Deep Purple Bloodsucker Guitar Solo


This is another solo from the Deep Purple’s classic album In Rock, with Ritchie playing at his best. It’s almost impossible to find accurate tab for this solo online, so I hope you guys enjoy this and find it as accurate as I believe it to be.

The original solo on the record is actually split in two, with an organ solo in the middle, so bare in mind that my video cuts that middle bit out. Don’t forget that, because if you play in a band with an Organ player, he’ll get very upset when you start playing over his Organ solo and ruin his chance to shine πŸ˜‰

I particularly love Ritchie’s playing in this solo due to the lively whammy bar vibrato, his trademark staccato picking, and the swagger of his quasi-Jazz line at the end. In short, it’s a masterpiece. I’d describe this solo as the bridge between the histrionics of Jimi Hendrix and the virtuosity of Eddie Van Halen which was to come almost a decade later.

I’ve put this solo in the Advanced category (albeit at the lower end) because to play it convincingly and accurately, you have to have a solid command of several techniques. This ain’t simple, bog-standard Rock here guys! Keep your eyes on the notes with dots above them, as they are the notes played with staccato, and also look out for the strange lines on the tab section that represent how to manipulate the whammy bar and the number with these lines represent how many steps of the scale away the note you are aiming for should be. So basically, when you see -1 1/2, aim for the note 4 frets down!

My favourite part? Hard to say as it’s all awesome, but I particularly like the bit where – like parts from the Speed King solo – Richie plays a kind of Jazz-Fusion lick. It’s a lick that defies easy scale classification, but the best I can do is describe it as using the Ionian Mode (Major Scale) with a Minor 3rd thrown in. Is there such a Scale? No idea, but comment if you know! However, it’s not necessarily the notes alone that make it sound like a Jazz-Fusion lick, but also the way he plays the notes.

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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Deep Purple Bloodsucker Guitar Solo

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    Marcus

    I have just discovered your site. Really love your playing and your solos. Can you recommend a way of knowing how to follow a chord progression successfully so it doesn’t sound like a scale .

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