The hardest guitar solo for soloists is playing the second chorus of the intro. Some say it is a 7 note melody (that of the first verse) but then they forget to change the guitar part from the first guitar part to the second guitar part after it. That requires the most time to learn and practice. There is another version that has all 5 chords and it can be done in 8 notes. But for the soloist that is harder because the guitar players have to learn a new technique every time they play it, especially the second chorus of the intro after that. What is your best tip for building your chops?
I would say the best tip would be: get into your first guitar lessons. Don’t let all the good and bad stuff pass by your ears! You will learn some stuff you didn’t know before you are in the beginning. And most importantly you will learn some songs you wouldn’t have learned otherwise! So make sure to take advantage of your teachers lessons and practice your chops.
Do you have any advice to help someone starting out?
The first advice is to start with a good guitar teacher. I don’t recommend going to gigs or going to local clubs to find good ones. If you are really serious about learning or at least learning to play guitar, you should find someone who really knows what his music is all about.
The second tip is to go on my website and make sure to learn as much as you can. If you don’t know anything about music and you want to study, I recommend picking up a few CDs of my solo songs. Some of my favorite ones are “Pump It Up!” with Billy Gibbons (my second song on my second CD), “Cherish Your Youth” with Brian May (for the second song on my second CD), “Trouble Man” with Billy Taylor (for the song “You and Me”) (on my third CD, “Trouble Man Part II” and for the first song on my third CD, “Trouble Man Part I”), “Goodbye and Good-Bye” with Brian May (on my fourth CD, “It’s Your World” and the first song on my fifth CD, “Gone With the Wind”) and “The Devil’s Backbone” with Pete Townshend and Keith Emerson (on my seventh CD, “In a Way of Writing”). The first five songs, “Goodbye and Goodbye”, “Cherish Your Youth” and “T