Learn to play 3 more fun and easy guitar riffs by KISS with Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman, aka Uncle D. Be sure to get the free tabs to go along with the step by step video instructions and you will be rockin’ these classic KISS riff in record time.
How’s it going everybody? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson and today I’ve got volume three of some fun and easy riffs from KISS.
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So be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s get close up and take a look at these 3 fun and easy riffs by KISS.
KISS Riff-1 – She
All right, so the first KISS riff we have is She. So for this one here we start off we just have a G5 power chord; so I’m on the third fret of the low E string with my first finger and the fifth fret of the A string with my third finger, and these are eighth notes. So we’re going to play this one and then we rest on beat two and then on the downbeat of beat three we’re going to do another G5, but we’re just going to do it an octave higher, so we’re going to take that same shape, but now we’re going to move it up a whole step and skip a set of strings so now we’re on the fifth fret of the D string with my first finger and the seventh fret of the G string with my third finger and the eighth fret of the B string with my fourth finger. So when we hit this it’s going to be three and, and then we slide out of it three and four and then we rest on the and of four. So it’s kind of kind of weird, but it’s easier to just feel it like that; so that’s the first measure and this roof’s only two measures long. So the second measure we’re gonna start here on the third fret of the A string with your first finger and we’ve got this little chromatic walk up. So we’re gonna go three, four, five, and it’s sixteenth note, so it’s one e and uh and then on that last sixteenth note is a rest and then on the downbeat of two we hit the third fret of the D string with a little vibrato. All right so we have… then it goes back… then to the fifth fret of the A string and then it just repeats…
KISS Riff-2 – Makin’ Love
All right so the next KISS riff we’ll look at is the opening main riff from the song Makin Love, I think this is a really cool KISS riff. So we’re gonna start off here on the ninth fret of the D and G string and we’re gonna barre that with our third finger. So we start off we’re going to be pedaling the low E string throughout this. So we’ve got… and that’s palm muted and then on the downbeat of two we hit this ninth fret here on the D and G string; so one, and, two, and, three, and, four, and… so that’s the first measure. Then the second measure we still have our third finger here now we’re going to take our first finger and we’re gonna barre it so it’s going across the seventh fret of the D and the G string and then we’re gonna pick starting on the nine and we’re gonna pull-off so we’re doing two strings together and that’s one and, and then on the downbeat of two we’re gonna take that third finger and we’re gonna barre the ninth fret of the A and the D string and then we’re gonna go back to that seventh fret of the D and G string… So this is all eighth notes; one and, two and, three, four, and then we come up here. So this here is a dotted quarter note and then the last one is a quarter note and that’s the first tow measures. Now measure three is the same as the first one and the next measure is similar. We start off with the this nine pull the seven to nine on the A and D strings, back to the seven, but this time instead of just ending on nine we come back to here nine on the A and D and then back to seven, nine…
KISS Riff-3 – I
All right and then the last KISS riff we’re going to look at here is a song off of KISS’s worst selling album and most people just seem to really hate this album. It’s Music From The Elder, if you’re a real KISS fan I’m sure you’re familiar with it. I wonder how most people didn’t care for it, I like it, it’s really weird, it’s not like a typical KISS album, but I really dig it. Anyhow this is a cool song off of that album and I thought would be a good one to do because I don’t think this is this song or album doesn’t really get a whole lot a whole lot of love. So you know if you want to know how to play it this is how you do it. All right so we start off we’re just playing the open low E string and it’s got this real kind of swing thing going on here. So we’ve got one and two and three and four and… it’s three eighth notes, a quarter note and then three eighth notes… So that repeats four times and that’s the first measure and then we’re going to kind of keep that same kind of feel going through it, but we’re going to be playing some additional chords. So we’ve got an E5; so the seventh fret of the A string with my first finger and then the ninth fret of the D and G string with my third finger, just barring it as if I was doing like a major chord, I’m just trying not to get that major third in there on the B string. So we’ve got one, and then on the downbeat of two we just move that down a whole step to D5 and then we have a muted strum for the and of two, back to the seven for beat three, and that’s a quarter note, and then four and it’s D5 back to E again… and that’s the second measure. Okay and then on the third measure it starts off with that muted strum and then we’re going to come down and do an E5 down here; so we’re a low E string is open and I’m on the second fret of the A string and that’s going to be and two, and three, and four, so it’s kind of hangs there for a minute… So we hit this four and, and then it and it just kind of repeats that same thing, it just looks different because it doesn’t end right on the and of four, it’s ending on the downbeat of four… so you basically just do that riff twice and the second time you end it we’re gonna go here to B5. So your first finger is already in the right place since you just did this E5 here so our first finger is on the second fret of the A string, third finger is barring the fourth fret of the D string and the G string; so this is B5 and this is four, and then we move it up a half step to C5 for the and of four, and then that’s tied to uh downbeat of the next measure, well the whole first beat, so four and, one, two. Then we come back to the B and then on the and of two we come to an A5; so the A string open, second fret of the D and G string, and this is a dotted quarter note, so we’re hitting this on the and of two, but it’s going to ring out for the and of two plus beat three and then to the C5 and the and of four D5 and that’s tied to beat one of the next measure and one and then back to the C5 for two… and then down to B5. So this last measure is a three four bar (3/4). So we’ve got…
All right so there you have it, Volume Three of fun and easy riffs by KISS. So let me know what your thoughts are on what I was talking about with that KISS album Music From The Elder. I’m just curious to know if any of you out there who were KISS fans, just drop in the comments, Let me now if you like that album or not and why. I always found this album really interesting that nobody really seems to agree on it. I’ve known some other people besides myself that like it, but it’s just not very common, even among KISS fans.
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