How to Play I'm Broken by Pantera (Guitar Lesson)


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Dennis Hodges

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.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 31:00Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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dredariusdredarius replied on October 12th, 2015

Measures 4-8 of the solo are like hitting a brick wall. I can hit them at about 132bpm pretty clean but after that it rapidly descends into screaming s**t fight.... I know people will say just practice and it will get quicker but 16th notes past 130bpm have always been my brick wall. Anyone know any magic bullets to break it?

jayohhjayohh replied on April 27th, 2015

Not only is it f-ink awsome that Pantera is back at Jamplay, but you're actually making it fun to ( not ) learn Dimes solos..... Need more of this :) Now give us some BLS and Alter Bridge and I'll be a happy camper...

Metal Songs with Dennis

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Beast and the Harlot

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

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Lesson 4

Toxicity

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
Lesson 5

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
Lesson 7

Walk

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

(sic)

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

Trust

Learn this great Megadeth song from their album Cryptic Writings.

Length: 39:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Tornado Of Souls

Learn this Megadeth classic from Rust In Peace.

Length: 53:39 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

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

Blackened

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

Quintessence

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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