You've never asked for this, but you definitely need it! Complete guide to Lil Wayne's solos! Enjoy!
Story behind the solos
I play da guitar, cuz girlz think playing da guitar is sexy!
Wayne is the most interesting rock star in the world. By a mile. His decision to start playing guitar was so groundbreaking and unexpected, that a lot of guitarists left the scene and several bands broke up.
His outstanding guitar solos inspired a lot of people to start playing guitar, and even more people decided to stop learning guitar and never come back.
In September 2016, in regards to his contract dispute with Cash Money, he indicated a possible retirement on Twitter saying "I AM NOW DEFENSELESS and mentally DEFEATED" and then said "I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I'm done." Many rappers responded with respect and encouragement. He has refuted the claim then so we're all happy to know that he can continue to share his outstanding solo techniques with the whole world.
So go forward, the world awaits!
It's not clear how much of "Prom Queen" he played himself, though judging by his guitar skill, it's probably somewhere in between "none" and "one bar." Originally the video was expected to end before Wayne's solo, but someone forgot to hit "stop" button and it would be a crime to cut it out.
Phrase "Kill Yourself" from the unknown guy at the end of the video is addressed to those, who will try to repeat this greatness, because it’s clearly impossible.
There aren't any famous covers of his solos because nothing can even stay close to Lil Wayne's magic guitar skilz. Only some Russian guy came close once to copying one of Wayne solos.
Gear and settings
Guitars that he plays don't really matter because everything he touches achieves magic power and becomes far better.
Below you can see guitars that were lucky to get into hands of his majesty.
Gretsch G5135GL G. Love Signature Electromatic Guitar
That's how guitar looked before Lil took it.
… and how it looks now.
Taylor T5-S Electric Guitar
… and after. According to several reports, this guitar was taken to Heaven by angels.
Gibson Dark Fire
Before it met Mr. Wayne.
It's not in playable condition anymore, because it turned into a solid piece of gold.
Epiphone Emily The Strange G-310 Electric Guitar
Originally this guitar didn’t have "People are strange" written on it. It mysteriously appeared after the first Lil Wayne's attempt to play the solo on this guitar.
Amps and effects
Amps don't matter too because he sometimes doesn't even need to plug-in his guitars. The sound goes right from his heart and chains.
Screw it, just let the passion take you into the vibe of the solo.
"Leather So Soft" tab - the only correct tab all over the Internet.
His guitars are beyond any possible tune.
His solos are very complicated and fluctuate between J minor and Z flat major minor.
Lil Wayne's use of atonality and clashing key signatures could be compared to the greatest avant-garde composers of the early 19th century.
One of the greatest techniques, which Lil Wayne invented, is unorthodox thumb picking because "picks are for looooooosers!"
Take the correct fretting hand positioning into account. Usually, you should hold your thumb behind the neck, but that's for newbies. For these outstanding solos, you must hold your fretting hand like if you are panhandling. It gives you less control over your fingers, but "pffff… who needs control."
Lil Wayne's palm muting technique is so unique that he doesn't even need to use his palm.
His fretting technique is so fast, that you can't even see his fingers moving!
His precise accidental bends make his every solo very memorable and unique, that's why so hard to repeat it note by note.
One of the characteristic and famous Lil Wayne's techniques is his signature "dying goat" sound. To perform it you need to use hammer-ons, but don't hit notes completely to achieve this symbolic sound of unbearable suffering.
The same you should do for tapping. You don't need to think about accuracy, only speed matters. There is a legend that Lil Wayne learned this tapping technique from masters of Woodpecker Kung Fu style.
Wayne's solo without amplification. It helps to understand his "ahead of time" techniques.
And don't forget to rotate guitar to the vertical position to show your love to your instrument and to signalize that you own this solo and no one else can repeat it.
One of the easiest ways to repeat his solo is to drop your guitar down a flight of stairs.
Check this thorough video lesson to Lil Wayne's absolutely ingenious guitar solo.