"Run To The Hills" has been perhaps Iron Maiden's signature song since it was released on their 1982 album The Number Of The Beast.
It is loaded with cool guitar parts, many of them dual guitar parts at that. In this Run to The Hills video guitar lesson series, I will be covering this metal classic that virtually every metal fan in the world knows instantly, note-for-note.
The first video contains the intro and consists of some basic power chords with a soaring melody on top that is played completely with bends. Those bends include a healthy dose of unison bends that can be quite tricky to keep in tune.
The way that melody guitar part is played with bends in the intro is quite unique. You can tell by the way he fingers it and the positions that he is using to play the bends that he is going for a very specific sound for the intro melody. The unison bends make that part sound much bigger than if he played it in just a standard way.
In addition, you will want to make sure that those rhythm chords are played very tight. That aural punch that they deliver is essential to creating that driving sound. So keep it tight and in the pocket!
In the second video, I will cover all the remaining riffs of "Run To The Hills", including the solo.
These riffs include fast gallop rhythms and some interesting chord voicings, especially during the chorus.
The solo is short but sweet containing lots of legato licks.
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