I would find it hard to believe that any rock guitar fan doesn't know this song, it is literally heard everywhere. So I guess it would be a good idea to know how to play it on the guitar in the event someone requests it, or you are just up for a fun song to play.
In these Rock And Roll All Nite guitar lesson videos, I will be taking a look at the KISS Alive version of "Rock And Roll All Nite". This version and lesson will include Ace Frehley's complete guitar solo. And a cool guitar solo it is!
Much of the chords for "Rock And Roll All Nite", all of which I will show you in the first lesson, consist of simple closed position triads and power chords.
We do have to hammer-on some of those triads and that technique of having two fingers hammer-on a chord simultaneously can be a bit tricky at first. In order to accomplish this maneuver, focus on two things. First, focus on the timing of the middle and ring fingers as they execute the hammer-on. They should feel like one big finger. As soon as you can create then sensation of those two fingers being locked together as one, you can then concentrate on the second important element for this technique.
That second important element is the timing of the hammer-on itself. What you are actually doing is hammering-on from a D major triad to a G major triad. The notes of the D major triad are simply grace notes and you should barely be able to here them. The first thing people should hear is the fast hammer-on itself, not the first chord. You will see what I mean when watching the video lesson.
After you have that chord maneuver mastered, the only other challenging chord sequence would be some rather large stretches when they play the D5-D6 Chuck Berry style chord shapes. For those chord shapes, make sure your thumb is in the middle of the back of the neck or maybe even a little bit lower, which will allow your little finger to reach that note.
In the second video I will show you how to play Ace Frehley's guitar solo note-for-note. This solo is full of some aggressive bluesy style licks and a few things a little outside of the norm as well.
All-in-all it is a very highly effective solo from one of rock guitar's most influential guitarists. You can certainly learn a lot from this killer solo!
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