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5 Greatest Rock Guitar Solos

Updated on March 3, 2010

Favorite Solos

Growing up I always wanted to learn how to play the guitar. For some reason, my parents would never buy me one no matter how much I begged. So, when I turned 15 I took all my birthday money and purchased my first electric guitar. I knew what I wanted to learn. I had my favorite guitar solos already in mind and wanted to play them. It was a long road and I can't say I have ever achieved the ability to play them all, but still thought I would share my all time favorite guitar solos for anyone that needs some goals on guitar. These solos do everything from just putting a real polished finish on the whole song to just showing off. In my personal opinion, if you can play any of them, you have some pretty good skills.

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5. No More Tears played by Zak Wylde

This is an Ozzy Osbourne song that was on the album No More Tears. This is a great tune from the driving bass line all the way to the guitar solo. Zak Wylde was much younger then, but this tune still rocked. The solo just really seems to fall in line with the song. To me, that's what makes a great guitar solo great.

4. Eruption played by Edward Van Halen

 This solo is the grandaddy of finger tapping. We may not have many of our favorite guitar players had a Mr. Van Halen not came to the scene. He changed guitar playing forever. This tune appeared on Van Halen's first album Van Halen. You probably know it better as that crazy little guitar piece before the song "You Really Got Me". Get this down, and you've got some mad tapping skills!

3. Nothing Else Matters played by James Hetfield

 On this whole list, this may be my favorite song of all times. The solos is not complicated enough in my opinion to be any higher, but it is beautiful. James Hetfield actually played the solo for this song. Which is odd, because Kirk Hammett is the lead guitar player and all. I think this solo just makes a great song even better. You may want to start witht his one if you're learning guitar.

2. Comfortably Numb played by David Gilmour

 This solo is just a masterpiece. The song "Comfortably Numb" is on The Wall album by Pink Floyd. It's hard to explain what it is that Ilike so much about this solo. It's so fluid and calm. There are some really good bends that just add emotion to the song. This is the cherry on top to this song. It's not the most complicated piece to learn either!

1. Cemetary Gates played by Dimebag Darrell

 This is hands down my favorite solo by my favorite guitar player."Cemetary Gates" is on Pantera's first release Cowboys From Hell.  That album is full of awesome guitar playing! Dime used some really good harmonics and bends in this song. It has emotion and skill making it an absolute showstopper for me! if you're learning guitar, definitly check this out.

 I hope you enjoy these songs as well. I know there will be some out there that disagree, but this is my top 5 so naa naa nee boo boo! Like I've said, if you're learning to play guitar these artists and these songs are some great material to motivate and teach you. If you're not interested in playing, they make for some really good listening!


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    • Wayne Orvisburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Wayne 

      8 years ago from Alabama

      My intention wasn't for beginners to start learning these right away. For myself, they were goals to attain beyond the beginning stages. Well beyond for me.

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      Joe Cseko jr 

      8 years ago from New York, USA, Earth

      Uh, Paul... none of those guitarists even approach virtuosity! I like some of them, but virtuosos? That's a very commonly abused word in the rock guitar realm.

      I won't join in the debate, as there's clearly no such thing as the best (yet you and everyone else is entitled to his/her opinion. I will vehemently disagree that many of these artist, or these songs are great for a beginner to learn.

      It doesn't necessarily make me correct, but I started teaching at age 19, and I'm 40 now-playing 26 years...

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      8 years ago

      I like your list. All of these guitarists are great. From the technical virtuosity of Van Halen, Dimebag Darrel, Zak Wylde to the one of the most melodic guitarists David Gilmore. Of course James Hetfield is technically one of the best rhythm guitarists around.

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      8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Nothing like Dimebag, and with Anselmo singing Cemetary Gates, one can't go wrong. It is hard to narrow it down to 5. The list could easily be 20 long and still some great guitar players would not make the list.

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      8 years ago from Here, There, Everywhere

      Nice list but no Jimmi Hendrix? mmmm

    • Wayne Orvisburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Wayne 

      8 years ago from Alabama

      I wish. Used to be able to play several of them, but since I got married I barely even play anymore.

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      Arthur Fontes 

      8 years ago from Fall River,MA

      Can you play all these solo's? Pretty impressive if you can. Eruption was what I wanted to play when I was fifteen.

    • Wayne Orvisburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Wayne 

      8 years ago from Alabama

      Mine too. I thought I didn't like anything Ozzy until I actually listened to that song. That opened my eyes man!

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      8 years ago from Scotland

      Great to see the Zak Wylde solo, I think that was his best and it's my favourite song by Ozzy

    • Wayne Orvisburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Wayne 

      8 years ago from Alabama

      He's an excellent guitar player and that's a good tune. Have you listened to the album he did with B.B. King?

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      8 years ago from US

      great do you like tears in heaven?--ERIC Clapton the guitarist.... I play the guitar as well, novice,thank you

    • Wayne Orvisburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Wayne 

      8 years ago from Alabama

      I thought about making it longer, but decided against it.

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      Simon Cook 

      8 years ago from NJ, USA

      LOL fair enough - it's a pretty great list anyways!

    • Wayne Orvisburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Wayne 

      8 years ago from Alabama

      I'm sure there will be some debate, but like I said, it's my list. LOL

    • SimeyC profile image

      Simon Cook 

      8 years ago from NJ, USA

      Pretty good list and one that will probably cause a lot of debat! No Led Zepp? Clapton? Rush? Gary Moore? Should I go on!!!! OK..Eagles, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd...LOL


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