How to Play Beast and the Harlot by Avenged Sevenfold (Guitar Lesson)

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Dennis Hodges

Beast and the Harlot

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

Taught by Dennis Hodges in Metal Songs with Dennis seriesLength: 59:00Difficulty: 3.0 of 5

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dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

please note: tabs have just been revised and reposted.

junior m13junior m13 replied

plz teach the solo i really need to know because im doing a talent show and i really want to win

m028874m028874 replied

Where are the tabs for the solo?

kingchronickingchronic replied

Holy crap man you can play. AWESOME. More A7X Please man. or Bullet for my Valentine. Either would be sweet.

ak3levyak3levy replied

I agree I wanna learn Lost !

kingchronickingchronic replied

Buried Alive would be killer Dennis man, lol.

ak3levyak3levy replied

Yes can you do LOST from A7X

supercook2supercook2 replied

play it in my sleep and with a broken finger, and drunk

saulthomsaulthom replied

Can u do dangerline by a7x?

ryanpchauvinryanpchauvin replied

more A7X lessons!!!!!!!!!!!!

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied

aside from the tabs messing me up with the format i forgot just how sick this song was great lesson dennis.

hereticsound666hereticsound666 replied

i hate the way you put the tab for both guitars on the same page i should strangle you theres only five notes per page for the lead because of it. and i start to bleed over into the rhythm guitar when the tabs are placed this way.

valhallanvalhallan replied

Wow this song is so much more sophisticated when its broken. The solo sounds crazy at full speed but simpler when its broken down in pieces

valhallanvalhallan replied

broken down*

steven ringersteven ringer replied

after learning to play this song as a trial member in july, i've learned to appreciate this song and avenged sevenfold even more. it's not hard, but it was the most complicated piece i had learned at the time. at this point in time, i am unable to play most of the solo due to lack of experience (too advanced for me and i don't know any scales. i learned from my dad and he just plays connect-the-dots). thank you for the lesson. (you could use some more mids in your sound, though. unless you're going for a dimebag sound) i did notice that when you did the run-through, you played it differently than the way you taught it. and, i pointed out last time (but my comment is gone) that the F# in the bridge is actually an F. check some live footage. they were playing in my home town last week, and it sounded like an F to me. and the drum track is not even close, but who cares about drums in a guitar lesson. regardless, you're an excellent teacher. looking forward to more :D

steven ringersteven ringer replied

never mind, it's an F#. didn't sound quite right, but i listened to the song multiple times (it's just that good) and it is an F#. my ear was playing tricks on me.

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

believe me, it took several listens myself. I heard it, but my brain didn't want to accept that it was an F#!

jakk04254jakk04254 replied

lol, "into the solo... wooo wooo woo woo, we're not gonna do that"

alecalec replied

this song sucks!do some metallica!

ryanhansenryanhansen replied

Anything Metallica

judewaddlejudewaddle replied

hey dennis could u do a song called ball and chain by the plight pleeeeeeeeeeeez hope there not outta bounds lol :)

judewaddlejudewaddle replied

a7fold strenth of the world pleeeeez

chase_1995chase_1995 replied

these arpeggios are making me mad i can do the f but the others i cant do without them ringing like crazy i dont get it. and i cant just barely lift my finger off its very difficult

derrick sniderderrick snider replied

real helpful bro.. the arpeggios were the only thing gettin me.. workin with the pinkie finger's made a lot of my playing sound more clean too.. thanks for the help man keep on keepin on

frostymcdufffrostymcduff replied

awsome lesson PLEASE do some more A7X sogs please!!!

JustinSletcherJustinSletcher replied

YES!!! unholy confessions/second heartbeat

frostymcdufffrostymcduff replied

songs sorry

chase_1995chase_1995 replied

Dennis you are an absolute beast you make this site awesome

brandonsghbrandonsgh replied

I know this song from Guitar Hero 2!

jtoddmjtoddm replied

will you post the ending solo?

jtoddmjtoddm replied

I realy love A7X and this song and I have always wanted to learn an A7X song! thanks man!!!!!!!!!!!!

lexzbuddylexzbuddy replied

Super lesson again Dennis, very clear & concise. I am starting to see a pattern in the quality of the lessons. Well cool man. Many thanks yet again. Quality english lesson too! Ok, A bit anal-retentive of me but I've always pronounced it like timber. You learn something every day. timbre (t?m'b?r, t?m'-) : n. The combination of qualities of a sound that distinguishes it from other sounds of the same pitch and volume.

a7xnooba7xnoob replied

Is that solo hard to learn? because i can the whole song except the solo and it would be sweet to master it. though it looks so hard and so fast :P any tips?

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

correct solo is up.

J.artmanJ.artman replied

Would it be possible to update the supplemental content and tablature so its not so 'scattered' in 9+ pages?

lenohlenoh replied

how the tab is uploaded quicker >.>

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

also, the tab for the solo the way I teach it will be posted soon.

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

check out the A7X approved hairstyle. I forgot the nail polish, though.

amin1103amin1103 replied

when wil the solo lesson be posted on the sight?

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

HEADS UP! My apologies to everyone: I am playing the verse riff wrong. The tab in the supplemental content is CORRECT. There is an extra G chord during the verse parts. So, it would go dddd F dddd G dddd Ab dddd G dddd F G (the last one being the one I left out in the video) Sorry, and if this doesn't make any sense, let me know so I can re-shoot it next time I film!

amin1103amin1103 replied

hey dennis your right there is another G chord i was about to tell you

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fishstickrockerfishstickrocker replied

This sucks for 137 dollars u cant teach a solo

socky00socky00 replied

he needs a whammy bar to teach it, and I don't think he has one with one, according to his Jamplay profile thing.

maxpuhakainenmaxpuhakainen replied

dude, This lesson ROCKS u are very good teacher

vanslash1010vanslash1010 replied

Great lesson!! I love A7X hope you can do more of their songs. By the way, cool bending face:)

tmarinzeltmarinzel replied

hey Dennis, why didn't u do a section on the solo u can pull it off. structurally, its simple

style paynestyle payne replied

Dennis is the best teacher by far..... he just gets right to it and makes it so easy to learn with his thorough instruction.

mrporcupinemrporcupine replied

You are so right inn that. I always cant wait for his next music lesson! Seems like he has much more modern videos inn a way.

cruezncruezn replied

How do I print the tabs? When I hit "print the lesson" under the info about this lesson tab, I get nothing. When I open up the tab sections 1 by 1 under the supplemental content and print, I only can get part of the tab to print. Thoughts? Thanks

mattisheremattishere replied

im not sure if ur familiar with the band underoath if you could learn there song in regards to myself and post it that would be amazing

sonicboi222sonicboi222 replied

haha i like how you "sung" the lead part in the intro anyway nice lesson i hope u add more videos

tedted3tedted3 replied

Excellent lesson. I left Jamplay and shopped around some other online sites. However, I kept checking what else was added to Jamplay's songs. I really enjoyed you Iron Maiden lesson and decided to come right back. Thanks for explaining the rhythm as well as you do . I really love your lessons. Keep them coming!

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

thanks alot! Glad you returned, and I will try to keep things sweet.

mbeurymbeury replied

i love this song and lesson! im bowing to to you and A7x lol GREAT LESSON!

dennis.hodgesdennis.hodges replied

however, it's correct in the "lesson introduction"

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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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