How to Play Ace of Spades by Motorhead (Guitar Lesson)


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Matt Brown

Ace of Spades

Taught by Matt Brown in Songs with Matt Brown seriesLength: 27:41Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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Elemeno PElemeno P replied on January 10th, 2016

RIP Lemmy

midnightbosemidnightbose replied on January 13th, 2016

Going to finish learning this song this time for real. RIP Lemmy.

reanimatorreanimator replied on November 30th, 2012

the main riff lacks the open E

mattbrownmattbrown replied on December 3rd, 2012

Yeah...Thought it sounds better without it...

punisher11292punisher11292 replied on March 28th, 2012

He looks like he's having a great time playing this song.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on March 29th, 2012

I did have a great time! haha...I'm always staring at my laptop, which is just off-screen.

floyd1971floyd1971 replied on March 16th, 2012

On scene 3 at about 1:50 it's impossible to see what finger goes where in spite of 3 angles...can you make it more clear by eliminating the fingers without action ? thanks...

mattbrownmattbrown replied on March 19th, 2012

Hi! The best advice I can give you is to follow along with the tabs and check out the chord charts as you watch the video. Unfortunately, we just don't have time to revisit lessons after they've already been filmed and edited.

marshall laneymarshall laney replied on November 6th, 2011

backing track no longer available ?

gbnarmoregbnarmore replied on May 20th, 2011

Hey Matt, I can't get the tabs to download. Is the problem on your end or mine?

gbnarmoregbnarmore replied on May 23rd, 2011

Scratch that. I got it to work.

robabrobab replied on May 17th, 2011

Nice lesson!! How about some April Wine? Just between you and me.

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on May 17th, 2011

Matt Brown, you beast of a man, you.

biff22biff22 replied on May 16th, 2011

That PRS sounds like a beast... Always hated them until I realized Ler (Primus) played them... now I have to have one. Great lesson.

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Ace of Spades

Matt Brown breaks down Motorhead's energetic tune "Ace of Spades."

Length: 27:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Matt Brown takes an in-depth look at the classic Flaming Lips song "She Don't Use Jelly."

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About Matt Brown View Full Biography Matt Brown began playing the guitar at the age of 11. "It was a rule in my family to learn and play an instrument for at least two years. I had been introduced to a lot of great music at the time by friends and their older siblings. I was really into bands like Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Smashing Pumpkins, so the decision to pick up the guitar came pretty easily."

Matt's musical training has always followed a very structured path. He began studying the guitar with Dayton, Ohio guitar great Danny Voris. I began learning scales, chords, and basic songs like any other guitarist. After breaking his left wrist after playing for only a year, Matt began to study music theory in great detail. I wanted to keep going with my lessons, but I obviously couldn't play at all. Danny basically gave me the equivalent of a freshman year music theory course in the span of two months. These months proved to have a huge impact on Brown's approach to the instrument.

Brown continued his music education at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed a degree in Classical Guitar Performance in 2002. While at Capital, he also studied jazz guitar and recording techniques in great detail. "I've never had any desire to perform jazz music. Its lack of relevance to modern culture has always turned me off. However, nothing will improve your chops more than studying this music."

Matt Brown currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. He teaches lessons locally as well as at Capital University's Community Music School. Matt's recent projects include writing and recording with his new, as of yet nameless band as well as the formation of a cover band called The Dirty Cunnies.

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