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(@jeffster1)
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Any solo by Yngwie Malmsteen. Great guitar player but extremely boring listening to, imho.

You have to really be into the "neo-classical" type stuff he plays. I didn't used to like it but it grew on me. He paved the way for a ton of new artists that basically have just adapted his style.


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(@rgalvez)
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An interesting topic should be: what are the worst solos , but from your favorite guitarists? (instead of thinking about the guitarists you will never like).
For instance: what could be the worst Gilmour solo? For my money ,if you take away Learning to Fly and on the Turning Away, he's really boring in the 'Momentary Lapse of Reasons' album.
what is the worst Robert Fripp solo? He tried to solo in acoustic guitar in 'Cirkus' but I think he didn't make it.
the worst Zappa solo? well I can't listen to the Sheik Yerbouti (the song) solo.
What about Santana? he was an exciting demon in his first albums..and then he started to copy his 'trademark' and he's too predictable now.

any other ideas?


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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I don't know about worst, but - here's a youtube clip of Jeff Beck's solo on the Yardbirds' "Heart Full Of Soul". Solo on this is pretty simple... and here's another clip of Jimmy Page miming to the same solo!

(BTW, I tabbed the song out in the Easy Song Database....solo and all! Must be pretty easy if I can play it note-for-note!)

:D :D :D

Vic

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(@gnease)
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woo hoo! frilly blouses, neck scarves and porn star moustaches! rock-n-roll, baby!

-=tension & release=-


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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woo hoo! frilly blouses, neck scarves and porn star moustaches! rock-n-roll, baby!

Yeah, that was the sixties. Interesting contrast between the Yarbirds clothing in just two years!

And now I'm off to get rid off the moustache - not that I'd ever be mistaken for a porn star, but still.....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@wes-inman)
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I think that Fred Durnst solo wins, I hear better than that at Guitar Center.

And I think Kurt Cobain's solo in Smells Like Teen Spirit is great.

I was a big Marc Bolan and T. Rex fan. He was a very sloppy lead guitarist, but somehow that is what I liked about him. One of the best examples is Buick MacKane from the Slider album. I think anyone would consider this very sloppy, but it completely Rocks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXVBGbFuY8k

So what he lacked in skill he made up for with emotion and a very original style. He had amazing vibrato.

Another song with fairly poor guitar that I still love is Ballrooms of Mars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZqVAUS8r3Q

And of course, Neil Young is probably the worst guitarist to play great solos like Southern Man. This was his famous "one note solo" start at (5:00 in the song)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WqX_cVz-Tc

And the guitar (especially the intro) to Woodstock was pure junk, but man, I love it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b63DnzwjRA8&feature=related

It's all about attitude!

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis


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(@boxboy)
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And of course, Neil Young is probably the worst guitarist to play great solos ...
It's all about attitude!

A guy I worked with way back used to call Neil Young 'the best of the worst'. :D

Don


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(@kaspen)
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Anything by Carlos Santana. That hack should be shot for crimes against humanity.


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(@hydeparkhaz)
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Definatly one of the worst solos ever was actually done by gunsnroses.i hate to admit it cos i love them but its ok cos it was paul huge who done it. during there cover of sympathy for the devil they forced slashes solo into the background and paul huge tries to imitate keith richards while sticking to slashes line becvause axl wanted it to sound like KR. for a start when you imitate someone you become a steriotype but it doesnt help that paul huge has no character in his playing and it just ends up sound wrong! not only was this bad but it was what made slash quit! cheers axl for that!


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(@oenyaw)
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"Ballrooms of Mars" is the best solo EVER! (Next to Spirit "Straight Arrow")

Brain-cleansing music for brain-numbing times in a brain dead world
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(@rahul)
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Anything by Carlos Santana. That hack should be shot for crimes against humanity.

Amen.


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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What have you guys got against ol' Carlos? He can rip it up with the best of 'em, but his best work - and there's been a lot of good stuff over the last 40 years or so - is when he's playing those beautifully melodic, fluid lead lines. You ever heard a duff note in a CS solo? Hell, no, the guy can PLAY - and he can WRING emotion out of the neck of whatever guitar he's playing.

Samba Pa Ti

That's part one for the defence - part two is the fact he's got excellent taste. He once asked Elecktrablue for a dance. Ask her - 'tis the truth. Part three for the defence? EB danced with him - and we all know she's got GREAT taste!

Case for the defence proven, all charges dropped, now let's have the plaintiffs before the bench, please, to explain why they shouldn't be forced to listen to Michael Bolton records for the rest of their natural lives. With headphones gaffer taped on. And the volume control turned up to 11 then snapped off. With only pictures of Michael Bolton, Michael Jackson and Mick Hucknall to look at. You want punishment? That'll do for starters - till I find Joe Dolce and his mandolin and lock him in with you. Fancy hearing "Shaddup a you face" every three minutes for the next thirty years?

Next case please.....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@kent_eh)
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till I find Joe Dolce and his mandolin and lock him in with you. Fancy hearing "Shaddup a you face" every three minutes for the next thirty years?

EEeek!!
When I was younger and didn't have permission to change the radio station, I was subjected to this song twice each morning during my ride to school
That DJ needed some serious brain repairs.

Fortunately after a few months, he stopped overplaying that song.
Unfortunately, he stopped because he discovered another song to overplay...
Andy Forray - Drac's Back
shudder

I wrapped a newspaper ’round my head
So I looked like I was deep


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(@wes-inman)
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The solo in the Beastie Boys (You've Gotta)Fight for Your Right (to Party) is pretty bad, but I love it. Sounds like a beginner playing this solo (235). :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NdAUnnU9Ac

If you know something better than Rock and Roll, I'd like to hear it - Jerry Lee Lewis


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(@kaspen)
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What have you guys got against ol' Carlos? He can rip it up with the best of 'em, but his best work - and there's been a lot of good stuff over the last 40 years or so - is when he's playing those beautifully melodic, fluid lead lines. You ever heard a duff note in a CS solo? Hell, no, the guy can PLAY - and he can WRING emotion out of the neck of whatever guitar he's playing.

Samba Pa Ti

That's part one for the defence - part two is the fact he's got excellent taste. He once asked Elecktrablue for a dance. Ask her - 'tis the truth. Part three for the defence? EB danced with him - and we all know she's got GREAT taste!

Case for the defence proven, all charges dropped, now let's have the plaintiffs before the bench, please, to explain why they shouldn't be forced to listen to Michael Bolton records for the rest of their natural lives. With headphones gaffer taped on. And the volume control turned up to 11 then snapped off. With only pictures of Michael Bolton, Michael Jackson and Mick Hucknall to look at. You want punishment? That'll do for starters - till I find Joe Dolce and his mandolin and lock him in with you. Fancy hearing "Shaddup a you face" every three minutes for the next thirty years?

Next case please.....

:D :D :D

Vic
I don't know if you're serious or not. If you are, wow. It doesn't take much to impress you.


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