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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... (more)
Dennis currently offers 122 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 58 intermediate lessons, 34 song lessons, 26 Lick & Riff Library entries and 4 entertainment videos.
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Get ready to rock in this metal lesson series with Dennis Hodges. From 80's Metal to modern Dennis loves it all.
Dennis covers important guitar basics such as note names and technical exercises.
Dennis introduces power chords and basic rhythm concepts. Both subjects are very important to the metal genre.
Learn a variety of essential techniques commonly used in the metal genre, including palm muting, string slides, and chord slides.
Metal lesson 4 brings you some info on hammer-ons, pull-offs, trills, bending, and the infamous pinch harmonics.
Dennis delivers left hand techniques and exercises, with topics including spider walking / riffing, octaves, stretching and 4 practice riffs.
While using a metronome, Dennis covers essential techniques and exercises to obtain great rhythm and timing.
Written just for JamPlay and his Metal series, this song will allow you to put all your techniques to use in a musical manner.
In this lesson Dennis teaches the following common time signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8, and 12/8.
Dennis explains each signature and provides a short example for illustration.
This time around Dennis explains odd time signatures. Similar to Part 1, he uses a musical example to illustrate each new signature.
Dennis continues his metal series with part two of his look at rhythm and timing.
This lesson is the long lost sibling to "Left Hand Overload."
Dennis Hodges blends conceptual lead instruction for developing solos, improvising, and harmonizing along with lead techniques such as legato, sweeping, and alternate picking.
Dennis covers the basics of the major scale. Then, he introduces you to improvisation within a one octave scale pattern.
Dennis introduces the minor scale. You will improvise within this scale and work on a written solo as well.
Dennis teaches harmonization in 3rds, diatonic and non-diatonic 4ths, 5ths, diatonic 6ths, and atonal harmonization.
Dennis teaches key improvisational concepts such as blending scales, phrasing, and staying within a scale.
Dennis Hodges teaches sweeping technique, 3 string triads, and 2 octave arpeggios. Also included is an etude written specifically for JamPlay!
Dennis covers many tapping techniques in this lesson. From basic to advanced, get ready to learn something new!
Dennis teaches a bunch of cool metal and rock tricks in this lesson!
Dennis Hodges teaches you some of the basics to writing your own solos!
Dennis Hodges teaches the basics of improvising a solo over a backing track.
Dennis teaches some basics on how to interpret a piece of music and make it your own.
Dennis dissects a solo he wrote that stays in the 12th position box of E minor.
Dennis Hodges dissects an advanced, extended solo he wrote in A Minor for this lesson.
JamPlay instructor Dennis Hodges is back with a two sided metal solo! This pack of lessons contains an intermediate and advanced level metal solo. You'll be utilizing bends, sweeping, arpeggios and talking about modes that fit into a neo-classical modal genre. By learning the easier of the two solos, you get to see how you can simplify and scale down your playing. Learning the harder of the two will provide you with embellishment ideas to really fire up your metal soloing!
To get things started, Dennis offers up the first four measure phrase of this easy metal solo. He also discusses the E Phrygian Dominant mode, which will be used throughout most of this solo.
Now that you have the first phrases of the easy solo under your fingers, let's put a little heat into the lick. You're working out of the same E Phrygian Dominant scale here, but you're adding some embellishments and tapping.
Here's another four bar phrase of the easy metal solo. This phrase is predominantly arpeggio-based. It ends with a big bend and slide out.
Like the second phrase of the easy solo, this advanced phrase is also predominantly arpeggio-based. However, it adds speed and flash for a more speed metal vibe.
Dennis is back with the next phrase of the easy metal solo. Phrase three incorporates a step sequence where you play a note, go up a step, then leap down in a repeated fashion.
Just like the other advanced phrases, this one is an embellishment of the easy lick. To amp up the step sequence of the easy lick, this advanced phrase adds triplets.
Dennis Hodges is back with another lick from the easy metal solo. Phrase four is the final phrase of the easy metal solo. This lick isn't incredibly fast, but it combines a pull-off to open strings, which gives the lick a lot of character.
Phrase four of the advanced solo is another embellishment of the easy solo. To amp up the speed and give it a more metal edge, Dennis introduces trills that bounce off the open strings.
At this point, you should have all four phrases of the easy solo under your fingers. In this lick entry, Dennis discusses how to connect the phrases together in order to play the entire solo seamlessly.
Congratulations! You've learned all four phrases of the advanced metal solo. Now, let's take a look at how to connect those phrases for a seamless solo!
Dennis Hodges teaches jazz for students with a rock background. In this series you will learn to play jazz chord progressions and licks without theory being forced upon you.
Dennis kicks off the lesson series with a lesson on an F major blues solo.
Dennis covers the rhythm accompaniment to the F blues solo presented in the previous lesson.
Learn how to play a 12 bar jazz blues solo in Bb. Dennis provides an in depth analysis of the solo from a theoretical standpoint.
Dennis teaches the accompaniment part to the Bb blues solo taught in the previous lesson.
Learn a 12 bar jazz blues solo in Eb.
Learn how to accompany a 12 bar jazz blues in the key of Eb. Dennis uses a walking bass line and three note chord voicings for this particular accompaniment.
Learn this Ab jazz blues solo taught by Dennis Hodges.
Dennis explains the accompaniment part to the Ab blues solo taught in lesson 7.
Dennis teaches a jazz blues solo in Db major.
Dennis teaches the accompaniment part to the solo in lesson 9.
Learn this Gb blues in 6/4 time based on the Miles Davis tune "All Blues."
Dennis teaches the accompaniment to the solo in lesson 11.
Dennis continues his straight ahead jazz series with a lesson on a jazz blues solo in B.
Here's a lesson on jazz blues accompaniment with a walking bassline.
Learn jazz guitar with this straight-forward look at a solo in E major.
Learn the accompaniment part to the solo in lesson 15.
Dennis Hodges continues his growing Jazz-Blues series with a lesson on a solo in A.
Learn the accompaniment to the solo in lesson 17.
Learn jazz with a straight-forward lesson on a solo in D.
Learn the accompaniment to the solo in lesson 19.
Here is a very "outside" and modern sounding jazz-blues solo. The timing is very important here! This is one of the trickier solos that Dennis teaches in this series.
Learn the rhythm accompaniment for lesson 21.
Here is the final solo to learn for this jazz series. This solo is inspired by the great bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker.
Here is the final lesson for Dennis Hodges jazz series. Learn the comping for lesson 23.
Learn to rock out to the heavy metal classics throughout history.
Dennis Hodges teaches "Beast and the Harlot" by Avenged Sevenfold.
Dennis brings you "Toxicity" off of the 2002 album from System of a Down. Get your metal face ready.
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.
"Symphony of Destruction" is track #2 on Countdown to Extinction. This tune is a Megadeth fan favorite.
Off their 1992 album Vulgar Display of Power, this Pantera song redefined "respect".
"Inside the Fire" is the first single from Disturbed's fourth studio album, Indestructible. Dennis teaches all parts of this song including the solo!
Dennis Hodges teaches Bullet For My Valentine's "Waking The Demon" off their Scream Aim Fire album.
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.
Dennis Hodges shows you how to play this Judas Priest classic, which is actually a cover of a Fleetwood Mac song.
Released in 2008 on The Showdown's third record, Back Breaker. This song features pummeling rhythm guitar and a tricky solo.
Learn how to play "(sic)" by Slipknot in this lesson.
Dennis puts a heavy metal spin on this classic Christmas song.
Dennis Hodges teaches this pummeling metal song from the band Meshuggah.
Learn this great Megadeth song from their album Cryptic Writings.
Learn this Megadeth classic from Rust In Peace.
Learn this Megadeth classic from the Countdown To Extinction album.
Learn this great ballad from the Youthanasia record.
Dennis Hodges teaches this Metallica classic from the band's 1988 album ...And Justice For All.
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 teaches you the live, two guitar version of the song.
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.
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 needed to play it.
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.
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 even shows you how to play the hard to hear but very cool clean overdubbed part in the verses.
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 most famous guitar solos and also features his signature whammy bar harmonics at the end.
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.
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 over 21 years ago in 1992.
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.
Dennis Hodges is known on JamPlay as a "Metal" guitar instructor but in this series he'll teach you classic songs from bands such as ZZ Top.
Here is a lesson on a very popular song from ZZ Top's Tres Hombres, which was released in 1973. Dennis Hodges teaches you all the parts, so get ready for some good ol' fashioned blues rock!
Dennis Hodges teaches you how to play this classic song from ZZ Top. If you are a Billy Gibbons fan or just a fan of tasty, slow blues playing in general, check out this lesson!
Learn this early rock 'n' roll classic from Big Joe Turner. Dennis Hodges teaches all of the guitar parts as well as the saxophone solo adapted for guitar.
Learn the guitar parts to Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" as well as a guitar arrangement of the flute solo.
Dennis Hodges covers the acoustic Beatles classic "Yesterday."
Dennis Hodges teaches both the acoustic and electric parts to the classic Beatles song "Can't Buy Me Love."
Dennis Hodges teaches "Drive My Car," a classic song from The Beatles.
Our Lick & Riff Video Library can help you break out of your standard techniques, and can inspire your creativity to move your playing forward.
Random licks and riffs contributed by the JamPlay instructors.
Dennis Hodges clones himself to perform Metallica's classic song, "One" off their ...And Justice For All album.
This is Dennis Hodges' tribute to "Buckethead" aka Brian Patrick Carroll. Buckethead has 25 studio albums and has been in well over 150 different projects as well as playing with Guns N' Roses. He has been voted number 8 on a list in GuitarOne magazine of the "Top 20 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" as well as been included in Guitar World's list of the "50 fastest guitarists of all time".
This is a classical guitar piece that Dennis wrote for a competition a while back. He thought it would be cool to put up here and we agree. Enjoy!
Dennis Hodges plays "43% Burnt" by The Dillinger Escape Plan in stereo.
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