#1
So, I've been playing guitar for a while, and I'm not a confident lead player, but I want to start sololing, I'd say i'm pretty good at guitar but solo wise not that good, what are some challenging but fun solos to start with?
#2
You don't want to start out with a challenging solo, you want to start out with an easy one.

Try Highway to Hell.
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#3
Solo of :
- Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
- Hotel California (Eagles)
- Fade to Black (Metallica)
- Stairway to Heaven (Led Zep)
- Smells like teen spirit (Nirvana)
- Most of AC/DC songs
- Most of Pink Floyd songs (vibrato, bending, phrasing practice)
- Some red hot songs ... very cool solo, not very hard ... but cool :P
- Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix ...
- Europa (Santana)

He said "challenging solo".
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#4
Freebird is a good challenging solo to start with if your up for the challenge
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#5
If you have little to no soloing experience then challenging things will likely be...

Highway to Hell -ACDC
Whole Lotta Love -Zep
Stairway to Heaven
the first solo of Fade to Black ---Metallica
Unforgiven ---Metallica
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Smells like teen spirit is really difficult but Kurt is god so that doesn't matter.


Sounds like you need to broaden your horizons.

OT: one of the first ones I started with was Knocking on Heaven's Door by GnR. Also the one in Goodbye to Romance by Ozzy is a pretty good one too, with a few fast licks that will give you a bit of a challenge.
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Quote by Syndromed
Solo of :
- Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
- Hotel California (Eagles)
- Fade to Black (Metallica)
- Stairway to Heaven (Led Zep)
- Smells like teen spirit (Nirvana)
- Most of AC/DC songs
- Most of Pink Floyd songs (vibrato, bending, phrasing practice)
- Some red hot songs ... very cool solo, not very hard ... but cool :P
- Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix ...
- Europa (Santana)

He said "challenging solo".

Yes, and asking for a "challenging solo" when you've never actually learned one before is a stupid idea. Although in fairness the TS is likely to find any solo challenging given his inexperience, that being the case the most sensible thing to do is pick a solo that will be far less challenging than most.
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Sounds like you need to broaden your horizons.

OT: one of the first ones I started with was Knocking on Heaven's Door by GnR. Also the one in Goodbye to Romance by Ozzy is a pretty good one too, with a few fast licks that will give you a bit of a challenge.


Was joking

Anyhow, Try Moonchild by Rory Gallagher or Overnight Bag, You will learn lots by these, Plus Rory truly knows how to get those notes to hit hard!

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Yes, and asking for a "challenging solo" when you've never actually learned one before is a stupid idea. Although in fairness the TS is likely to find any solid challenging given his inexperience, that being the case the most sensible thing to do is pick a solo that will be far less challenging than most.


He said "I'd say i'm pretty good at guitar". He's not learning chords or how to hold a pick.

So the songs I gave ... are not particularly difficult, just challenging for his case.
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#12
Whole Lotta Love should be a decent solo for you to learn...

Pink Floyd solos are pretty cool to learn too if you're just getting into soloing, try Another Brick in the Wall and Mother...
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So, I've been playing guitar for a while, and I'm not a confident lead player, but I want to start sololing, I'd say i'm pretty good at guitar but solo wise not that good, what are some challenging but fun solos to start with?

**** asking us. What solo do you want to learn? Look at that one. If it's clearly miles above where you're at right now, figure out what techniques you lack. Then, come back and ask for some good passages to practice those techniques on.
#14
If you had a video to link to you playing, you could probably get some better feedback here?

For what its worth, here's a few in escalating difficulties:

Californication- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
White Stripes- Seven Nation Army (he might have used a slide for this in the studio)
Datsuns- Harmonic Generator
Weezer- Say It Ain't So
Black Sabbath- Paranoid
#15
these are good to lean in the beginning
Try:
Smells like Teen Spirit- Nirvana
Say it Ain't So- Weezer
Intro Solo to One- Metallica
Paranoid- Black Sabbath


But find a solo that you like and then learn it. Don't care about asking us!
#16
Punk Solos are usually pretty simple, described by Brian Baker of Bad Religion, they're solely a way to break up the vocals and keep the song going. In punk, they're not usually going for a technically proficient solo, making their solos relatively easy. I'd suggest to ALWAYS start with Punk Rock for solos (and for intermediate rhythm).
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Punk Solos are usually pretty simple, described by Brian Baker of Bad Religion, they're solely a way to break up the vocals and keep the song going. In punk, they're not usually going for a technically proficient solo, making their solos relatively easy. I'd suggest to ALWAYS start with Punk Rock for solos (and for intermediate rhythm).


Always start with punk rock for solos ?
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**** asking us. What solo do you want to learn? Look at that one. If it's clearly miles above where you're at right now, figure out what techniques you lack. Then, come back and ask for some good passages to practice those techniques on.


This guy makes a good point. Learning an instrument is about setting goals for yourself and picking one of your all time favourite solos as a primary objective is a great idea. However remember that that doesn't mean you'll immediately master it. Start off slow using some of the suggestions that have been made in this thread. Here are some more I instantly thought of:

Metallica - One (not the ending solo but the shorter licks in the intro and bridges)
Led Zeppelin - Custard Pie // How Many More Times // Moby Dick // Rock and Roll // ...
AC/DC - You Shook Me All Night Long // Highway To Hell // ...

Don't worry if there are faster parts in there that are slightly above your current level. Try them and if you get frustrated or bored, skip them and focus on the parts that you can play after a few times.

Lastly, don't forget that it's a good idea to start soloing yourself. Look into basic scales like the pentatonic minor and the blues scale. Almost every solo that's been listed here is built up using only those notes or slight variations on them. Therefore, if you understand the logic and link between the theory and the practice, finger shapes will make a lot more sense. Check out some backing tracks on YouTube and play along to them, I'm sure you'll find it very fun.

Hope it helps!
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Hahaha.......yeah.


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#21
The first complete solo I learned was the solo to Paranoid. Cool for learning blues scales and some licks. Pretty easy, but the timing in the second half is what you need to watch for. Try it.
Other challenging yet easy solos
-Floods by Pantera (if you can do pinch harmonics and such)
-Paranoid
-Highway to Hell
-Bohemian Rhapsody
-Hotel California
-Stairway to Heaven (WARNING do not play this song in a shop)
-Eruption (WARNING do NOT do the tapping in a shop, just a no no)
-Smells Like Teen Spirit
-Heartbreaker (easy for me, I don't know about for others)
-Time
-Sympathy For The Devil (good licks to learn and lot of time in between them)

countless other songs
#22
Quote by J-Dawg158
Sounds like you need to broaden your horizons.

OT: one of the first ones I started with was Knocking on Heaven's Door by GnR. Also the one in Goodbye to Romance by Ozzy is a pretty good one too, with a few fast licks that will give you a bit of a challenge.


The 1st solo in knocking was the first one I learned. Seems easy, but try playing it as speed. I find those prebends tough.
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Yes, and asking for a "challenging solo" when you've never actually learned one before is a stupid idea. Although in fairness the TS is likely to find any solo challenging given his inexperience, that being the case the most sensible thing to do is pick a solo that will be far less challenging than most.

There you go thinking again....
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#24
I could give you plenty of examples, but chances are that you end up practicing a song you don't really like.
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#25
Tom Sawyer by Rush is a good one to start with.
My first solo was Smells Like Teen Spirit(too easy)