For the remainder of the Mondays this year, I’m featuring great songs with guitar solos in them.
I love the guitar, but I’m no fan of a solo shoehorned into a song merely to showcase the virtuosity of a guitarist. A superhuman-fast solo or “shred guitar” does not impress me if it doesn’t serve the song.
With this in mind, some of the more well-known solos may not make my list, but hopefully you will discover new ones you like.
Chuck Berry’s guitar solos and showmanship became major influences on rock and roll music. Berry, who will be 89 in a little over a week, is considered a pioneer of rock and roll, and for good reason. If you want to know his influence, watch Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll and learn more about this eccentric but brilliant guitarist.
It was difficult to find a good quality video of “Johnny B. Goode,” but this one captures Chuck Berry’s energy along with the energy of the crowd. It’s a fantastic song to kick off my series.
If you have a song you’d like to include on my list, feel free to leave it in the comments. I can’t guarantee I will use it, but I’m always open to learning about what others consider as great guitar solos.
Have a wonderful week, and dance along with Chuck Berry. I did. 🙂