How to Play Tornado Of Souls by Megadeth (Guitar Lesson)

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Dennis Hodges

Tornado Of Souls

Released on Rust In Peace in 1990, this song features tight spider riffing and an absolutely blazing Marty Friedman solo.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 53:39Difficulty: 4.0 of 5

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valhallanvalhallan replied on June 2nd, 2015

This is probably my favorite metal song. Thanks dennis, that 10-17 stretch is killing me.

jenraider72jenraider72 replied on March 23rd, 2015

"I don't think there's anything I can do that will help you..." That was funny. It made me feel better, though. I'm just picking up little parts here and there helping me with bends etc

xxxdanxxxxxxdanxxx replied on February 24th, 2014

Could someone tell me what the notes in brackets mean on the tab please

bcjamsbcjams replied on September 30th, 2013

Big Thanks Dennis!!

edm7425edm7425 replied on June 8th, 2013

I would like to know what gear Dennis used for this lesson. The sound quality compared to the album seems fairly close. What pickups are in the Schecter? Does he use a POD or something else? Etc...

truedefiancetruedefiance replied on May 28th, 2013

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mattias1994mattias1994 replied on October 4th, 2012

hey i keep getting video not found on all of my computers anybody else gets this?

budokidbudokid replied on August 8th, 2012

that part where he says now its time for arpegio madness. the actual way marty pick it (which i find easier) is when u have the double pull-offs on the same note, u double up-pick it. that way, the only thing ever leading up to the up-picks, are two down-picks, which essentially enables u to sweep pick the whole thing (except for the double up pick of course)

thedestroyerthedestroyer replied on April 22nd, 2012

hey dennis,i dont have any pain before i practise guitar but when i play something on the guitar pain occours in the wrist. can u give somekind of a solution to it and by the awsome lesson

budokidbudokid replied on August 8th, 2012

if ur playing with a srap then ur playing too low. if ur not, maybe u could try playing it like a classical guitarist. hold it between ur legs with the neck at a high angle.

bluenose1875bluenose1875 replied on June 13th, 2012

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bluenose1875bluenose1875 replied on June 13th, 2012

Warm up your hands first

kalabajabakalabajaba replied on May 1st, 2012

their could be a cyst in ur wrist that is iritated when u curve your wrist. if that is the case then u could see a massage therapist,or have surgery on it.or it could be as simple as u dont have the strength yet.just ice it after practice every day until you sort it out.

thedestroyerthedestroyer replied on April 25th, 2012


kalabajabakalabajaba replied on March 16th, 2012

SPIDER RIFFING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brutus88brutus88 replied on March 4th, 2012

This lesson is AMAZING !!! Thanks a LOT Dennis !

steven ringersteven ringer replied on January 30th, 2012

probably one of the greatest guitar solos in history. after learning a crapload of megadeth three months ago, i'm finally going back and learning the solos for them. lol. i'm surprised no one's done a video for holy wars yet. i would've thought that would be one of the first to be done.

jonasperezjonasperez replied on October 27th, 2011

I've been practicing my ass off today. thanks for this epic lesson bro. :D

robbyp80robbyp80 replied on September 10th, 2011

Amazing job figuring that song out. If there is anything different in your version than on the actual song, I sure cannot tell. Please dont ever take this video off of jamplay because its gonna be a long time before I am able to learn that song, which I intend to do!

lexzbuddylexzbuddy replied on July 30th, 2011

1st time I saw Dave was in Vancouver when he was in a little know band called Metallica; changed days. Great lesson man. Never got into this album but having seen the lesson set & went through the act of learing it... I think it's great. Good to be wrong & learn something in the process. Thanks

erick450erick450 replied on July 26th, 2011

couldnt have got it if anyone else was teaching it thank you dennis

supercook2supercook2 replied on July 25th, 2011

leared it 6 hrs yngwie black star was harder 1 week to learn

gnrrules777gnrrules777 replied on July 4th, 2011

You get really deep with that solo. Haha. I see why. Considered doing new Megadeth songs? Endgame has some really sweet stuff on it.

yarikyarik replied on July 1st, 2011

Amazing! No other words... love the song and the fact it's here :)

adamhrockadamhrock replied on June 15th, 2011

nice work dennis!!

f14birdyf14birdy replied on June 15th, 2011

Really great song choice. Thanks for a somewhat deeper album cut.

gorbaggorbag replied on June 15th, 2011

Wow that solo is incredibly creative very good song to learn here!

robabrobab replied on June 14th, 2011

Love Megadeth!! Good job!!

chocobochocobo replied on June 13th, 2011

More like a 40/5 difficulty for me:D Dennis, how much time did it take you to nail it back then?

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on June 14th, 2011

dozens of hours in a 5 week span.

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on June 14th, 2011

I should clarify, that was how much it took to practice. I believe what was filmed took 2 or 3 takes.

darkailerondarkaileron replied on June 14th, 2011

I get shivers every time i hear this solo. I don't think I'll ever be able to play it, but thanks for putting it out Dennis. Bring on more Megadeth!!

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on June 14th, 2011

another megadeth song i love it. how about peace sells?

dinoszo6dinoszo6 replied on June 13th, 2011

Wow once again Dennis proves what a bad ass he is !!!! This is a instant clasis. Keep it up man love it :)

tangohuntertangohunter replied on June 13th, 2011

Did I miss the TAB for the solo?

zuckuss00zuckuss00 replied on June 13th, 2011

Absolutely amazing! Wayyy above my ability, but still really cool to see such a technical song broken down like this! Nice work Dennis and Jamplay! Keep it coming!

tangohuntertangohunter replied on June 13th, 2011

You have good days...and then you have days when TOS has landed on Jamplay.

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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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