Many people would say that there aren’t many super easy guitar solos out there. After all, the solo is a time for the guitarist to show off a little. For a beginning guitarist, they all seem hard.
We poke and prodded to find easy guitar solos that would be a good starting point for aspiring soloists. Again, they aren’t easy in the sense that, say, an open C chord is. You’ll want to be prepared to bend a string now and then and you’ll want to be comfortable with playing quick hammer-ons and pull-offs.
The journey to playing guitar solos begins with a first step, so dive on in and give these easy guitar solos a try. You might not be able to play them up to speed right away, but if you keep practicing you’ll eventually get there!
“Come Together” by The Beatles
A lot of songs from The Beatles get the “easy” stamp. The fab four chose to do their showing-off in their song composition and not necessarily in the individual instrument parts. The solo for “Come Together” doesn’t provide any fireworks or fancy fretboard work. Instead, it provides just what the song needs. It’s a short solo, too. It’s only 5 measures long!
“Burning For You” by Blue Oyster Cult
The intro solo is a well-constructed solo that provides some interesting phrasing. The hardest part is found in the string skipping. Many times we’ll switch from one string to the nearest string, but in the case of this song, we’ll skip over a string to hit a higher or lower note as found in measures 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.
“Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love” by Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen is known for his guitar pyrotechnics which includes fast tapping, whammy-bar dives, and fancy harmonics. He’s the type of player you’d want to avoid if you’re looking for an easy solo to tackle, right? Not so fast! Here’s a solo from Van Halen that won’t fly over your head. It’s a great solo for an aspiring lead guitarist, no matter your skill level.
“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
The lead guitar in this song is probably the primary reason that this song has stuck around all these years. Clapton is not doing anything fancy here, he’s just playing a simple melody, but it’s just what the song calls for. The song’s slow tempo helps make this an easy solo that anyone can play.
“Oye Como Va” by Santana
Here you’ll learn some legendary Carlos Santana licks from the opening of “Oye Como Va”. These licks may be a little fast for some beginner players, but they are certainly doable with consistent practice. The licks are repetitive in nature and there’s very limited string bending, so it’s something you can really sink your teeth into if you’re looking for a solo to build your skills.