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How to Play Blackened by Metallica (Guitar Lesson)

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Dennis Hodges


Dennis Hodges teaches this fan favorite from the band's 1988 album ...And Justice For All.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 69:02Difficulty: 3.5 of 5

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midnightbosemidnightbose replied on April 4th, 2014

Give us more Metallica!!

dacdaddydacdaddy replied on March 26th, 2014

Yes! More Metallica Please!

clockwerkclockwerk replied on November 22nd, 2013

i am all for more metallica pre black album!

craigjames4craigjames4 replied on July 13th, 2013

More Metallica please!!! :)

jaybaileyjaybailey replied on May 15th, 2013

Perfect but can you add more Metallica like master of puppets or for whom the bell tolls but this is perfect

plaswuffplaswuff replied on April 21st, 2013

Finding the end of the main riff quite difficult, the quickly plucked double note on the third fret of the A-string makes it hard to come back into the riff again. I'm going to practice downward strokes only like you play, but my poor forearm is aching already.

jefffeuchtjefffeucht replied on March 6th, 2013

could you do a video of painted black please please please

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on October 25th, 2012

that was a pretty crazy beard.

handsfromasshandsfromass replied on October 19th, 2012

just signed up because of this lesson exists :D

ironmaidon1ironmaidon1 replied on July 27th, 2012

This Rocks!! now if we could get the rest of the And Justice For All album up. I would realy love to see Harvester of Sorrow.

tranneltrannel replied on August 30th, 2012

Great lesson as always Dennis! More Metallica pls :)

MikeSmithMikeSmith replied on July 27th, 2012

one of the best metal songs of all times taught by one of the best instructors of all times. What I love about Dennis' instructions is that you know he's spent hours watching live videos of the bands to make sure that he's teaching the fingerings and chords exactly as they're played by the original musicians. definitely not a lazy instructor. now if only we could get MORE Metallica songs!

Orion3TOrion3T replied on July 27th, 2012

Please please more Metallica lessons! This particular one is a bit beyond my son & I right now but it's still great to see Metallica lessons on JamPlay.

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on July 27th, 2012

Metallica rocks and I would like to see as many songs of theirs as possible taught on this site. JamPlay will do them justice!

roknrol99roknrol99 replied on June 18th, 2012

Cool! One of the most awesome songs ever!!!

Tom.MTom.M replied on April 16th, 2012

This is put together so well and dennis your a monster player, nice chops man.

rockgod1rockgod1 replied on March 2nd, 2012

well above my ability but i still like it

alanloweryalanlowery replied on February 27th, 2012

Dennis, You are the man!!! I got into metal back in Highschool with this album. I don't even wan't you to know about the crappy pop music I listened to prior (SHHHH). My kid and I will have this thing down if it takes us a year to learn it. I'd love another.... Preferably pre Load... LOL

furkan2011furkan2011 replied on January 17th, 2012


tangohuntertangohunter replied on January 1st, 2012

Am I crazy or is the tab for the intro wrong?

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on January 3rd, 2012


dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied on January 2nd, 2012

for some reason the entire intro tab isn't posted

furkan2011furkan2011 replied on January 16th, 2012

Which one is the main theme When i use backtrack?

tangohuntertangohunter replied on January 2nd, 2012

Thanks Dennis. Thought I was losing my mind. Which I may....

amadrid06amadrid06 replied on December 29th, 2011

METALLICA AND DENNIS, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ryanpchauvinryanpchauvin replied on December 29th, 2011

YES WE NEED MORE METALLICA!!!!!!!!!!!!....and some A7X haha

sfletchersfletcher replied on December 28th, 2011

Totally agree more Metallica please if you are discussing licensing sounds great as an approach going forward, also for other such major rock bands. For advanced players - Mastodon would get my vote....Not that I'm any way advanced. LOL. Would be great to see if explained though. Make sure the commercials work out for the business though. Am sure such things could possibly make it more difficult for you guys to actually make money.

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on May 23rd, 2012

There may be a Mastadon song lesson coming soon...shhh

adamhrockadamhrock replied on December 27th, 2011

wow....pretty awesome! =) nice work dennis!

imaheroimahero replied on December 26th, 2011

No need to get new lessons back up like Nothing Else Matters, bring up the old ones! The Enter Sandman lesson or som'n!

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on December 26th, 2011

I would like to see more Metallica lessons. I have been a fan for a long time and they are the reason I started playing guitar.

tammy7689tammy7689 replied on December 26th, 2011

i def want more metallica...master of puppets,fade to black,and justice for all,for whom the bell tolls....just to name a few...any and all metallica songs would be great!!!!!! so too metallica: Please give jamplay licensing for your songs!!! we would love to learn them

kevinacekevinace replied on December 26th, 2011

We are working directly with Metallica for licensing. Please post comments and leave feedback. If there is a demand for more lessons, then hopefully they'll be more inclined to provide licensing for other Metallica tracks!

souldksouldk replied on December 25th, 2011

since metallica songs seems to be up again, when can we expect one and nothing else matters and so forth to be reposted??

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on December 26th, 2011

Maybe, maybe not. This is a test bed. If it does well and we make the band/publisher some money, there's a better chance of that happening. So the best thing you can do is watch the video and tell others about it!

jj90jj90 replied on December 29th, 2011

Make a snippet of this videolesson and post it onto your Youtube channel, that way more and more people around the world will see it? That's eventually the reason I joined JP (and thanks to Justinguitar).

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied on December 26th, 2011

Hey Jason, what do you mean by tell everybody about it? Other jamplay members? Tell our friends about Jamplay? I already do that. How do we help get more content like this that we want here? How do we help make money for the publisher/band?

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on December 26th, 2011

With publishers it's primarily a money game. That's the reason publishers exist, so that they and the artists get paid for their work. The more people that watch, the more royalties we pay and the more likely it is that we'll be granted additional licensing.

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied on December 26th, 2011

OK. Since this is a trail and IF this works, any hopes of getting some Tom Petty or some other groups we've been clamoring for in request fest that are continuosly shot down by the publishers and groups?

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on December 27th, 2011

Unfortunately it doesn't work like that. In this situation, Metallica has a holdings corporation that they own, kind of like The Beatles' Apple Corp. We're working directly with them. They don't own rights to anything other than Metallica's repertoire.

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied on December 27th, 2011

Thanks man, you have explained this very nicely. As always you have been there for what ever question I have had. I truely apprieciate that!

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jesperlindejesperlinde replied on December 25th, 2011

best christmas gift ever.. thankyou dennis..

jj90jj90 replied on December 25th, 2011

Best Christmas gift! Love Metallica, thanks Dennis and Jamplay!

lucidiousgibslucidiousgibs replied on December 25th, 2011

Awesome lesson Dennis!

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied on December 25th, 2011

ps well done to all at Jamplay for your persistence on this topic. Jim

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied on December 25th, 2011

What happened ? Did three ghosts visit the execs at Warner Chapell and scare some christmas spirit into them ? This s a very good turn of events !! Jim

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied on December 25th, 2011

Santa has outdone himself.

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied on December 25th, 2011

I cant believe Metallica signed off on this and freakin Tom Petty wont let us do nuthin? WTH? Well, I will enjoy this for sure. Thanks Dennis!

tammy7689tammy7689 replied on December 23rd, 2011

sweet!!! metallica lessons are back.....great lesson dennis...will be working on this one

Metal Songs with Dennis

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Learn to rock out to the heavy metal classics throughout history.

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Beast and the Harlot

Dennis Hodges teaches "Beast and the Harlot" by Avenged Sevenfold.

Length: 59:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Dennis brings you "Toxicity" off of the 2002 album from System of a Down. Get your metal face ready.

Length: 29:22 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Laid to Rest

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

Length: 25:34 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Symphony of Destruction

"Symphony of Destruction" is track #2 on Countdown to Extinction. This tune is a Megadeth fan favorite.

Length: 26:43 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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Off their 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power, this Pantera song redefined "respect".

Length: 32:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Inside The Fire

"Inside the Fire" is the first single from Disturbed's fourth studio album, Indestructible. Dennis teaches all parts of this song including the solo!

Length: 33:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Waking The Demon

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

Length: 41:54 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Hammer Smashed Face

This is the title song from Cannibal Corpse' first EP. Released in 1993, this is the bands most popular song mainly due to an appearance in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Length: 33:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)

Dennis Hodges shows you how to play this Judas Priest classic, which is actually a cover of a Fleetwood Mac song.

Length: 30:06 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

Achilles The Backbreaker

Released in 2008 on The Showdown's third record, Back Breaker. This song features pummeling rhythm guitar and a tricky solo.

Length: 35:47 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 19


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

Length: 20:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 20

Metal Rudolph

Dennis puts a heavy metal spin on this classic Christmas song.

Length: 18:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Future Breed Machine

Dennis Hodges teaches this pummeling metal song from the band Meshuggah.

Length: 56:12 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

3 Libras

Dennis Hodges teaches an acoustic only version of this hard rock song by A Perfect Circle.

Length: 20:15 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 23


Learn this great Megadeth song from their album Cryptic Writings.

Length: 39:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Tornado Of Souls

Learn this Megadeth classic from Rust In Peace.

Length: 53:39 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Sweating Bullets

Learn this Megadeth classic from the Countdown To Extinction album.

Length: 36:16 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

À Tout Le Monde

Learn this great ballad from the Youthanasia record.

Length: 36:32 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 27


Dennis Hodges teaches this Metallica classic from the band's 1988 album ...And Justice For All.

Length: 69:02 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 28


In this lesson, you'll learn how to play "Quintessence" by progressive metal band, Mastodon. The song is on the critically acclaimed album Crack the Skye, which was released in 2009. Dennis Hodges...

Length: 33:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 29

In My Dreams

Dennis Hodges teaches this Dokken classic note for note. From the signature riffs to the blistering solo, Dennis breaks it all down for you in this lesson.

Length: 41:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 30

Caprice No. 5

Here is a lesson on this devastating piece of classical music written by Niccolò Paganini in the early 19th century. The lesson is aimed at shred guitarists because of the high level of technical proficiency...

Length: 49:14 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Lesson 31

Cowboys From Hell

Learn how to play "Cowboys From Hell" by Pantera, the song that made them a household name. The song has an instantly recognizable guitar riff and showcases what Pantera is all about: groove metal.

Length: 40:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 32

Down With The Sickness

Here is a lesson from Dennis Hodges on Disturbed's most well known song, "Down With The Sickness". The song is a concert staple and the album was certified platinum. Dennis breaks down all the parts and...

Length: 26:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 33

Cemetery Gates

Dennis Hodges teaches all the parts to this power ballad by heavy metal band Pantera. At over 7 minutes, this is the longest Pantera song ever recorded. This song has one of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's...

Length: 65:30 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Lesson 34

I'm Broken

Learn one of Dimebag Darrell's most famous riffs with this lesson on "I'm Broken" from Far Beyond Driven. This song is a "must-learn" for metal students.

Length: 31:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 35

Mouth For War

Channel your inner hate and turn it into something productive with this lesson on "Mouth For War" from the metal band Pantera. This song is from the record Vulgar Display of Power, which was released...

Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 36

This Love

Learn "This Love" by the metal band Pantera. Released on Vulgar Display of Power in 1992, this ballad has both haunting clean parts and brutal distorted riffs.

Length: 50:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

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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