How to Play Waking The Demon by Bullet For My Valentine (Guitar Lesson)


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Dennis Hodges

Waking The Demon

Dennis Hodges teaches Bullet For My Valentine's "Waking The Demon" off their Scream Aim Fire album.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 41:54Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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matymaty replied on February 27th, 2012

not bad sounds good

matymaty replied on February 27th, 2012

not bad sounds good

sherchanrock72sherchanrock72 replied on January 15th, 2012

Can u upload the backing track for this song,plz.

abio77abio77 replied on October 16th, 2011

awesome ur my fav teacher on here, can u learn more bullet for my valentine songs?

toofardarktoofardark replied on July 27th, 2011

in the song demo, I heard a pause and a click at ~3:06-3:07, did you record that part separately or mess up there? great lesson, by th way thumbs up if you heard it

acdcacdc replied on April 23rd, 2009

u got a great metal band... how bout maybe some as i lay dying

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on April 25th, 2011

how did you get that username dude REALLY??? acdc just like that.

toofardarktoofardark replied on July 11th, 2011

would've been better if he had gotten the username "dennishodges"

briangunter09briangunter09 replied on September 20th, 2009

i wouldnt mind learning darkest nights, theres so many good songs by them its hard to choose haha, all that remains would be good too but waay more challenging haha

rocker12rocker12 replied on May 30th, 2011

:D Freaking awesome!!!! XD i knew you were my number one teacher!!!

gorbaggorbag replied on April 18th, 2009

cool pick for a song, Dennis. Moar Slayer!!!

briangunter09briangunter09 replied on September 20th, 2009

yea i'd love to learn some slayer

judewaddlejudewaddle replied on August 1st, 2010

me to

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on April 25th, 2011

so its unanimous (i probably spelled that wrong) MORE SLAYER!!!

nickporternickporter replied on January 27th, 2011

I think we need some Killswitch Engage, maybe my curse.

demonspickdemonspick replied on November 13th, 2011

I couldn't agree more. Hell, i will be happy learning almost any KSE song.

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied on January 27th, 2011

dude i kind of learned the intro to this song with tabs andthen i tried this and in 30 minutes i can play 75% of the song already this is awesome thx for making this

njd671njd671 replied on September 10th, 2010

thnx man

judewaddlejudewaddle replied on August 14th, 2010

wiked

metalguitarist824metalguitarist824 replied on June 10th, 2010

Hey, Is it just me or did they take off One - Metallica from the web site???????

judewaddlejudewaddle replied on August 1st, 2010

its just u

judewaddlejudewaddle replied on July 25th, 2010

awesome could u do a song called seek and destroy by metallica

alex goodladalex goodlad replied on July 1st, 2010

i cant get the tuning for drop c or whatever. tips? :D

jasper8777jasper8777 replied on July 13th, 2014

me too idk what happened

cyanide cloudcyanide cloud replied on June 24th, 2010

I miss the other lessons... D:

mega deathmega death replied on June 20th, 2010

This song is tight. Could you also teach my curse by Killswitch Engage, I NEED MY KILLSWITCH

creinerscreiners replied on April 14th, 2010

WOW ... that is all

sgtmacsgtmac replied on March 2nd, 2010

you have to do tears dont fall for real best song eva

kareemkareem replied on December 25th, 2009

kick ass lesson, but WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO THE BEARD???!!!! D:

swacswac replied on December 16th, 2009

hey dennis could you 'teach end of days' by bullet for my vallentine?

vanslash1010vanslash1010 replied on May 2nd, 2009

Dennis, should I play the main riff downpicked or alternate? I can do both I'm just wondering what the right way is. Great lesson btw.

ihasbenihasben replied on November 14th, 2009

While I obviously am not Dennis, my hair is not as sweet as his was in this video. From me dicking around with this riff I think it sounds better when you are downpicking it. Since it's so quick I get a better chugging sound out of downs. If your upstroke is strong and it sounds the same as a down who cares though?

jc110188jc110188 replied on April 21st, 2009

Now that we got a little bullet i think its time for some Killswitch engage

spawnscspawnsc replied on April 22nd, 2009

I agree! love the guitars in KsE

adames09adames09 replied on April 21st, 2009

Whooo this made my week, BFMV is amazing! Thanks Dennis!

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on April 20th, 2009

The intro repeats 6 times bro. You said five. but its cool.

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on April 20th, 2009

Ah my bad its 5. Woops

richieboscorichiebosco replied on April 18th, 2009

yay! i could cry :)

jc110188jc110188 replied on April 18th, 2009

Dude this is the best day in a while, bullet rocks hands down. im not worthy im not worthy

metalfreakmetalfreak replied on April 18th, 2009

yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!! finaly some bfmv!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks dennis !!!!!!!!!!!

nmoundnmound replied on April 18th, 2009

Dennis...you rock!!!

darkhanddarkhand replied on April 18th, 2009

Simply Perfect Dennis. I'd expect nothing less.

metalheadmclovinmetalheadmclovin replied on April 17th, 2009

Dennis, I dunno if you feel the way I do. But I feel like it is time for a flat out death metal song lesson. Nothing crazy hard but with some beefy heavy riffs. Like I dunno, Cannibal Corpse? Maybe Nile?

kevinacekevinace replied on April 17th, 2009

How about some Dillinger (hint hint) ;)

J.artmanJ.artman replied on April 17th, 2009

We need some Opeth!

confetticonfetti replied on April 17th, 2009

Dennis, I could kiss you! (Could but won't that is). Love this song and so happy an instructer like yourself is teaching it to a guitar noob like me! Keep Rockin'

sheldon_31sheldon_31 replied on April 17th, 2009

i love you dennis this song kicks ass cant wait to learn it yessss you should do room 409 by bullet for my valentine or hand of blood that song kicks ass too anywho i love bullet for my valentine and i love you too dennis

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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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