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Trent Swartzentruber teaches you how to play “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent. This song was a single off his self-titled debut album, released in November of 1975 by Epic Records. The single went double platinum in the US and launched Nugent’s solo career. 
Nugent originally gained his fame by performing as lead guitarist for a band called The Amboy Dukes in the 1960’s. His 1975 solo album became the first of 13 studio albums, with the latest releasing in 2007. In 1982, he formed supergroup The Damn Yankees with members of Styx and Night Ranger.
Stranglehold still holds popularity today with its appearance in many motion pictures such as Dazed and Confused, Rock Star, and Superbad, as well as a few TV shows such as Entourage. The song is also featured in the game, Guitar Hero World Tour, as an encore piece after defeating Nugent in a guitar battle.
The original song is over 8 minutes in length and features a famous guitar solo that was originally recorded in 1 take. This lesson teaches the single radio version.
Get ready to learn some great pentatonic licks and solos, as well as a killer signature riff. 

Trent plays a Gibson Midtown Custom in the lesson.

Trent Swartzentruber
    Trent Swartzentruber is a Nashville based guitar player hailing originally from Phoenix, AZ. He toured with Christian artist Jeff Deyo for five years, and then became the instructor for Guitar Apprentice, a visual game-like learning interface teaching hit songs. Trent is also an experienced bass player, learning that instrument as a young lad years before he ever picked up a guitar. Currently, Trent is working as a studio musician, serves at a local church, and is generally being awesome wherever he goes.

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By Ted Nugent

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