Ace Frehley Drops A Bombshell About Himself: ‘I Should Have Done That More’

During a recent conversation with Total Guitar, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley shared a surprising reflection about his musical journey.

Known for his loose playing style, the musician opened up about his approach to guitar playing. Despite his fame and influence, Frehley does not advocate for others to imitate his style, as he said:

“In retrospect, I should have practiced more.”

Embracing A ‘Sloppy’ Style

Despite inspiring many guitarists with his relaxed and melodic style that doesn’t focus on technical perfection, Ace is not bothered by criticisms of his playing being sloppy. In fact, he openly accepts this label, as he describes himself with the following words:

“I’m a sloppy f*cking guitar player! I’ll be the first to admit that. I make mistakes, and sh*t happens – especially live. I play the songs how they’re meant to be played. I deliver the classic Kiss songs and my solo songs how you remember them.”

The Guilt of An Untrained Inspiration

Frehley has an influence on aspiring guitarists, yet he feels a sense of guilt about it. In a 2018 appearance at Hollywood’s Musicians Institute, he expressed his inner conflict, noting:

“I never took a guitar lesson, and just about every day, somebody comes up to me and says, ‘If it wasn’t for you, I never would have picked up a guitar.’ I feel guilty because I never took a guitar lesson. I go, ‘You’re idolizing an idiot.’ I don’t even know what I’m playing half the time. I can’t verbalize it – it just comes out of the speakers.”

In 2019, during Full Metal Jackie’s radio show, the rocker explained that his guitar playing style, including how he holds his pick, developed because he never had formal guitar lessons. He suggested that his unconventional technique often sounds better in rock music, where breaking the rules is accepted.

Fans eagerly await the release of Frehley’s upcoming solo album, ‘10,000 Volts,’ scheduled for release on February 23, 2024. This album is a follow-up to his 2018 all-original release, ‘Spaceman.’