Favorite Guitar Solo?

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  • #14054
    Avatarrgbrock1
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    Hey all,

    Just wondering what everyone’s favorite guitar solo is. Doesn’t have to be
    rock, could be any style of music.

    Mine is Buckethead’s solo on Nottingham Lace.

    Thanks.

    #21295
    AvatarRichard Lundmark
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    Two actually.
    1.) Angus Young – You Shook Me All Night Long
    2.) Allan Holdsworth – Joint Ventures (from the Heavy Machinery album)

    #21298
    AvatarSean Conklin
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    This one is tough. So many killer solos out there. If I absolutely had to pick a favorite this instant, I’d pick John Petrucci’s “Lines in the Sand” solo. That said, I don’t really have a favorite. Too many good ones out there. ๐Ÿ™‚

    #21301
    Avatararc_of_descent
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    My favorites change over time. But my first answer has to be the solo from The Unforgiven by Kirk Hammett.

    #21302
    Avatarbillmeedog
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    @Richard Lundmark 6896 wrote:

    Two actually.
    1.) Angus Young – You Shook Me All Night Long
    2.) Allan Holdsworth – Joint Ventures (from the Heavy Machinery album)

    Hey Richard, ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t mean to change the subject of this thread, (as I will answer in a separate reply!) but I just had to share with you (and everyone else here) my thoughts on “You Shook Me All Night Long.” earlier today (well…Monday) I taught the solo to “You Shook Me All Night Long” to one of my students, as it is one of my favorite examples of the interchange & integration of parallel (from the same root = “G” in this case) minor & major blues tonalities! I LOVE THIS LEAD! It has GREAT feel, phrasing, tone, timing, and (of course) note choice! I believe that most people DO NOT realize just how steeped in traditional electric-blues (particularly B.B. King) Angus Young’s style really is!!! (For example, that “position-shift/slide-up” in bar-6 of the solo is pure B.B!!! Actually, if you think about it, Angus’ vibrato is very similar to B.B.’s too!!!) Another common misconception about Angus (and his brother/rhythm-guitarist Malcolm) is the amount of gain they use. They’re a LOT cleaner than most people think! (Angus’ tone is definitely “grittier” with more gain than Malcolm’s, (which as a soloist, makes sense) but Angus’s tone/gain-structure is much cleaner than most other rock-guitarists and he’s not even close to “Metal-gain!!!” (LOL!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Anywas as you can see Richard, I dig this tune (especially the solo!) That whole album/LP (Back In Black) is CLASSIC!!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Stay-tuned for a few of my faves! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ~Bill Meehan~ ๐Ÿ˜€

    #21303
    AvatarRichard Lundmark
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    I agree Bill!
    AND, since you have that solo as a lesson for students, I have a great continuation exercise for
    you that will TRULY teach your students more about the art of improvisation =)
    Remember the timing variation exercises form my previous lessons?
    Well, this is sort of a more real-life continuation of that.
    1.) Learn the solo from Shook me BY HEART, and especially focus on the rhythmical content.
    2.) THEN, you play over a backing over the solo section from “Strange Kind of Woman” by Deep Purple. The key here is
    a.) To play the Shook Me-solo Note-for-note over the Deep purple backing, FIRST with the same rhythmical values. Thanks to the triplet-feel of Strange, and the slower tempo, this will clash rhythmically something terrible. Wonโ€™t groove an inch even! โ˜บ
    b.) Then, play the solo again, but this time, play it in triplet-feel, using the EXACT same notes and order, just rest on certain ones longer and use triplet with rests on the others to get a good match over the Strange-backing.

    Get the idea? Truly perhaps THE best exercise for learning to break out of a lick or line and adapt it to any circumstance! I WOULD have used this as an example for my IG-lesson, but alas this kind of copyrighted material is hands-off (for now at least).

    #21305
    Avatarbillmeedog
    Participant

    @Richard Lundmark 6905 wrote:

    I agree Bill!
    AND, since you have that solo as a lesson for students, I have a great continuation exercise for
    you that will TRULY teach your students more about the art of improvisation =)
    Remember the timing variation exercises form my previous lessons?
    Well, this is sort of a more real-life continuation of that.
    1.) Learn the solo from Shook me BY HEART, and especially focus on the rhythmical content.
    2.) THEN, you play over a backing over the solo section from “Strange Kind of Woman” by Deep Purple. The key here is
    a.) To play the Shook Me-solo Note-for-note over the Deep purple backing, FIRST with the same rhythmical values. Thanks to the triplet-feel of Strange, and the slower tempo, this will clash rhythmically something terrible. Wonโ€™t groove an inch even! โ˜บ
    b.) Then, play the solo again, but this time, play it in triplet-feel, using the EXACT same notes and order, just rest on certain ones longer and use triplet with rests on the others to get a good match over the Strange-backing.

    Get the idea? Truly perhaps THE best exercise for learning to break out of a lick or line and adapt it to any circumstance! I WOULD have used this as an example for my IG-lesson, but alas this kind of copyrighted material is hands-off (for now at least).

    Hey Richard, ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the idea. That’s pretty cool! I agree that it is amazing how much mileage one can get out of time-value/note-value alteration and rhythmic displacement concepts! (I still have a LONG way to go improving this BTW!) Anyways, that “Y.S.M.A.N.L.” over “S.K.O.W.’s” accompaniment seems like a fun and interesting exercise which is steeped in your concepts of “note-value alteration!” I’ll try that one myself, and once I’m confident with that, (it shouldn’t be too difficult?) then I’ll spring that on my students who are learning about soloing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks bro, you’re truly a master!!! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    ~Bill Meehan~ ๐Ÿ˜€

    #21312
    Avatarbillmeedog
    Participant

    Hey Guys, ๐Ÿ™‚

    I cannot pick a single favorite, because I like too many! Besides, I’m not big on rating “art” similarly to gymnastics – IE: 1st-place; 2nd-place; 3rd-place; etc! :rolleyes:

    So instead, here are some of my faves from some of my favorite guitarists (in NO PARTICULAR ORDER, except it’s sort of chronological…):

    George Harrison – “Something” (The Beatles – Abbey Road)
    Jimi Hendrix – “Machine Gun” (Band Of Gypsys)
    **Neil Young – “Cinnamon Girl” (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere)
    Jimmy Page – “The Song Remains The Same” (Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy)
    Leslie West – “Mississippi Queen” (Mountain – Climbing!)
    John McLaughlin – “Lila’s Dance” (Mahavishnu Orchestra – Visions From The Emerald Beyond)
    Al DiMeola – “Race With The Devil On A Spanish Highway” (Elegant Gypsy)
    Ritchie Blackmore – (Tie!) “Smoke On The Water” & “Highway Star” – (Deep Purple – (Machine Head)
    *Steve Hunter – “Train Kept A Rollin” (Aerosmith – Get Your Wings)
    Larry Carlton – “Kid Charlemagne” (Steely Dan – The Royal Scam)
    Michael Schenker – “Pack It Up And Go” (UFO – Obsession)
    Alex Lifeson – “La Villa Strangiato” (Rush – Live Exit Stage Left)
    Eddie Van Halen – “I’m The One” (Van Halen I)
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen – “Black Star” (Rising Force)
    Steve Lukather – (Tie) “Roseanna” & “I Won’t Hold You Back” (Toto IV)
    Steve Morse – “On The Pipe” (Steve Morse Band – The Introduction)
    Elliot Easton – “Shake It Up” (The Cars – Shake It Up)
    Steve Vai – “For The Love Of God” (Passion & Warfare)
    “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott – “I’m Broken” (Pantera – Far Beyond Driven)
    Ty Tabor – “It’s Love” (King’s X – Faith, Hope & Love)
    Paul Gilbert – “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy” (Mr. Big – Lean Into It)
    Dean DeLeo – “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart” (Stone Temple Pilots – Tiny Music – Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop)
    Guthrie Govan – “Fives” (Erotic Cakes)

    NOTES: *This is NOT a typo! Some people may NOT be aware that Steve Hunter (of Lou Reed’s and (later) Alice Cooper’s touring bands) NOT Joe Perry or Brad Whitford, cut the solo for this epic/classic rock track! …..Hmmm…..?!? :rolleyes::p:

    **I had to include this track’s solo simply out of respect for Neil and the balls he had to embrace “the one-note guitar solo!!!” for 4-bars and then (brilliantlly) REPEAT IT!!! (for a total of 8-bars on that one-note!!!) Genius!

    OK, that’s it…(I think)… and I’m sure I missed some that I love, but as I said before, these lists are impossible for me! (LOL!) :rolleyes: ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Thanks for your patience guys. Enjoy!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ~Bill Meehan~ ๐Ÿ˜€

    #21314
    AvatarMandz
    Participant

    Impossible to choose just one:

    Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
    Live Forever – Oasis. not just the solo though. All the lead parts on the song fit perfectly.
    All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix. Not just the solo, every damned guitar part throughout is perfect.
    Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

    #21317
    AvatarBenJS1000
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    In all honesty guys, I probably have over 50 favourite solos ๐Ÿ˜€
    So here are the first 5 that popped into my head.

    Iron Maiden – Fear of the dark (From A real live one)
    lynyrd skynyrd – Free Bird
    Guthrie Govan – Waves
    Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
    Joe Satriani – The Extremist

    #21322
    AvatarFretDancer69
    Participant
    Quote:
    **I had to include this track’s solo simply out of respect for Neil and the balls he had to embrace “the one-note guitar solo!!!” for 4-bars and then (brilliantlly) REPEAT IT!!! (for a total of 8-bars on that one-note!!!) Genius!

    LOL is that for real? :O i gotta check that out xD

    Well i have to many favorite solos, I will have to list them some other time though.

    #21324
    Avatarbillmeedog
    Participant

    @FretDancer69 6931 wrote:

    LOL is that for real? :O i gotta check that out xD

    Well i have to many favorite solos, I will have to list them some other time though.

    Yes! Check out the studio version/recording of “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young! Seriously, I LOVE the song, it’s just that it has the most minimalistic guitar solo of “all-time!” BTW, for what it is worth, this song uses an interesting tuning called “double-dropped-D,” which is:

    D6__A5__D4__G3__B2__D1

    So, both E-strings drop down a whole step to “D’s.” I ‘ve experimented with this tuning, and it’s really cool, because it’s the bottom half of “Dropped-D” or “Open-D” (with the D5 power-chord on the bottom 3 strings) and the top-half of “Open-G” with the G-major triad on the highest 3-strings (G-B-D respectively!) Therefore, this song is great for playing “slide-guitar,” droning-riffs, etc. I find that using a new tuning like this can be a fun/new way to get cool “songwriting/riff-writing” ideas too! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    ~Bill Meehan~ ๐Ÿ˜€

    #21331
    AvatarFretDancer69
    Participant

    @billmeedog 6933 wrote:

    Yes! Check out the studio version/recording of “Cinnamon Girl” by Neil Young! Seriously, I LOVE the song, it’s just that it has the most minimalistic guitar solo of “all-time!” BTW, for what it is worth, this song uses an interesting tuning called “double-dropped-D,” which is:

    D6__A5__D4__G3__B2__D1

    So, both E-strings drop down a whole step to “D’s.” I ‘ve experimented with this tuning, and it’s really cool, because it’s the bottom half of “Dropped-D” or “Open-D” (with the D5 power-chord on the bottom 3 strings) and the top-half of “Open-G” with the G-major triad on the highest 3-strings (G-B-D respectively!) Therefore, this song is great for playing “slide-guitar,” droning-riffs, etc. I find that using a new tuning like this can be a fun/new way to get cool “songwriting/riff-writing” ideas too! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    ~Bill Meehan~ ๐Ÿ˜€

    ill check it out, interesting tunning as well ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜›

    #21336
    AvatarCoop
    Participant

    Hmm, way to many guitar solos to name but here are a few:

    1. Limelight-Alex Lifeson
    2. Mr. Crowley-Randy Rhoades
    3. The Trooper-Adrian Smith&Dave Murray
    4. Hells Bells-Angus Young
    5. Ride the Lightning-Kirk Hammett

    Those are all very good solos.

    Coop

    #21337
    Avatarbillmeedog
    Participant

    @Coop 6947 wrote:

    Hmm, way to many guitar solos to name but here are a few:

    1. Limelight-Alex Lifeson
    2. Mr. Crowley-Randy Rhoades
    3. The Trooper-Adrian Smith&Dave Murray
    4. Hells Bells-Angus Young
    5. Ride the Lightning-Kirk Hammett

    Those are all very good solos.

    Coop

    Hey Coop, ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m not a big KH fan, ๐Ÿ˜‰ (…I do respect Kirk’s accomplishments though – and his patience in dealing with James & Lars!!! – LOL!) but your choices are awesome! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    ~Bill Meehan~ ๐Ÿ˜€

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