How To Play Victim Of Changes By Judas Priest
Victim of Changes guitar lesson as performed by Judas Priest.
This lesson looks at all the rhythm guitar section, from the intro, through to the quiet section towards the end of the song.
I haven’t included the lead guitar parts in this lesson.
This a long song with many sections to cover so I have tried to make the lesson as clear and as simple as I can.
I hope you enjoy.
The tabs for the song can be downloaded here Judas Priest – Victim Of Changes
“Victim of Changes” is a song by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, featured on their 1976 studio album Sad Wings of Destiny.
Adrien Begrand, writing for PopMatters, claimed the song changed the course of metal history. The guitar work is noted as well, Bob Gendron praising the song’s “landslide riffs” in the Chicago Tribune.
The song has come to be regarded as one of the band’s classics, and Martin Popoff listed it at No. 17 in his “Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time”.
The song is a combination of two songs by two Judas Priest singers: “Whiskey Woman”, by Priest founder Al Atkins and guitarist K. K. Downing, and “Red Light Lady” by later singer Rob Halford. Live versions of the song appear on several of the band’s live albums, such as Unleashed in the East, ’98 Live Meltdown and Live in London.
The song opens with a fade-in dual guitar passage that flows into the song’s main riffs. A linear pattern is followed until the staccato section in the bridge. The song’s first main guitar solo follows afterward, played by K. K. Downing. The bridge section finishes and goes into a lighter, more mellow section that soon intensifies. The second solo, played by Glenn Tipton, comes during the heavy section. The song returns to the main riff and finishes with Rob Halford’s banshee-like screams. The lyrics are about a failing relationship due to a woman’s alcoholism. The song is written in the key of E minor.