Killswitch Engage’s Holy Diver Guitar Tab
Holy Diver is a classic metal song that almost all rock fans will know. Killswitch Engage’s version of Dio’s iconic anthem is an excellent modern rendition that any metal fan will enjoy to no end. Mike will show you how to play this song on guitar using a distorted, effected tone and unison bends, dropped D power chords and textural parts such as pinch harmonics and double stops.
In Guitar 1, students learn to play the basic chords and songs that make up the music of most popular styles. Smoke on the Water, Born to be Wild and Holy Diver are examples of tunes learned in this class. Each class is recorded and students may view a missed session to catch up on the material covered. The desire to keep playing is essential for success with this class. Students will have a great time!
Adding another guitar gives you some flexibility in terms of the overall sound and feel of the song. It can be used to play “horn riffs”—additional lines that mimic the effect of a brass section, filling in any empty spaces left by the lead melody or accentuating big rhythmic hits from the drum beat or chord progression.
Another way to use the second guitar is to split chord voicings. For example, in the first part of the song, guitar 1 plays full strummed chords and guitar 2 plays arpeggiated chords that are slightly different, such as being played in open position instead of capo.
This technique can also be used to add vocal harmonies—chord tones that are a third or sixth above or below the melody. Or, as in the third part of the song, the second guitar can simply add a ringing cross-picked pattern up the neck—a sound that would be difficult to emulate on one single string.