The 7 Greatest Guitar Solos – And How to Play Them

The 7 Greatest Guitar Solos – And How to Play Them

Adam Summers | February 5, 2008

Really nailing a guitar solo feels great, but deciding on which ones to really learn is often a hard choice. Here’s some of the best guitar solos that people find the most… learnable (is that a word?).

Check out some easy guitar solos by some artists you’re sure to recognize

7. Island in the Sun by Weezer

It’s pretty easy to find the video clip for Island in the Sun, the hard part is finding JUST the solo. So I’ve got the full video linked to here (it will open in a new window), you just need to fast forward to 1:55 which is just a couple of bars before the solo kicks off, you’ll know you’re in the right place if you see a gigantic bear licking River in the back of the head.

Btw, I can’t embed the video here because it’s copyrighted

Now that you’re familiar with the solo I want you to take a look at the tabs for it, click here to load them up in a new window.

6. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This guy does an awesome job of breaking it down for you and showing you exactly how to play this solo, the only thing I’d recommend is listening to the solo before and after so you get the context and timing right.

Oh… here’s a link to listen to the full version of Californication (Apparently you have to be in the US to watch it due to Copyright restrictions… what a load of shit!)… Songza to the rescue!

5. When I Come Around by Greenday

Open up the tabs to the song here… try and read the tabs in time with the music to get a good understanding of how the solo is structured. One thing tablature lacks is the ability to show time… which is also one of its advantages.

Oh, and this song is tuned down half a step, so you might want to try it after the other ones.

4. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Here’s a series of videos showing you exactly how to play it:

3. Money by Pink Floyd

Believe it or not, this is actually a pretty easy guitar solo, maybe not as easy as the ones above, you’ll want to learn this in parts, there’s a lot to remember but when you start chunking it down you’ll be able to nail it.

It’s a real shame this video is so out of sync… you get the feeling its fake… but its not.

Click here to open up the tabs in a new window.

2. Fade to Black by Metallica (The beginning Solo)

Check out this dude nailing the solo to Fade to Black… he’s got a good backing track too (and some nice guitars!)


This one is also kind of long, but worth the time. Click here to open the tabs in a new window.

1. Live Forever by Oasis

This is a pretty good rendition of the solo in Live Forever… Check it out to get a good idea of what you’re supposed to do, and what it sounds like:

And check out the guitar tabs here.

So that’s it! I hope I gave you some cool resources and things to practice tonight, let me know how you get on in the comments section.

Cheers

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