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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LivingInMinorLivingInMinor replied

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midnightbosemidnightbose replied

Give us more Metallica!!

dacdaddydacdaddy replied

Yes! More Metallica Please!

clockwerkclockwerk replied

i am all for more metallica pre black album!

craigjames4craigjames4 replied

More Metallica please!!! :)

jaybaileyjaybailey replied

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

plaswuffplaswuff replied

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

could you do a video of painted black please please please

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

that was a pretty crazy beard.

handsfromasshandsfromass replied

just signed up because of this lesson exists :D

ironmaidon1ironmaidon1 replied

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

Great lesson as always Dennis! More Metallica pls :)

MikeSmithMikeSmith replied

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

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

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

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

Tom.MTom.M replied

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

rockgod1rockgod1 replied

well above my ability but i still like it

alanloweryalanlowery replied

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

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tangohuntertangohunter replied

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

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dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

for some reason the entire intro tab isn't posted

furkan2011furkan2011 replied

Which one is the main theme When i use backtrack?

tangohuntertangohunter replied

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

amadrid06amadrid06 replied

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

ryanpchauvinryanpchauvin replied

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

sfletchersfletcher replied

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

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

adamhrockadamhrock replied

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

imaheroimahero replied

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

best christmas gift ever.. thankyou dennis..

jj90jj90 replied

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

lucidiousgibslucidiousgibs replied

Awesome lesson Dennis!

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied

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

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied

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

Santa has outdone himself.

Mighty.MikeMighty.Mike replied

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

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

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Dennis Hodges

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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