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K.K. Downing: How to Play Judas Priest's "Before the Dawn" Solo

In this recent "Toys in the Attic" video from January, brought to you (and us) by K.K. Downing's Steel Mill, former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing plays Priest´s "Before the Dawn" guitar solo—and adds a bit of improvisation as he addresses the camera.

He also throws in a few pointers about how to—and how not to—play the solo, one of many highlights on the band's Killing Machine album from 1979 (1978 in the U.K.).

It looks like it would it be awesome to hang out with Downing. Just sayin'!

Be sure to check out the video where Downing shows off his Priest-era Gibson Flying V guitars.

To keep up with Downing in 2016 (and beyond), visit kkdowning.net.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.