Ghosts of War - Guitar 1

Animated Ghosts of War - Guitar 1 tab by Slayer on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

There are 2 guitars used in the song (King and Hanneman). Here we see Kerry King's Guitar part. Although both guitars have different solos and there are a few different riffs, for the most part both King and Hanneman play the same riffs together. We recommend learning this part first, as it has all the best riffs, and the solos are a bit better.

The song is played at blistering speed, so is very difficult to play at normal pace. You NEED to know how to alternate pick (trem pick) very fast, and how to alternate between palm muting and open notes. However, there are great riffs here, and some are good for beginners, plus lots of fun to play. We'll point those out below.

Like most Slayer songs, this one is in Eb tuning. That means tuning each string down by 1 note to:

Low Eb : Ab : Db : Gb : Bb : Eb

Intro - This is the 'weird' start to the song. It is almost like a mini song, played more quietly until the main song kicks off. There are 3 parts to the intro.

Intro Riff 1 - Intro Riff 2 - Intro Riff 3

Verse Riff 1 - This is a highly repetitive riff. It is easier than the intro riff, but you still need to get tight and fast with your alternate picking.

Chorus Riff - Although still fast as hell, this is one of the easier song riffs because it just involves powerchords and alternate picking 1 note between.

The song then reverts to the verse again, so play Verse Riff 1 again, then shift it up to fret 4 to play Verse Riff 2. It's the same riff, just higher up the fretboard. Finish off with the chorus again.

Solo Backing - Kerry King plays this backing riff while Jeff Hanneman does the first solo. This is one of the easier song riffs.

Solo - King's solo follows Hanneman, like all Slayer solos it's all a bit weird, out of key, fast and uses the whammy bar a lot.

Interlude - What an epic riff. Gotta love this one, it's typical Slayer and really cool. The tempo slows here and you should play the riff using all downstrokes, as shown here.

Second Solo - This is a shorter, easier solo, mainly using arpeggios around the E minor shape at fret 7. End with this E dim7 run (which we've recently been practicing in the Core Skills lessons).

Chuggy Riff - This is very short and repetitive. A great sounding riff with a lot of head-swingibility. Thrash beginners will love this one. Just go slow and get it tight, then build speed. The picking pattern is dud-d-d (repeat).

Ending - This is exactly the same as the first interlude riff, except played one string down. Then just finish the song using the these 3 powerchords + Chuggy riff.

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