How to Play Pull Me Under by Dream Theater (Guitar Lesson)


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Allen Van Wert

Pull Me Under

Here is a lesson on Dream Theater's most popular song. Recognizable by its brooding clean intro and brutal distorted rhythms, this song is a must learn for metal guitarists.

Taught by Allen Van Wert in Songs With Allen seriesLength: 120:06Difficulty: 4.0 of 5


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webmaestrowebmaestro replied on June 26th, 2014

Found this tutorial by accident... at a time when I'm learning this song for our set list. I've been a member of JamPlay for months now, and didn't even know it was on here, heh. Good tutorial, thanks.

taurus29taurus29 replied on November 29th, 2013

great tutorial but my only complaint is that this is supposed to be an advance tutorial, I mean no amateur can learn this song, so why no move a little fast with the tutorial, a little less talking no offence, and that will be less work you at the same time

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on December 6th, 2013

Good point, thanks. I just try to give as much info as I can.

taurus29taurus29 replied on December 28th, 2013

Sorry I didn't mean to be a troll, I guess I'm too much hyperactive, lol, but seriously overall a great tutorial I already passed this lesson, I just had to do fastfoward with the talking haha

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on June 24th, 2014

No problem. I get you and am the same way myself.

taurus29taurus29 replied on November 29th, 2013

great tutorial but my only complaint is that this is supposed to be an advance tutorial, I mean no amateur can learn this song, so why no move a little fast with the tutorial, a little less talking no offence, and that will be less work you at the same time

StraussStrauss replied on November 3rd, 2013

Great video! Really got me listening to dream theater! I was wondering if you could do a tutorial video fro On The Backs Of Angels by Dream Theater?

krptslayerkrptslayer replied on May 23rd, 2013

Hell yes!

Funk MasterFunk Master replied on May 22nd, 2013

Great job Allen. Monster playing as always.

guitarsenninguitarsennin replied on May 22nd, 2013

I LOVE ALL OF YOU.

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Pull Me Under

Here is a lesson on Dream Theater's most popular song. Recognizable by its brooding clean intro and brutal distorted rhythms, this song is a must learn for metal guitarists. Chances are if you want to...

Length: 120:06 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
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Allen is back again with a look at another song from modern rockers Chevelle. In lesson 21, he covers the popular hit "The Red".

Length: 15:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only

About Allen Van Wert View Full Biography Allen Van Wert got the nickname "ROBOT" from his unusual guitar tapping techniques that often sound like a video game more than a guitar. He has studied and played a wide variety of genres. His experimental and eclectic amalgamation of music combining shred guitar, crazy tapping techniques, and electronically infused composition contrasted by a highly emotional soft melodic side, make his debut album a really fun and interesting listen for just about anyone.

Allen has recorded guitar for the famed video game soundtrack composer Jesper Kyd (Composer of Hitman, Splinter Cell and many other big title games) as well as composing and recording for movie trailers and TV commercials. He has also been producing, recording and co-writing for local artists in his small home/project studio.

His three books on guitar technique, ear training and songwriting have helped many students over the past couple of years. Allen has also played in various cover bands in many genres since the age of 16 and has played to over 5000 on a few occasions. He was a featured guest musician on the album "West Coast Shred Fest".

In his spare time, Allen programs video games for fun. Wooo!

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