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String Me Along: A Musical Monday


Go ahead and string me along. It is hard to find better listening music than a guitar - regardless of what type of guitar or music. Be it rock and roll, blues, country western, Spanish, those guitar solos really stand out in our favorite tunes.

Today we are going to string each other along by posting our favorite songs that include a guitar solo. Additional commentary you wish to include explaining why your guitar playing hero is tops is welcome.

I remember a time when we had to cast our vote in one of the teen rags of the era for best guitar player. Our choice was between George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Boy, what a tough decision that one was!

Play us your favorites - give us your fantabulous guitar solos. (One song and link post per comment, please)


Ronda Miller 8 years ago

George Harrison is my all time favorite:

While My Guitar Gently Weeps


whats_going_on 8 years ago

yesssss, LOVE IT, love love love love love love love.

whats_going_on 8 years ago

I've always really liked the guitar solo in (I think) a Nirvana song called Lake of Fire.

Liberty275 8 years ago

I think you are actually a Meat Puppets fan. They played the strings on the really famous Nirvana version of that song (unplugged in new york), and they wrote it too.

Cool solo BTW.

RoeDapple 8 years ago

The original, the best (IMHO)

Mason Williams - "Classical Gas" Acoustic

RoeDapple 8 years ago

Thanks Ronda! I was thinking of doing a song blog this morning, but nobody does it like you do!!!

"Eruption Guitar Solo"--Eddie Van Halen

whats_going_on 8 years ago

George was awesome. Perhaps the most forgotten Beatle, but probably one of the brightest and most talented.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Well, you're the pro when it comes to posting some of the greats. You do know your music. Good weekend?

Now I've got to play catch up and listen to these greats!

RoeDapple 8 years ago

Another favorite of mine . . .

"Brothers in Arms" - Dire Straits

coolmarv 8 years ago

Rhonda, It's funny that you mentioned picking between Clapton and Harrison and then chose While My Guitar Gently Weeps as you lead in song. Guess who played lead guitar on the lead solo for that song? That's right Clapton. While George was a good guitarist Clapton is hand down the better of the two or at least his songs showed his talents more than Harrison's songs did.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

I agree with you, Marv. I was aware that Clapton is playing. It was great that he and Harrison had the type of friendship where they brought out the best in each other musically.

I can't help loving Harrison more than Clapton and Harrison did write the song.... ;)

Stairway to Heaven - Zeppelin - it takes a couple of beats to get started, so wait!


Ronda Miller 8 years ago

How about somebody who influenced all of the ones listed so far!

Berry and "Johnny B. Goode"


RoeDapple 8 years ago

Ramblin MAN that i(durn fingers trippin' over each other . . ..)

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Oops is right! I better look closely as I spotted another new oops! :)

coolmarv 8 years ago


Freebird double guitar solo ending. Never get tired of hearing that.

justmesis 8 years ago

Here comes the country western players. I think that Brad Paisley and Keith Urban are both wonderful guitarests. Don't count out Roy Orbison.

RoeDapple 8 years ago

Ronda, I told you about this guy at Jeffersons.

The Lonnie Ray Blues Band - "Sultans of Swing"

acoustics weren't the greatest but he does alright on this one . .

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Hey, sis! Hope things are going well in your time zone. You and schula are good about bringing the country. It's good to have that mix.

Santana and the King! Nice ones, Roe. Sultans of Swing. I'll rock to that.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

You know, roe, that Sultan guitar player reminds me of a very well known author, help me out here. :)

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Hey, schula - you're kicking them out there! ;)

This is for lonelane. I don't know anybody who knows or loves music as much as she does. No tom foolery; nothing lame about it. Nice choice and Clapton looks adorable!

Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton

"Can't Find My Way Home"

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

I'm surprised this master hasn't been named. Who wouldn't enjoy listening to this!

Jimmy Page owns it.

Kontum1972 8 years ago

Robben Ford,...& El Becko..aka Jeff Beck..and Me

riverdrifter 8 years ago

Thank God, somebody knows about Robben Ford...

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Kontum, where's your video? Don't you through walls?

kernal 8 years ago

Eric Clapton numero uno, but then there was also John Fahey.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Good enough. Where's your link and which one(s) stand out in your mind as the best?

SpeedRacer 8 years ago

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

RoeDapple 8 years ago

And check this one out from Uncle Ted! Jimi did it best, but Ted can get 'r done!

"The Star Spangled Banner" performed by Ted Nugent


Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Ted does more than ample. Love Richie!

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Ted does more than ample. Love Richie!

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Yes, we'll have to play him again when we hit that game. He's a fine musician in many respects.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Hendrix "Voodoo Child" I could listen to this one back to back all day long....


Thanks, lonelane for the mail!

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

I hadn't listened to this for ages. Nice....

TheGreatOz 8 years ago

One of my favorite guitar solos is "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Guitar wars has truly begun! My favorite is the one I'm listening to at the time with this great variety. Thanks! And then someone posts another fond memory.

Jeff Cuttell 8 years ago

Or what about a great guitar player, yet often forgotten...... Rick Derringer ---Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo

JayCat_67 8 years ago

I've heard that Rick Derringer ended up playing guitar with Weird Al. Don't know how accurate that is, but, as goofy as the songs are, the guitar work in them is pretty good.

Jeff Cuttell 8 years ago

Dave Davies---Kinks---- You Really Got Me

Jeff Cuttell 8 years ago

The end of Hotel California. Don't know if it's Frey or Schmidt. That fade out is awesome.

K_Verses_The_World 8 years ago

Eliott Randall on Steely Dan's Reelin' in the Years

Forgive me, Bob...

riverdrifter 8 years ago

How can you get strung along without Leo Kottke? He's also touring a bit this year -something he does about as much of as Tom Waits. . .

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

I'm now strung out, great musician and I'm not all that familar with him.

Seen him in concert?

riverdrifter 8 years ago

I've seen him several times. Like Waits, he tours like, oh, once every decade. Perhaps more often than that but limited. He's 63 & has some arthritus but is still on another level. If he comes 'round just drop everything and go.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

I'll have to add him too my list and hope he comes round. I can't believe McCartney will be so close. Going?

GardenMomma 8 years ago

Orion by Metallica


The whole song is instrumental but halfway through is a "solo."

myvotecounts 8 years ago

Yay, a song thread! I've missed these.

My guitar solo song of choice is The Story in Your Eyes by The Moody Blues.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Ah, yes. Moody Blues time! We wondered where you've been!

myvotecounts 8 years ago

That's a fine song, but um... it's a piano solo. Although a piano is a stringed instrument. But someone may "Question" why it is on a guitar thread.


It's nice to see Classical Gas listed up there, along with lots of other really awesome guitar songs. Yes, I think it's good to check in toward the end of the list and see what's here. smile

oldvet 8 years ago

A lot of good ones mentioned... but we need to add:

26 or 6 to 4 - Chicago

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Crazy Train - Ozzy Osborne

My personal favorite was mentioned early... Layla

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Nice to see you, honored vet. I agree Layla is an incredible song. It has it all, poetry, music, tone, style, strings!

Your other additions are good ones as well.

camper 8 years ago

Great blog Ronda. Wanted to add FreeBird but it has already been selected. Here is a good one from Jerry Reed & Chet Atkins. Found one of JR's records a couple of years ago. Man, it was a great find. Jerry Reed is a great musician, and was pretty cool in Smokey & the Bandit.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Hey, camper. I knew you'd have a few that came to mind that would be different from some of these. I also noticed some that you would have posted should you have been able to come on earlier. Good picks!

schula 8 years ago

Camper -- that was great! I had forgotten what a great picker Jerry Reed is. Here he is on Eastbound and Down from Smokey and the Bandit. I haven't seen this movie in a long time -- let's watch sometime.


Linda Hanney 8 years ago

I have an album in which Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler play together. The best

Ron Holzwarth 8 years ago

Fur Elise is the most overplayed piano piece in the world, but you rarely hear it played on the guitar. Not terribly difficult on the piano, but on the guitar, OMG!

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Linda, I agree that is a super combo!

Hey, Ron, I was wondering where you were. Traveling these days? ;)

Lonelane and I had a similar thought - where the heck is Neil Young in all this? I mean really now. He is a superb musician and songwriter.

Per Lonelane's suggestion - Cowgirl in the Sand. Young truly gets into his music!


Ronda Miller 8 years ago

Lovely choice, schula. Come on stringers. Still so many to name.

Liberty275 8 years ago

Kurt Cobain. He had so much raw talent that knowing a few chords made him a genius. Also, Angus Young for being the only lead that has the cajones to plug his guitars straight into the preamp and hit the stage without 20 effect pedals.

Ronda Miller 8 years ago

I'm not that savvy with Cobain's music. I know he was a genius and really loved a great deal.

Nice ones, Roe

Here is a terrific article about Neil Young and his strings.....


Jeff Cuttell 8 years ago

Joe Perry with Aerosmith----Back in the Saddle

Jeff Cuttell 8 years ago

Billy Gibbons---ZZ Top Sharp Dressed Man

Jeff Cuttell 8 years ago

Keith Richards-- Sympathy for the Devil

JayCat_67 8 years ago

And while I was searching for the Satriani song, I stumbled across this one by Yngwie Malmsteen. He calls it "Arpeggios from Hell". Check it out.

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