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String Me Along: A Musical Monday

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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)

Comments

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

George Harrison is my all time favorite:

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7qpfGVUd8c

whats_going_on 4 years, 11 months ago

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

whats_going_on 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Liberty275 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

The original, the best (IMHO)

Mason Williams - "Classical Gas" Acoustic

RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

Another favorite of mine . . .

"Brothers in Arms" - Dire Straits

coolmarv 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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!

http://www.nutsie.com/song/Stairway%20to%20Heaven/4861115?artist_id=1000330&album_id=4861108

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Berry and "Johnny B. Goode"

RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

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

coolmarv 4 years, 11 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-_8xivRTsY

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

justmesis 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Jimmy Page owns it.

Kontum1972 4 years, 11 months ago

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

riverdrifter 4 years, 11 months ago

Thank God, somebody knows about Robben Ford...

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

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

kernal 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

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

RoeDapple 4 years, 11 months 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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4MH6QVgGls

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zfbrNukQvc

Thanks, lonelane for the mail!

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

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

TheGreatOz 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

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

JayCat_67 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Jeff Cuttell 4 years, 11 months ago

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

riverdrifter 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Seen him in concert?

riverdrifter 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

Orion by Metallica

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbUJilAbPQA

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

myvotecounts 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months ago

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

myvotecounts 4 years, 11 months 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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki2VMALEPc0

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 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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.

http://vodpod.com/watch/1019473-jerry-reed-east-bound-and-down

Linda Hanney 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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!

http://crocmusic.com/track/147370/neil_young/cowgirl_in_the_sand/

Ronda Miller 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Liberty275 4 years, 11 months 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 4 years, 11 months 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.....

http://www.thrasherswheat.org/ptma/Frenchguitar492.htm

Jeff Cuttell 4 years, 11 months ago

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

Jeff Cuttell 4 years, 11 months ago

Billy Gibbons---ZZ Top Sharp Dressed Man

JayCat_67 4 years, 11 months 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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