Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate
Composer – Dickinson / Smith
Where to find this song – Powerslave track # 2
Release Date – January 1984
Iron Maiden was one of the most influential bands of the heavy metal genre.The often-imitated band existed for over 20 years, pumping out wild rock similar to Judas Priest. Iron Maiden has always been an underground attraction; although failing to ever obtain any real media attention in the U.S. (critics claimed them to be Satanists due to their dark musical themes and their use
of grim reaper “Eddie”).
The Main Riff
The key to this riff is the open notes being played on the “A” string to signify the timing. Begin by noticing that the first three measures are primarily the same, with the second measure focusing a little less on the “A” string. Use all downstrokes with your pick. It’s at a very fast tempo of 188 beats per minute, so your picking arm might get a little tired.
Start by playing the “A” string open twice, and then use your 1st finger on the fifth fret on the “D” string and the “G” string. Play the open string again twice, and then use your 1st finger again for the seventh frets on the “D” string and the “G” string. End the measure by playing the “A” string open twice.
For the second measure, don’t forget to add a little vibrato on the seventh frets on the “D” string, the “G” string, and this time, the “B” string.
Play the last measure by placing your 1st finger on the fifth frets of the “D” string and the “G” string. Play that once, and then play the “A” string open a few times. End the measure by placing your 1st finger on the second frets on the “D” string and the “G” string. Allow the “A” string to remain open.