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10 Fun Guitar Solo Songs For Beginners

Are you tired of practicing the same old songs and scales? Do you feel more frustrated than motivated? Have you tried learning new songs but can’t keep up? Do you want to play lead guitar but have no idea how? Well, these are the questions you should be asking yourself.

Here are some excellent guitar solo songs you can learn that will help you overcome obstacles and continue to grow as a lead player.  Here are some other easy guitar songs for beginner guitar to try as well.

Good Beginner Lead Guitar Songs

Eric Clapton – Wonderful Tonight

This song has no chorus and is gradually increasing in tempo. It has a moderate tempo, and its rhythm is relatively simple. This makes it easy to play. The chords are simple, and the rhythm is easy to pick up. You’ll find yourself getting comfortable with the guitar quickly. Eric Clapton’s excellent lead guitar work also helps give the song an edge. It will make your solos more interesting.

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

This fast, energetic song has several solos that show off Nirvana’s mastery of the guitar. The song’s rhythm is relatively easy to follow. The chords are pretty straightforward, so getting started with this song will be easy. The sections that are hardest to play are the pedal notes between bars. The lead is relatively simple, so you don’t have to practice too much to master it.

High And Dry – Radiohead

Although the lead is complex, this song is an excellent example of why the lead guitar is vital to a band. Of course, it has a memorable riff that is catchy enough to get stuck in your head, but there is so much more going on in the lead guitar part. The rhythm guitar takes on the same riff during the verses, but during the part after the solo, it plays a different rhythm, and the lead guitar plays over it.

Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The bassline will get you hooked immediately. The song has one of the coolest basslines of any band, and it drives the rhythm. The solo is relatively simple compared to the usual solos, but you still might want to go back and study it after a while. It starts slowly to build the tension, and then it explodes with a fast-paced and sharp solo.

Where Is My Mind – The Pixies

This song complements the Pixies’ other hit, “Where Is My Mind?” Both solos are similar but very different, and they pair up well next to each other. It starts slow and a little quiet, then the solo takes over and cranks up the tempo. The solo is fairly simple, but it manages to be incredibly catchy. This can make a great song to practice your solos over, or it can be fun to give it a try once you’re more advanced.

Holiday – Greenday

This song has a great solo. It starts slowly, and then it explodes into an insanely fast, catchy solo that is sure to keep the audience on their toes. The solo begins slower, but it is surprisingly complex once you get past the first few notes. It repeats itself a few times throughout the song, and it’s entertaining to hear. Of course, the solo is much simpler than other solos you might play, but it plays an essential role in the song, so it is perfect for someone who’s just starting out learning how to play solos.

Come Together – The Beatles

This song has some great solos. One that’s worth checking out is the solo in the first part, just after the guitar solo. The solo is relatively simple, but it’s repetitive and fun to play, and the song is catchy. It’s fun to pick this one up, but there are plenty of great solos in this song that a beginner might want to check out.

Champagne Supernova – Oasis

This song has a highly complex and fast-paced solo, challenging but rewarding to play. The solo is relatively simple initially, but it quickly builds up, often with surprising changes. Some notes repeat themselves but in dramatically different ways, and there are a lot of changes in key and rhythm. The guitar solo is most rewarding when you master the techniques and theories that make it sound so great.

Easy – Faith No More

This solo is found in the first section of the song. It’s pretty easy to play, except for the tricky eighth note in the E minor chord. It’s not too strenuous, though, because if you pay attention to the chorus, you’ll notice the guitarist uses similar techniques to the one presented here.

Black Magic Woman – Santana

This solo is reasonably complex, but it’s well worth playing because you can quickly learn some excellent techniques and incorporate them into your playing. It’s a very slow solo, but it packs a lot of power. The intro and outro are very repetitive, and the solo only gets faster as it progresses.


Final Notes

Once you learn to play solos like these examples and incorporate them into your playing, your guitar skills will skyrocket. This is because they inspire you to practice more, and they continue to grow as you continue to learn. They can also help you play well with other musicians.  Be sure to work on learning these beginner funk guitar songs too.