If you are coming to this article and you feel a bit outraged, then don’t worry. Join the club. I’m sure that many people are warming up their fingers with the intention of typing me up a scathing lecture on how I should not presume the authority to rank such a thing, and how foolish the task is and on and on… However, I have still written this article and you are still preparing to read it. So, let’s just accept that this is my opinion and we’ll go from there.
I do believe that lists like this have use. Many guitarists search for lists like this. I am not talking about only beginners either. Experienced guitarists seek out lists like this even if only just to criticize them. I think that the ultimate purpose of these lists is to help spread the word about great guitarists and great solos that may have gone unheard of for some people had it not been for the list.
The first question to answer is: what makes one guitar solo better than another one? Is it the melodic content of the solo? Is it the technical difficulty of the solo? Well, if you have come to this article in search of an answer to this question, I am sad to have to tell you that I do not have one.
One last thing to say about the developmental criteria of this list. The title is Best Electric Guitars in India. I have tried to choose solos which demonstrate the possibilities of the ELECTRIC guitar. I have included commentary on some of them. Oh, one more last thing, please don’t email me about which guitarists I have forgotten. I understand that you have your favorites. Just post a comment and let us all know.
I don’t want to keep you waiting any longer. So here are the 10 Best Electric Guitar Solos:
1. Stairway to Heaven – Jimmy Page
2. Eruption – Eddie Van Halen (This solo represents the invention of tapping. Tapping is now a quintessential right-hand electric guitar technique.)
3. All Along the Watchtower – Jimmy Hendrix (Jimmy Hendrix took an acoustic song and made it an electric masterpiece. Because of this solo, many people consider this to be Jimmy’s song.)
4. Crazy Train – Randy Rhoads
5. Freebird – Gary Rossington/Alan Collins
6. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughn (Stevie, in my opinion, took what Hendrix did and made it more technically challenging but cleaner at the same time.)
7. Big Trouble – Steve Vai (Legendary for his practicing work ethic, Steve Vai is a master of all electric guitar techniques.)
8. She’s a Woman – Jeff Beck
9. Comfortably Numb – David Gilmour
10. Sultans of Swing – Mark Knopfler (Melodic brilliance at its finest.)
My name is Ryan Gloman and I have a passion for guitar and a passion for sharing information.