Kiss – Rock And Roll All Nite Guitar Lesson

Perhaps the biggest rock anthem of them all, "Rock And Roll All Nite" is KISS at the top of their game.

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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Rock And Roll All Nite Guitar Lesson Pt.1 - Chords

Rock And Roll All Nite Guitar Lesson Pt.2 - Solo


  1. Luigino Brusco on February 18, 2015 at 1:40 am

    What a surprise! It is not easy to hear someone that remember this band, with a song like this! Great lesson, I hope there will be more! Thanks a buch, Carl. Liked very much!

  2. james blankenship on April 14, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Great song ,, great band ,,, I saw them twice in Charlotte NC. I was looking around the site , you got it looking fantastic. I noticed you haven’t did a lesson on “Aint Even Done With The Night” by ; John Mellencamp — ( John Cougar ) back in his early days. This song screams CLASSIC. To me it is the best song he ever did. I would love to see you do a free lesson ,,,, for this CLASSIC ,,,,, so I can learn it the right way. You tha Man ,,,,,,,,,,,, Carl

  3. mark roddy on April 22, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    needing more Kiss Carl.

  4. scott pierson on July 16, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Carl! Was wondering if you could do God Gave Rock and Roll To You II? It’s the best of the best non-makeup Kiss songs! Lot going on with it, too! I’ve seen other lessons for it elsewhere, but your lessons are my go to for songs now!

  5. Nicholas Kocher on March 14, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Great lesson Carl!

  6. Travis Wayda on March 9, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    please do Tears Are Fallin that is one of ther best songs and ther are no good lessons for that song.

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