We all have dreams. Heck, science has shown that even dogs have dreams. So if you’re out there and you’re a dog, I understand you and I’m really impressed that you understand me. Kudos on learning to read. This article probably isn’t for you, though, because dogs aren’t generally equipped with the right anatomical assets for guitar playing, so if you’re out there and you’re human, you’ll probably be considerably more interested in this Guitar Book than your incredible literate dog would be. Still, though, that’s pretty sweet that your dog can read.
But we’re not here to talk about your brilliant dog. We’re here to talk about Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. What does that have to do with dreams? No doubt, you picked up your guitar with dreams of becoming a rock and roll legend. Before long, though, you realized that you weren’t particularly creative and couldn’t make up a sick riff to save your life. That’s ok, though, because you’re still technically proficient with your guitar. That means there’s no reason you can’t start your own cover band! All you need is somewhere to start.
That brings me to the book in question and the 100 great guitar solos inside. The first thing you’ll notice is that this book is thick. It’s over 300 pages of guitar sheet music, with solos for different skill levels. The book doesn’t rate difficultly, but unless you’re just starting out, you ought to be able to tell which ones you can do straight off and which are going to take some (read: a lot of) practice.
That being said, there are some great solos in here from a number of great artists. The guitar sheet music inside has both notes and tab, so you should have no trouble reading it. It even has a reference section in the back for the notation used in the solos, so if you’re industrious, you should be able to learn everything in there.
At my skill level (which is something akin to Tom DeLong, if you cut his fingers off at the knuckles), I was able to plug out a fair number of pieces. I spent a particularly long time working on the solo at the end of ‘Paranoid Android’ from Radiohead, but it was quite the challenge for me. I had a little easier time with songs like ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ from the Beatles, ‘You Really Got Me’ from the Kinks, and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ from Nirvana, which are all, admittedly, pretty easy. I only had a short time with it, but, as I pointed out earlier, the book is packed with great guitar solos.
On top of that, a lot of the solos have song notes that go a long with them. These notes have back stories about the songs, quotes from the artists, and other tidbits dealing with each individual piece. They’re definitely worth reading through and they’ll help get you in the mood for shredding (as though you needed any help with that!).
So have at it! Master them all and maybe you’ll be invited to join your favorite band when the guitarist quits. Disclaimer: Probably not, but good luck!