Riff Of The Month: Iron Maiden: Run To The Hills

Run To The Hills

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This leg­endary in­tro fea­tured on Maiden’s 1982 heavy metal clas­sic, Thenum­berofthe­beast. Af­ter four bars of Nicko Mcbrain’s thump­ing drums, the bass and two gui­tars en­ter, with Dave Mur­ray on lead du­ties and Adrian Smith hold­ing down the

rhythm gui­tar on some ‘root-5th’ pow­er­chords. We’ve tabbed out the lead part for you, which con­sists of notes from the A mi­nor pen­ta­tonic scale (A C D E G).

Dave Mur­ray plays all of the notes along the sec­ond string and bends up to each one from two frets be­low – so each bend is a tone wide.

Ac­cu­racy is key here; bend too lit­tle or too much and you’ll lose the song’s tight-pitched de­liv­ery. Try to hear the note in your head be­fore you bend. Prac­tise by fret­ting each tar­get note with­out a bend and mem­o­rise the pitch be­fore at­tempt­ing those bends. Even­tu­ally, your ear and your fin­gers will work to­gether.

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