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Nita Strauss Lesson: How to Play Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen"

In the video below, former Iron Maidens guitarist Nita Strauss, now a member of the Alice Cooper Band, shows you how to play Cooper's late-1970 hit, "I'm Eighteen" (also commonly known as "Eighteen").

As Strauss points out in the video, Cooper's original studio version of the song doesn't offer much in terms of a "solo" section.

As a result, Strauss wrote her own parts and solo section for the tune; essentially, this is what she plays when Cooper and the band perform it live.

Strauss' lovely and talented guest stars in the pro-shot video are courtesy of Ibanez and Blackstar.

We've also included a fan-filmed 2014 clip of Strauss performing "I'm Eighteen" with Cooper at the Hollywood Bowl.

For more information about Strauss, including more videos, news and other Strauss-isms, visit and follow her on Facebook and/or Twitter. As always, enjoy!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.