As I Lay Dying - The Sound of Truth (guitar cover)





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Published on Sep 19, 2008

I was first introduced to this song by some guy talking trash about the simplicity of the songs Ive been covering. It turns out that I really like this song (and the band), so I decided to do my own version! The song is not terribly difficult, but there are some tricky parts. There is a very fast pull-off run in the chorus that I find tough to get clean, and other parts require very steady fast alternate picking, which is one of my weaknesses. Also, there is quite a bit of finger tapping in the song, so I had to break my bad habit of tapping with my index finger. After several painful days of tapping with my middle finger, I finally developed a callus! The solo involves a sweep tap, which is a technique I had never attempted before learning this song. Its a bit sloppy in places, but I'm tired of practicing the song over and over again (and so is my wife!), so here it is!

I transcribed it by ear, and my Guitar Pro file is now available on my website (see link below). If you don't have Guitar Pro, please read the information about TuxGuitar on my website. The tuning is DROP D. Most songs on the album "An Ocean Between Us" are in drop C, but NOT THIS ONE.

As usual I am recording directly to my computer using my relatively new Line 6 POD X3. I created a custom dual tone trying to get close to AILDs sound on this song. Its a blend of the Line 6 Modern High Gain (Soldano X88R) and the Treadplate 2001 (Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier). I will put the tone file on my website shortly so anyone with a POD X3 can use it.

And before anyone asks: Yes, I am sun burnt (from golfing yesterday).

For questions about my gear, recording method, playing history, tabs, please visit my website before asking me:



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Keller Martin
205 people are clearly egotistical bassists
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Tony Sharman
when you get the need of playing metal after a round of golf...
geez tons
that awkward moment when the cover has more views than the original song.. :D 
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Nishanth Moses
I remember watching this when I first started playing guitar. I was so blown away back then and even now watching this, your licks are so precise/controlled.
this the most clean cover i have heard in months... 
Collin Cleary
I can only wonder which trolls gave this 800 dislikes
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Felippe Bueno
I think you created a whole generation of guitarists. Please go back to youtube! (Not my first comment on this, but whenever I run into your Video, I make this appeal) LOL
Johnny Dangerously
Great job man. I started playing about 14 years ago. I see a lot of decent guitar players with the sloppiest of techniques. You sir ARE ON POINT! I am like staring at your left hand and you keep it lined up with the neck perfectly. People don't realize how critical that is! Great job man!!!
Supersanta 7
Just think, maybe one day this guy is gonna show his kid his covers and go holy shit, this has 2 million views and maybe he'll start making more videos. Who knows.
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Emy Valle
Man I'm 25 now, married and all grown up haha but I still remember watching this my junior year of high school in 2008! Now more than ever I understand why he didn't stick to YouTube full time and instead became a dad and a family man.
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