How To Play Devil’s Child By Judas Priest

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Learn to play Devil’s Child by Judas Priest from the Screaming for Vengeance album, the eighth studio album Judas Priest.

Devil’s Child appears on the album Screaming For Vengence and is considered the band’s commercial breakthrough, sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide and has been certified double platinum in the United States of America.

This lesson covers all the main guitar parts played by KK Downing and Glen Tipton.
Tablature and a backing track track can be downloaded by visiting my website.

Devil’s Child is a power chord based rocker in the key of A with a melodic theme played through the chorus.

Sound Setting

I have used my normal Judas Priest 11 Rack preset on all guitars.
I am using a Marshall 800 Head. Bass at 12 o’clock and the mids and high up to 3 o’clock.
Pre amp is at 10 and master at 8

I have used a compressor at the front end going into a tube screamer with the the overdrive at 11 o’clock.
I have also added a slight chorus to the effects loop Rate is 0.12s, Depth 10.5 ms Mix is 29% wet.

Slight room reverb but not to much.

With the amount of overdrive and distortion I have my noise gate set way up as I want to really cut the sound of after each chord.

Record History

Screaming for Vengeance is the eighth studio album by Judas Priest. The album, considered the band’s commercial breakthrough, sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide and has been certified double platinum in the United States of America as well as platinum in Canada. The album includes the hit single “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin'”, which became one of the band’s signature songs and a perennial radio favourite.

The World Vengeance Tour began shortly after the album’s release in July 1982 and focused on North America during the summer and fall, Priest not performing in Europe until December 1983. This emphasis on US audiences was in order to establish a solid commercial foothold there, and in particular because “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin‘” became a major hit. That and “Electric Eye” became live setlist staples and some of the band’s most performed songs. “Devil’s Child” has also been performed on various tours between 1982 and 2008, and “Riding on the Wind”, “Bloodstone” and the title track have also been in the setlist on various tours. For comparison, “Fever” was only played at the first two 1982 shows and “(Take These) Chains” only appeared in the setlist in 2019. The 30th-anniversary release of the album in 2012 came with a DVD of a live show recorded in May 1983 at the US Festival in California on the last date of the Screaming For Vengeance Tour. During the US tour to support the album in 1982, Judas Priest were supported by bands such as Iron Maiden, Krokus, and Uriah Heep.

Tablature For KK Downing:

Judas Priest - Devils Child - KK Downing

Tablature For Glen Tipton:

Judas Priest - Devils Child - Glen Tipton

 

Backing Track with Guitar:

Backing track with Drums & Bass Guitar: