Reelin' In the Years by Steely Dan | solo
An electric guitar lesson on how to play "Reelin' in the Years" guitar solos by Steely Dan, from the 1972 album "Can't Buy A Thrill."
A full breakdown of all the lead guitar solos and fills. This is a total guitar classic. It's one of the greatest solos ever recorded.
It was composed and played by Elliot Randall who was a popular session musician at the time. The solo was ranked as the 40th best guitar solo of all-time by the readers of Guitar World magazine.
Jimmy Page has called this his favorite guitar solo ever recorded.
Here's a quote from Elliot Randall:
“They were having trouble finding the right ‘flavor’ solo for ‘Reelin,’ and asked me to give it a go,” recalls Randall. “Most of the song was already complete, so I had the good fortune of having a very clear picture of what the solo was laying on top of.
They played it for me without much dialogue about what I should play. It just wasn’t necessary because we did it in one take and nothing was written. Jeff Baxter played the harmony parts, but my entire lead—intro/answers/solo/end solo—was one continuous take played through a very simple setup: my old Strat, the same one I’ve been using since 1965, plugged directly into an Ampeg SVT amp, and miked with a single AKG 414. The whole solo just came to me, and I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to play it.”
I really enjoyed working on these parts. I hope you enjoy the videos and that they help you to play these classic guitar parts. Cheers
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