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With this “famous riff” lesson we will take a look at the main riff from Iron Maiden’s classic “The Trooper” off their Piece of Mind album.
This lesson is actually going to cover a couple of riffs, the intro and the harmony guitar part before the vocals come in.
The biggest challenge in this The Trooper guitar lesson video will definitely be the quick shifts required to play it up to speed. There is a pattern in the riff that is basically just repeated 3 times so that part of it is simple to understand.
The first thing I think you should focus on would be the pattern first. Then it will just be a process of playing the pattern after every shift. Easier said than done I know, but anything worth doing always requires a little bit of work. 🙂
From there we arrive at the cool little harmony guitar section. This type of harmony guitar stuff is definitely an Iron Maiden signature. What I demonstrate in the lesson is just one of the harmony lines. When I teach the entire song I will be sure to include every harmony part.
Speaking of learning the entire song. If you want to learn all the classic metal guitar parts of this song simply help this video get 600 YouTube “likes”.
In any case, just remember to take everything nice and slow. This is the kind of riff that can lock into your hands pretty easily, so just give it time to do so before playing it up to full speed. 🙂
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