Hey, how’s it going this is Darrin Goodman with Guitar Control, I want to show you how to play the Intro for “Rock Bottom” by Kiss.
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This is a fairly simple easy to play, it uses just some triad shapes and stuff major and minor triad shapes some of which even if you’ve never know, studied or learned triads, which I recommend that you do. I’ve actually have a couple of lessons on here if you want to look back through on the channel where I go over these, but simply the first one we’ve got here is I’m on the 5th fret of the 1st string with my first finger and I’m on the 6th fret of the 2nd string with my second finger and then the 7th fret of the 3rd string with my third finger and the picking on this is easy, it’s just you’re picking strings 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, so you can do that with a guitar pick or you could just do it with your fingers. I play it with my fingers because I just find it a little bit easier personally.
So we’ve got that first doing that 1st shape and I’m going to go 1, 2, 3, just like that just 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, and that picking part of it just repeats the same way over and over again. So we play it once then you’re going to take your 4th finger you’re going to go down on the 1st string of the 7th fret and pick again to the 8th fret with your 4th finger and then back to the 7th fret and then back to the 5th where your first finger is just taking your fourth finger.
What I meant you go through that sequence twice then we go to the next chord shape and you just simply take your first finger and you barre it across the 1st three strings at the 5th fret same picking pattern and we’re also going to be adding these same notes on the 1st string that we did before so 3rd finger to the 7th fret fourth finger to the 8th fret back to the 7th and then back to the 5th.
Now this piece of music is fairly long and it has a lot of repeats and stuff so I’m not going to play through the entire thing I’m just going to play you and show you the different parts. This is what we just did there on part one and there repeats go through this whole sequence a couple of times and then now we have our next change so this next shape is actually just looks like either a regular old D major chord that you know you just take that shape and you move it up so your first finger is on the 5th fret of the 3rd string, your second finger is on the 5th fret of the 1st string and your 3rd finger is on the 6th fret of the 2nd string same picking pattern and now we’re going to add the little note. So we’re going to change from our fourth finger to pick up the 7th fret of the 1st string so we have then the 8th fret.
Simply move that D shape up a whole-step, first and second finger at the 7th fret and your 3rd finger at the 8th fret and we’re going to do the same thing that we did, this time the notes we play with our fourth finger are going to be the 8th fret and the 10th fret. We’ll call this the second part, I’m going to move back to where we was first and second finger at the 5th fret slide up and then back to where we bar across the 5th fret, that’s the end. All part of the first that entire sequence we just played so it ends here and then the whole thing repeats.
Now we’ll move on to the second part, we do that D shape and we move it all the way up on the 12th fret, so our first finger is on the 12th fret of the 3rd string, our second finger is on the 12th fret of the 1st string, and our third fingers on the 13th fret of the 2nd string, and the little added melody notes that we’re adding with our fourth finger are going to be in the 13th fret and the 15th fret.
So I know this is kind of hard to see because you know the frets are so close together so my hands all bunged up here but and then back down to the D shape at the 7th fret and then back down to the 5th fret back to the 7th and then back to the one where we bar and then it ends by keeping your first finger barred and then you move your third finger up to the 7th fret of the 4th string and you just strum it down arpeggio just like that and then that’s where it moves into lthe heavier part of the song where the vocals and everything begin so that whole second part starting up here at the 12th fret.
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