Free is one of my favourite Blues Rock bands of all time, and Paul Kossoff is half the reason why (the other half is the phenomenal voice of Paul Rodgers). The guy had oodles of attitude, a deft touch, and beautiful stinging vibrato – and all while still in his teens!
The solo shouldn’t present too many problems, but to play it convincingly, you’ll need to have a fast vibrato – without being nervous or wide – and never lose the original note. Yes, that can be quite a challenge! Capturing the feel of the solo is more important than following the rhythmic values exactly as transcribed. Some standout moments are the relaxed bending in bar 6, the nice position change in bar 10 which enables the transition to a higher register later on, the repetitive triplet lick of bar 16, and the combined open/fretted notes ringing together in bars 20-21.
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!