How to Play the Hell Song Solo

by Lee Johnson Google

Learn to play the solo from the "The Hell Song" to perfect a cover version of the track. "The Hell Song" is the opening track from Sum 41's 2002 album, "Does This Look Infected?" and the solo begins one minute and 45 seconds into the track. Sum 41 is a four-piece Canadian band, fronted by Deryck Whibley, and the original solo on "The Hell Song" was played by original lead guitarist Dave Baksh, who left in 2006. The solo features bends, trills, hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides.

Step 1

Play the opening to the solo by pressing down the high E string at the fourth fret and the B string at the seventh fret. Play these notes together, then pick the E string three times before playing both notes again. Bend the notes upwards slightly the second time, and slide down to the fourth fret on the B string.

Step 2

Slide back up to the seventh fret from the second fret on the B string, then pluck the string an additional three times with the seventh fret pressed down. Press the G string down at the ninth fret, and pluck this note followed by the eighth fret and the sixth fret.

Step 3

Pluck the G string again with the sixth fret pressed down. Play a hammer-on and pull off at the eighth and ninth frets, then at the sixth and eighth frets, and finally at the fourth and sixth frets. When you finish on the fourth fret, slide down one fret to the third fret.

Step 4

Play the fourth, fifth, then the seventh fret on the B string. Press the high E string down at the fourth fret and play the note, before playing the seventh fret on the B string again. Repeat the fourth, fifth and seventh fret run on the B string again, and slide back down to the fourth after plucking the final note.

Step 5

Play a trill on the third fret and fourth fret of the B string. Do the same on the fourth fret and the sixth fret. After trill, play the fourth fret once. Press down the sixth fret of the B string and pick the note again.

Step 6

Press down the ninth fret on the B string and then the 11th fret on the G string. Pluck both of these strings and bend the notes slightly upwards. Move both fingers up two frets and then pluck the strings twice, bending the strings up with your fretting hand as you do.

Step 7

Move both fingers up one more fret and do the same again. Move up another two frets and do the same again. Play the 13th fret on the G string, and then move up to the 18th fret, playing this note and bending it up with your fretting hand. Play this bend again.

Step 8

Play the series of bends around the 18th fret on the G string. The other notes incorporated are the 16th fret of the G string, the 18th fret of the D string, and the 19th fret of the B string. (See Resources for full details.) Play up to the slide from the 15th fret to the 16th fret on the G string.

Step 9

Hammer-on and pull off on the 16th and 18th frets of the D string. Hammer-on from the 16th fret of the A string to the 18th. Pluck two notes on the 16th fret of the A string, followed by two on the 14th fret. Repeat these four notes, sliding between them when you change.

Step 10

Pluck the note at the 14th fret twice more, followed by the note at the 16th fret twice more and the 14th a final two times. Fret the A and low E strings and the 14th fret and pluck both strings. Finish by playing the 16th fret on the E string, followed by the 14th and then the 16th again.

About the Author

Lee Johnson has written for various publications and websites since 2005. His articles have appeared in "Sandman" magazine, the "Crewe Chronicle" and on the website Beyond Hollywood. He is primarily a music journalist but has written on many subjects. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Manchester Metropolitan University.

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