Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 1 — "Bohemian Rhapsody" (Brian May) Vs. "Light My Fire" (Robby Krieger)

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GEENGADE

Soloing with direction at your side and plenty of conversation to boot is the English way. Well were they. When it comes down to it it’s the fav among people who like Wayne's World and the television world took to. I don’t really see it going any further. Brian used his ability with any regards to who it was for. Except for it was good conservation with the mates of Queen. There really wasn't much going on those days. Rock was just at the way side building strength. It didn't have the roots that the term arena where being filled and beginning to develop.

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Hendrix1970

Gotta give it to Brian May, i doubt i would have been able to play alongside a flamboyant cross dressing queer without being totally embarrassed and ashamed lol.

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shadow1029

I find this one extremely unfair. Light My Fire is about the keyboard playing for the most part, not about the guitar playing, against what is possibly Brian May's best solo... But I love both of the guitarist.

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mooseboy

A really tough one to vote on this time! Both are highly influential, both are masterful.

However, I'm going with Robbie this time because I was in my early years of learning to play when this solo came out, and I gleaned so much knowledge from it. Also, I'm pretty sure that almost everybody else will vote for Brian, and I didn't want Robbie to get completely trounced.

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LoQ

...and the Queen Facebook is a buzzin'!

Actually in this case I would agree with them. The Bohemian Rhapsody solo is a great example of Brian's incredible unique phrasing and tone.

It needs to be mentioned too that Robby Krieger is such an amazing player and is blessed with those similar qualities in his playing as well. However anyone that took part in the last online bracketed poll that Guitar World did knows damn well that due to the insanely massive numbers behind Queen's Facebook, Brian will get an overwhelming amount of biased votes throughout this whole contest which will completely devastate and eclipse those votes placed by Guitar World's "actual" readers (which might only be stopped by EVH's Eruption).

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Hendrix1970

Robbie's guitar playing wasn't that great at all, he barely even new how to play the guitar before joining The Doors...

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LoQ

While it is true that Robby had only been playing the “electric guitar” for about a year before joining The Doors, he had been playing flamenco guitar for quite a number of years prior to that. This is evidenced by the fact that he mostly uses his fingers instead of a pick, and while most of his rock contemporaries back then were sticking to mainly pentatonics and blues scales, he used scales that were more common with flamenco such as natural minor, harmonic minor, Ionian, Dorian, Lydian etc.

In fact, one of the reasons he chose a Gibson SG as his first electric was because it had a similar neck profile to a flamenco guitar (he traded in his flamenco guitar for that Gibson SG after he saw Chuck Berry play live). So Robby was actually a pretty experienced guitar player when he joined the Doors.

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