How To Play Transylvania By Iron Maiden

Learn to play note by note


How to play Transylvania by Iron Maiden.
Released on the album Iron Maiden on 14 April 1980 in the UK.

Transylvania is a instrumental track and features Dave Murray and Dennis Stratton on guitars. Adrian Smith would join the band and the end of European tour in November 1980.

Although Iron Maiden have since criticised the quality of the album’s production, the release was met with critical and commercial success, peaking at No. 4 in the UK Albums Chart as well as achieving prominence for the band in mainland Europe.

This was also the only studio album with guitarist Dennis Stratton, who, having been brought in as a last-minute placement, was dismissed due to “musical differences” after the band’s European tour in support of Kiss. Suspicions were first raised during Iron Maidens recording, when Stratton added Wishbone Ash-esque harmony guitars and backing vocals reminiscent of Queen to “Phantom of the Opera“, of which the rest of the band immediately disapproved and had removed. Although Stratton stated that he was not “trying to push the band in a new direction”, Harris commented that it “really pointed up the difference between Den and us”, after which he began to notice that “Dennis was so much more into playing stuff like “Strange World” than he was “Iron Maiden” or “Prowler”, because it was more slow, melodic … when he was soloing on one of the heavier songs, it wasn’t with quite the same passion”.

Here are the tabs for Dave Murray’s guitar parts:

Iron Maiden - Transylvania - Dave Murray

Here are the tabs for Dennis Stratton guitar parts:

Iron Maiden - Transylvania - Adrian Smith

I have included 2 backing tracks for you to practice playing over. The first one includes the rhythm guitar played by Dennis Stratton:

This track is just drums and Bass guitar: