How To Play Shakin' All Over by Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

The original recording:

This song is a true rock n roll classic which I really enjoyed figuring out and learning to play for this lesson. Guitars on the original recording were played by the Pirates guitarist Alan Caddy (who plays the high muted riff in the verses), and guest session player Joe Moretti (who plays the main riff, the solo and, I'm guessing, the main chorus part). For more background on the recording check out this fantastic interview with Brian Gregg, the Pirates bass player. (Thanks to Tim, friend of this site, for sending me a link to this.) Gregg says that the whole track was recorded live in one take, with the exception of a guitar "shimmer" part overdubbed using a cigarette lighter on the strings at the 12th fret. I'm guessing this occurs on the E minor chord in the stop just before the chorus. Sadly, I read this interview after I'd filmed the lesson, otherwise I'd have had to give that a try. 

Here's the music for the intro, verse and chorus. I've arranged the verse for one guitar alternating between the riff and the high muted part. I've just written out the lead guitar part for the chorus; the rhythm guitar simply doubles the baseline playing the low riff. I'd probably play something like what's written here if I were the only guitarist in the band. If you play the song with someone else you could have a try splitting the song up into different lead and rhythm parts.


Here's the solo - I've tried to transcribe it as accurately as I can (my first real attempt using Guitar Pro which I'm still not totally comfortable or happy with. Better than Sibelius in some ways, worse in others…) There are some interesting nuances which I didn't really go into in the video, such as the way the slides in the first and last sections of the solo alternate between upward and downward slides into and out of the E note. Sounds great, but quite hard to replicate. In the video I put in an extra slide on the first beat of bar 8, it should actually just be an open high E as shown below.