How to Play In My Dreams by Dokken (Guitar Lesson)

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Dennis Hodges

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.

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 41:39Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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groovystixgroovystix replied

IM a beginner, and I have been practicing this song for WEEKS! BOUT TO GET THE RHYTHM DOWN.

LuvSatchLuvSatch replied

Dennis is precise and understandable simultaneously!! A great teacher!

PJBuckleyPJBuckley replied

Hey Dennis. I like the George Lynch in my dreams guitar you are using. Great lesson. I've learned a ton! More Dokken or Lynch Mob Please!!! CHEERS!

spiderluccispiderlucci replied

It's E Standard frequency 427

spiderluccispiderlucci replied

if you want to play with the record, just adjust the pitch with riff master software to E standard. :)

randy huangrandy huang replied

Hi Dennis .....i'm having a problem on bending 1 1/2 from 15 fret on 1st & 2nd strings at same time. could you show me how to practice....thanks!!!

scottguitar5scottguitar5 replied

That's a good lesson. Thank you Dennis:D

gawhitegawhite replied

Presets, pressets, presets, A lot of us have and Eleven rack and or an Axe FX. We would love to be able to download those presets you have created to record with. If you do not have the ability to create them then may I suggest a video after the intro on how to achieve the Artists recorded sound. Dennis, Thank You, I always enjoy learning from you.

klomtklomt replied

Thanks Dennis Ive never had so much fun learning a song! I would love more Dokken pls.

sclosesclose replied

Hi Dennis, can you do more lessons from Dokken? You kick ass on showing step by step how o play Lynch/Dokken. Please!! Thanks Mang!

donnie1967donnie1967 replied

crap, Dennis you're sporting a 7 or 8 fret gap from index to pinky towards the end of the solo. IMPOSSIBLE.

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

both 7 AND 8 frets at different times. Only impossible for a few people, for the rest of us it takes a lot of stretching and proper hand posture (as well as strength for the slurs). Check out one of my live chats for some tips.

sclosesclose replied

Who won the guitar???

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

we'll find out July 1st!

shadozeshadoze replied

Hey Dennis, how do you get that Tone that Lynch uses? (pedals/settings, etc)

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied

Honestly we just tweaked a preset on the Eleven Rack. Alot of it comes from Dennis' fingers :-)

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

sorry to say I was not responsible for any tone-related aspects of this lesson, other than playing like I always do. Aaron Miller did all the editing and amp-tweaking, and ruled as usual.

shytigershytiger replied

Thanks for doing this one...one of my favorites from the high school days. Once again, I'm having trouble in the solo with the one hand hammer on stretch. I need hand viagra or Zhen Gong Fu to get that extra 1/4".

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied

Here is a "cover" video Dennis and I did for this song. It is inspired by Dokken's original music video for "In My Dreams" which is pretty hilarious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6lVW4n7MGs Dokken's video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OiMboi7wgE

koreyklrkoreyklr replied

WAHOO!!!

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied

Dennis is that your guitar or is the appropriate signature guitar a new feature of song lessons? ;)

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

not mine, just a guitar that JamPlay will be giving away so we wanted to feature it a little

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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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