Here’s a classic 80s track from Back To The Future, probably my favourite film of all time, so this solo definitely has a special place in my heart.
When learning the solo it is helpful to split it into three sections. Bars 1-8 contain Albert King style licks and phrases. The ideas in Bars 9-12 are more from the Clapton stable and bars 13-16 contain some Chuck Berry style double-stops. The actual solo is not too technically challenging with the Clapton style semi-quaver run (Bars 9 & 10) being the trickiest bit. The challenge is to get the feel and articulation correct and to keep building the excitement to the end. Don’t be afraid to dig in. The finger vibrato is wide and quirky. Some of the bends are slow to get to pitch or fall slightly flat at the end and to make this sound musical can be tricky. It’s a feel thing so let your ears guide you.
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!