Lonely Is the Night by Billy Squier | rhythm & solo
An electric guitar lesson on how to play the rhythm and solo parts to "Lonely Is the Night" by Billy Squier from his 1981 album Don't Say No.
Although never released as a single, "Lonely Is the Night" is one of Billy Squier's biggest songs. In the Led Zeppelin biography, "Hammer Of the Gods", the song is mentioned jokingly as one of the best singles Led Zeppelin ever put out. It has a resemblance to "Nobody's Fault But Mine" but it also borrows quite a bit from other Led Zep tracks.
Probably my favorite part of the song is the intro. It's such a cool and recognizable riff.
The main rhythm parts aren't difficult. What makes them is what makes a lot of rock and roll guitar and that's the tone and the attitude behind the playing.
I really enjoyed learning the solo to this one. It was originally played by Cary Sharaf. I looked all over but I couldn't find any info on him, only that he played with Billy for a few years. It's an excellent solo and the last lick is really cool. It's sort of a combination of 2 licks from Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love solo. I go over that in detail in the lesson.
I had a blast making this video, especially recording my demo. I hope you enjoy the lesson and that it helps you to play this classic eighties track. Cheers
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