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The better-than-average-est guitar solos

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by thesamhill, Nov 19, 2020.

  1. thesamhill

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    Asked some friends for recommendations on solos they enjoy, so I can listen and dig into them and learn about guitar solo composition.

    They suggested I check out Slash, Kirk Hammett, Jimi Hendrix- basically, suggesting I check out the best solos by the best lead guitarists on the planet.

    Bless their hearts :) Definitely cool. But... baby steps

    What's out there that is less Slash and more Mike Campbell, in terms of guitar soloing? What are some favorite "better-than-average"est guitar solos? Solid, 20-40 second-ish solos that are great without being virtuosic speed-wise, but that totally make the song?
     
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    Sultans of Swing. The solo and the fills are all based off the chords.
     
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    Just about anything from Steely Dan, esp Aja.
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    Yeah man! Funny, originally in the post I had mentioned Knopfler and Gilmour as the other OGs of non-speed-demon solo composition. In the interests of keeping it short I ended up taking that out, but they're there too.

    They are tough, though. They're so deep in the soundtrack of my life. I mean, seriously, EVERYONE has that one girlfriend/boyfriend who was way into Floyd and I'm not sure I need to be reminded of her all the time. There's a reason I left New Mexico, you know? I don't regret anything, but no one in that whole situation emerged unscathed... OK see? this is why I can't listen to Floyd anymore without mentally preparing myself for a day or two, lol
     
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    I mean, he’s one of the greats but Gilmore’s first solo on Comfortably Numb has always been one of my favorites. Nothing crazy really going on except perfect tone and his soul pouring through the guitar.
    Not shredder virtuoso stuff, just brings the song from good to great. The one that closes out the song is also amazing but that first one really is what always gets me.
     
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    Started reading your post and thought what about the dude from the Heartbreakers? Wait nvm he mentioned him. Ok, well Knopfler does some not very.... damn. How about Gilm.... oh you must be kidding me.

    My first three thoughts mentioned in the first two posts. I’ll have to think about it.

    Surprised you made it out of NM. They don’t call it the Land of Entrapment for nothing ;)
     
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    I feel the SAME way about Pink Floyd.
    Too funny!I miss The Land Of Enchantment so much!I have been up in this Colorado mess for twenty years now next month.
     
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    Joe Walsh is one of the absolute masters of short but sweet solos.
    Here's but one example. The Gretsch goodness during the verses is exemplary too.
     
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    this one is extremely effective
     
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    Solo in Black Crowes Hard to Handle. Or China Grove by Doobie Brothers.
     
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    Live performance of Clapton playing Stormy Monday. It was one of the first times I heard a blues solo tell a story.

     
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    New Mexico is my all time favorite thing I'll never do again. Absolutely gorgeous people, living in an absolutely gorgeous part of the country, doing completely insane and terrifying things, surrounded by contraband, machine guns, venomous desert creatures, and the most amazing food on the planet. My decision to leave essentially boiled down to losing a game of chicken. But what a rush...


    Right?

    There are times when I think it's the same woman, roaming the earth, never aging, bringing Pink Floyd and insanity to naive young men. Sort of like the spiritual photo negative of Santa Claus.
     
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    "Free Four" - Pink Floyd
     
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    I’d go back to some of the 50s stuff as a starting place. Quick but not technical, melodic, not show offy. Scotty Moore on Hound Dog. Any classic Chuck Berry tune. Personal fave is Jeanie Jeanie Jeanie by Eddie Cochran.
     
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    Breaking In My Heart---Tom Verlaine
    Sway---Mick Taylor's solo
    Ball and Chain---Bee Houston's solo
    Robin Trower---Daydream
    Bad Brains---Destroy Babylon
     
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    It never hurts to mimic the melody line of the vocals once in awhile, either.
     
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    My #1 recommandation here is everything Beatles from Revolver on (and if you like rockabilly licks, even earlier stuff). Both George Harrison and Paul McCartney are terrific – neither is a technical monster, but loads of taste, story-telling and good harmonic sense in everything they do. And, you may find some challenging, tricky stuff for progressing technically.

    "Something" is one of my favorite guitar solos of all times.

    My other two recommendations are Eric Clapton (end of the 60s, early 70s – Badge being his best solo ever in my view) and David Gilmour. Both masters, in their prime, at etching out a meaningful solo. Gilmour, in particular, is amazing at using motifs in his solos (check out "Money").

    To get the most out of learning these solos, don't turn to YouTube lessons or transcriptions. Do it by ear. It's not difficult, and it will teach you LOTS of stuff about what notes go where.

    PS: John Mayer is badass too, exactly in the same way – his solos on "Something like Olivia" or "Queen of California" are great examples of how you can say a lot with a few well-placed notes.
     
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    A guy could do a lot worse than learning the basic structure of Rick Vito’s slide solo in Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock.” Even if you didn’t do it with a slide. Just trying to get a sense of how he got around on the neck into different registers, and how he phrased it. A zillion pickup truck commercials later, that is still some great soloing. 2:11-3:10...



    This one came up the other day on another thread; more great phrasing, 1:48-2:05...



    And 1:54-2:12...



    Intro, 2:03-3:25, 4:05-end...this thing is full of tasty moves.

     
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    A Pink Floyd song I love almost as much as Comfortable Numb is The Turning Away!
     
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