Aces High (Dave Murray)

Animated Aces High (Dave Murray) tab by Iron Maiden on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

Here we look at Dave Murray's guitar part for Aces High. Typical for Iron Maiden, the 2 guitars (Dave Murray and Adrian Smith) play harmonies. That means playing similar guitar melodies and riffs that work well together, but do not use the same notes. Often they will do this during Intro riffs (like in this song). During other song parts they will both just play the exact same thing. We look at Adrian's guitar separately.

You can learn either guitarist's riffs for this song (or both). One isn't more dominant than the other. And they are generally similar, except for the solos.

Intro Riff 1 - Just keep repeating these 6 notes. Adrian plays another set of 6 notes alongside. Use very light palm muting.

Intro Riff 2 - This short riff is played fast, and again it's alongside Adrian's harmony. You can use your 1st and 3rd fingers to play through it (instead of your 2nd and 4th). However, at full speed the way we show is likely to be easier.

Verse - Ah the joy of simple powerchords. Notice that the progression changes halfway through to use a different set of powerchords.

Bridge 1 - Quite a simple repeating lick. At the tail end of it the guitars play separate harmonies.

Chorus - Easiest part of the song. Just slam those powerchords and hold them while Bruce does his opera thing.

Bridge 2 - Repetitive but cool riff that acts as the staging platform for launching into the solo.

Solo - Dave starts off the solo. Just bend that string, hold it and keep picking. This is one of Dave's easier solos to learn. That won't make it beginner-friendly (this is Dave Murray after all), but still it's a good solo and if you like it - give it a go.

Solo Backing - After his solo, Dave switches to these powerchords to back Adrian Smith as he launches into his solo.

And that's all the song parts you need to learn for the whole song! After that solo, just repeat the appropriate song parts (verse, chorus, bridge riffs etc) until the end of the song. They're all exactly the same as the parts we've already pointed out here.

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