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Joe Bonamassa: guitar solos that changed my life

The blues' man of the moment on the guitar playing that helped push him along the road to where he is today

Jimmy Page – Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)

“I could’ve chosen so many of Jimmy’s solos – Stairway To Heaven, I Can’t Quit You Baby, Heartbreaker – but if I have to go for one it’s Whole Lotta Love. It’s old-school, which is what I prefer. With Jimmy it’s all about the construction of the solos and the way they pay off. He’s such an inspired and inspiring player, and this one’s the quintessential air-guitar track.”

BB King – The Thrill Is Gone (BB King)

“This is as perfect a blues guitar solo as you’ll get. It’s simple, you know? It’s so effective for his version of that Roy Hawkins song. To me a great guitar solo is one when you trade the vocal for the guitar and it stays the same thing. That’s something I strive for, and that’s what BB did here.”

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