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Posted: 16 Aug 04, 15:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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With my being a newer fan I wanted to know what everyone's opinions were on this...what is the most difficult guitar solo by Brian in a Queen song?

I watched an unauthorized Queen documentary the other night and a man on it said that Brian had a huge reach on the guitar bc of his long arms and fingers. What I'm wondering is...does this have the makings for a difficult guitar solo, the "reach" or what does make a guitar solo difficult to play? How fast the song is? I have no knowledge about guitars. I just wanted to see what everyone's opinions are for which Queen song possesses the most difficult guitar solo, the hardest to play is what I mean.

Of course people might disagree on this and that's fine. I just wanted to see if the songs I thought had "difficult" guitar solos in were similar to what more knowlegable Queen fans or guitarists thought.

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Posted: 16 Aug 04, 16:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have the guitar skills of Elvis (when drunk and lucky) so I'll say 'The Invisible Man'




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Posted: 16 Aug 04, 16:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't know much about the guitar, at least in the technical sense, but I think Dead On Time is probably pretty difficult.


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Posted: 16 Aug 04, 16:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I heard the "I was born to love you" guitarsolo took a lot of time for Brian to complete.


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Posted: 16 Aug 04, 17:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The longer your reach, the better off you are because you can cover more frets without having to move your hand.


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Posted: 16 Aug 04, 17:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

But does that mean you can play more difficult solos or song? what makes the guitar solo difficult?


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Posted: 16 Aug 04, 23:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

What makes a guitar solo difficult to play?

That's an almost impossible question to answer, because it completely depends on which notes are involved, the speed, articulations, etc. A lot of things are involved mentally as well. For example, if a song is in a strange time signature, keeping your concentration while playing any guitar lick can make it more challenging right there. So it's really one of those questions that needs a more specific criteria to answer properly.

But I have to agree, the solo from The Invisible Man is probably the technically most advanced solo Brian ever recorded.


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Posted: 16 Aug 04, 23:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

the first solo from "stone cold crazy" can be quite tricky played at the same speed brian plays it.

I personally found playing the decending scale solo from "dead on time" to be harder than the one from "invisible man". "invisible" incorporates a style that the lead guitarist from metallica uses alot.


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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 08:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The style in Invisible Man is called "tapping." It's very easy to do and is probably one of the first things a guitarist gets to learn when it comes to soloing. I've yet to bother about learning past one string! lol

Now, about what makes a solo good. Personally, I think it's about all the little quirks thrown in. Little bends of the strings, light or tough, aggressive picking, etc. etc. It's all down to the guitarists' personal style.

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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 08:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Basically stuff from THE MIRACLE is pretty technically advanced, more than on previous records...

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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 08:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Theres no tapping in Invisible Man. Just chromatic runs


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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 09:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

FriedChicken wrote:

Theres no tapping in Invisible Man. Just chromatic runs


I agree. I'm no great musician, but I can play a little guitar and it doesn't sound like tapping on Invisible Man. Tapping would be more like on Princes Of The Universe I think (trying to remember it in my head!). I would expect Invisible Man to be harder than Princes because of this.


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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 14:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

agreed. that's not tapping on "invisible"...rather more like reverse hammering on and scaling.

I love the tapping Brian does in the intro to "Gimme the Prize"...I think that's the closest he gets to Van Halen's style.




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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 14:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't think POTU has tapping. From the same album GTP may have it at the beginning though. Not sure.

Songs that definitly have tapping are One Vision and the brilliant It's Late. This to me is also the most difficult BM solo, as it takes a lot of technical skills as well as feeling (an element lost to "the lead guitarist from metallica"). TIM isn't difficult. It just takes a lot of practice.

Anyone know if the fast Resurrection part is tapping?

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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 14:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Princes doesn't have tapping. only hammer ons and pull of from open strings (Which more or less has the same effect as tapping)

One Vision, It's Late, Gimme the Prize are the only Queensongs that have tapping I think (From the top of my head)

And Brian songs: Resurrection, Love Token, Rolling Over (I think), Business (I think)

Not 100% sure aobut the last two. I lost my Brian cds :(


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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 14:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 15:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Oops! I must be thinking of something else. Sorry.

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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 16:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

As far as being difficult, I`d say his top one is Son & Daughter BBC Version. Also Put Out The Fire.

But obviously it depends on your personal abilities. There can be very technically skilled classical guitarists who can do the chromatic runs Steve Howe put in `Innuendo` (which is beyond Brian imo), but probably would have more troubles with something like Liar. Or vice versa.


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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 16:22 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dead on Time i would say


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Posted: 17 Aug 04, 17:08 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree with Bob on every terms of his response.And,of course there's no tapping or Legato on "The Invisible Man" solo.Like FC said, there's only some chromatic runs,not that it's hard if you ask me.


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