sound as LOG, any hints, seems i always easily dial up a metallica sound...

antman512antman512 replied on July 31st, 2010

what happened to all the other lessons lke thundrekiss and one?

chase_1995chase_1995 replied on June 18th, 2010

at 3 minutes he goes into meditation mode.

jak67jak67 replied on May 24th, 2010

Great Lesson by Dennis, i luv the way you break it down and go into the details. Is there a good way to learn to master pinch harmonics anyway?? without them it's only half the fun ;)

alexealexe replied on April 2nd, 2010

does anyone else thing the easy bit at start of the chorus is the best bit?! :D

tikinhokuntikinhokun replied on February 15th, 2010

omg, amazing song! I play it in front of a mirror, I can't believe seeing myself playing it >:D great song, great teacher \o

jcnamarajcnamara replied on January 9th, 2010

man this really helped me.. i kinda new how to play it, but this tightened the screws. Only thing is.. i cant get the friggin' ending down.. any extra tips?

weslenskiweslenski replied on December 25th, 2009

and this helped me a lot to learn this song thank you =D

weslenskiweslenski replied on December 25th, 2009

you should do omerta by lamb of god and the faded line...that would be baddass

ihasbenihasben replied on November 26th, 2009

I don't mean to be a negative nancy but is the metronome time anywhere in the supplemental that I'm missing.

odair2007odair2007 replied on October 28th, 2009

Well Dennis nothing more to say than great job. We need a song from children of bodom maybe are you dead yet.

ihasbenihasben replied on October 25th, 2009

Thanks for more great teaching Dennis. Straighforward and quick. Sounds great on a six string acoustic at a little slower tempo.

trisolotrisolo replied on September 13th, 2009

request for in your face by children of bodom!!its relativly easy (exept the solo) but really fun!i cant quite get all the parts yet so could you pleeaaase post it??

ricardo7ricardo7 replied on December 13th, 2008

nothing personal, play real good but suck at teaching make it simple!!! I like David stile.

darkhanddarkhand replied on June 15th, 2009

I don't know how you could even remotely say that about this lesson. Read the countless other comments about the lesson. It's a hard song, Dennis breaks it down perfectly, and plays it just as perfectly. Thrash on Dennis!

brandon saucedobrandon saucedo replied on November 6th, 2008

You actually taught this song so well, that I think you made it easier to play than in Guitar Hero. Really i do better on it in real life than in the game. You should do "are you dead yet by Children of Bodom.

vanslash1010vanslash1010 replied on March 25th, 2009

or kissing the shadows!

brandon saucedobrandon saucedo replied on November 6th, 2008

One thing, in the breakdown when you say there is extreme stretching from the 5th fret on the 5th string to the 1st fret on the 4th string, you can simply play the 6th fret on the 5th string. Other than that great lesson on an awesome song!

snowdadsnowdad replied on October 1st, 2008

Thanks Dennis! This is awesome. It's going to take me awhile, but I'll enjoy every minute of it.

richieboscorichiebosco replied on September 3rd, 2008

should add bullet for my valentine hand of blood or a song by mastodon

VinnyBVinnyB replied on September 4th, 2008

I would love to have a Mastodon song lesson on JP, they bring the noise.

ricky54326ricky54326 replied on June 15th, 2008

Agreed with cheesebomb. I was proud as hell once I beat it on Guitar Hero. :P But i'm gonna keep trying this little by little till i get it.

mbeurymbeury replied on June 11th, 2008

awesome lesson..i started out thinking i wouldnt be able to to do it, but with practice i owned it!! lol thanks dennis

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied on June 10th, 2008

boy there really is'nt any rest time in that song is there? nice job dennis!!!!

cheesebombcheesebomb replied on June 10th, 2008

Took me ages completing this on guitar hero...Bet it'll take me even longer on the guitar lol.

cdawsoncdawson replied on June 10th, 2008

haha, time to ditch the hero. You belong with the zeros (us).

mingofallsmingofalls replied on June 10th, 2008

Man Dennis............You are a freckin' trip dude! lol I'd like to watch you also play, "Where the River Flows" - Collective Soul, I bet you can hammer on that one to. JamOn!

hgnativehgnative replied on June 10th, 2008

i know someone who will pay me 50$ to teach them this song jamplay is starting to pay for its self thanks dennis.

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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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