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Dead Weather Guitarist Describes ‘Let Me Through’ Technique

Band closes out latest instructional video with performance of ‘Dodge and Burn’ cut after Dean Fertita lesson

The Dead Weather have shared another of their zany instructional videos detailing the construction of their new LP, Dodge and Burn. In their newest installment, guitarist Dean Fertita breaks down how the band crafted the album cut, “Let Me Through.”

“The song was based around a bass riff that we just looped, and Alison [Mosshart] wrote the lyrics and vocal without guitar at all; just bass and drums,” Fertita says. The guitarist is about to showcase how the Bit Commander pedal gave his instrument its crunching sound, but is interrupted by a phone call from a Japanese man – subtitles provided – who explains the riff’s bended low E string at the 10th fret and other intricacies. (This instructional video naturally debuted at Guitar World.)

“This pedal kind of gives a lot of dimension to anywhere you play on it,” Fertita adds. He next highlights his Fulltone ETC-1 Analog Tape Delay and how it works on the “Let Me Through” guitar solo. The Japanese-speaking neighbor – revealed to be Jack White – then calls back to complain about the decibel level of Fertita’s guitar playing.

The instructional video wraps up with a full band performance of the vicious “Let Me Through,” with Fertita implementing all those techniques in action. As Fertita noted early on, it’s evident that the track was written around Jack Lawrence’s bass and White’s drumming, but Fertita fleshes out the song with his pulverizing guitar flourishes.

Previous Dead Weather videos have seen White give a drum seminar and Lawrence break down the bass riff on Dodge and Burn‘s “Mile Markers.”

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