Riff Playbooks: Luke Hoskin of Protest The Hero


Riff Playbooks column is designed to make you a better player. By gleaning some insight into the technique, composition, and execution of these fine riffs by fine SH artists, you are bound to make headway in your own playing. We cordially invite you to steal a page from our books in order to expand your own diabolical playbook of musical wizardry (not literally though, the books are expensive to create).

Luke Hoskin, guitarist of Protest The Hero, knows how to tap out a major lead. Throughout the PTH catalogue, you can hear this technique being developed and utilized more and more to become a staple part of their sound, which has served to both excite the shred-hungry listener, and help solidify the band as one with a unique musical voice. Luke and Protest The Hero have come to be known for this particular brand of guitar hook, among other things (fart jokes, etc), and "Mist" is a fantastic example of this (tapping, not fart jokes).

Mist was one of the later singles released from their 2013 album, Volition. It is an ode to one of Canada\'s island provinces, Newfoundland, and it sure sounds like it. Aside from the blatant lyrics, the songs core melody is a very uplifting one -  bordering on "folky" at times. It paints a pretty accurate sonic picture of the place. So visit Newfoundland, take a walk up Signal Hill, hang out with some puffins, and slam some screech. Failing that, learn the song "Mist" by Protest The Hero. In the "Volition" Guitar Transcription Book, we are looking at page 133, bars 1 - 4.

And here's Luke slowing it down for us:

As per usual, we punished Luke with some questions once we had broken him down:

To check out The Complete Guitar Transcription for Protest The Hero's "Volition" click HERE.  

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What's that? You want to learn the entire song "Mist"? For free? - you got it! Click HERE

If you'd like to listen to the song in its entirety, head to one of the links below: