Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time Readers Poll: Round 2 — "Heartbreaker" (Jimmy Page) Vs. "Cliffs of Dover" (Eric Johnson)

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GEENGADE

Solos for stopping the whole song are if you can make this work. Putting together a fine piece of your solo in the middle of your jamming in an extremely hot song with the band in today's bands you have to have a lot of sex, drugs and rock n roll behind you but that's all gone in that way of doing your soloing. Hot for teacher in the beginning of the song, La Villa Strangiato in the beginning of the song, cliffs of Dover in the beginning of the song. All three do the same and except one is about teacher the other is about different pieces of nostalgic themes and the other in this competition.

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guitarladd

A solo in a song is a completely different thing than an instrumental piece of music. Although you could say that sometime after the main theme is stated in the instrumental that a "solo" is in there somewhere. Finesse vs Sloppiness? Well, yes, but I loved Page's break on Heartbreaker when I was a teenager and it's still sounds just as great now that I'm an old man. It could NOT have been played better, it is total perfection. For any bad-mouthing it maybe you should just start listening to classical music or something because you just don't understand rock music.

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LoQ

Damn... I think this is probably the closest one yet (and I can see why). I had to think about this one for quite a while... I ended up voting for Eric Johnson.

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cm51cat

Who thought this one up! An instrumental piece vs a song, come-on!

Although Eric sings on some of his work his instrumental pieces should be compared with like others, ie., Joe Satriani.

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krshnakrunch

No one "thought this up." It's a bracket/elimination contest. Read the feckin' rules before you make yourself look like an even bigger jackass.

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Hendrix197O

Oh come on now, be nice! There is no need for that.

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Hendrix1970

^^^ Cloning someones username is a real fail bud.

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Hendrix197O

LOL! Well I suppose you are the authority when it comes failing so I'm just going to have to trust yer judgement on that one.

Now quit yer whining and come on over here and give us a big hug!

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Hendrix1970

Why's that eh? look at the time sonny, time for beddy byes, out of mommy's basement trolol

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Hendrix197O

Good night sweet prince. Try not to stay up too late, our bed gets real lonely whenever you're not in it.

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Booglarizer

No need to listen to these two. Eric is a fine player, but without Heartbreaker we would probably not have had Van Halen, this is where the concept of tapping started even if it is not a tapping solo. Page may have taken other's ideas and extended them, but this is pure original genius.

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JDFM

I guess you never heard of Vittorio Camardese...
Watch and learn son.. Real guitar tapping... 1965...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmTQYquqxSY

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Hendrix197O

Michael Nesmith from the Monkees used to do some real amazing guitar tapping (pre-EVH)! He was a super underrated player. Another excellent and underrated guitarist with incredible finger-tapping skills, C.C. DeVille. No lie!!!

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jkret

This has been the hardest to vote for both solos and songs are classic and you cannot argue the merits of either guitar player. I have to go with my childhood hero and let the Hammer fall with the almighty Zepplin.

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mooseboy

Well, totally disregarding the pulchritude of the individuals in this shootout…

It's still tough, tough, tough, to decide. Just like SamiEndler, when I first heard "Heartbreaker", I thought to myself, "I can't even hear that fast, much less play like that!" Of course, time has moved on and we've now experienced the likes of Van Halen, Morse, Satch, Vai… and Johnson.

I'd like to vote for both of 'em, but that doesn't work. So with almost a coin toss, I go for Johnson. From the voting results so far, it seems that everybody's pretty much split the way I am.

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Hendrix197O

Oh dear this one just hurts. Jimmy was so adorable back when he recorded this solo, so I think he should get votes on his cuteness alone. Eric is no slouch either, mmmmm that man can play guitar and he is very easy on the eyes too (plus he's from Texas and Texans are my weakness). Both of them play from such an amazing canvas using such pretty colors. They are truly blessed and beautiful I just love the both of them. Yes a tuff one this is, but if I have to choose I choose Jimmy

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Hendrix1970

Nice try queer boy.

nursetom61

Was that really necessary, we are all guitarists here. Do you really feel the need to insult others. If you do then, I truly feel sorry for you.

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Hendrix1970

Clone usernames = fail dude lol..

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Hendrix197O

Quit talking to yourself sweetheart

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VicG2412

Keep it in ur pants, man... Geez...!

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SamiEndler

When I was younger and didn´t know many guitarists and solos, I was blown away by Jimmy´s Heartbreaker. I thought, no other guitar solo in the world was that fast. Listening to it now, I find it to be very sloppy played. I think I could play it cleaner. Great song though.
I have to vote for Cliffs Of Dover here, there are only a few instrumental melodies that can be remembered so easily.

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johnnycnote

"I find it to be very sloppy played. I think I could play it cleaner."

I agree 100%! I can't listen to "Heartbreaker" because of all of the sloppiness. It's like nails on a chalkboard and I have to change, or at least mute, the channel. What really annoys me is the childish expression Page likes to make when he plays it, as if he's really doing something ages beyond what us mere mortals could ever hope to emulate.

I can appreciate Page's composing and production skills, but beyond that he's too arrogant to be at all tolerable. I saw them live in '72 and it was one of the worst shows I've ever attended. They should have retired in '73 . . .

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krshnakrunch

What's really sad is that Page never figured out how to play the solo any better. The version he recorded live with the Black Crowes about 30 years later is actually WORSE!

Crystalblues

This is a classic case of "mess" Jimmy Page vs "finesse" Eric Jonson.

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johnnycnote

Sums it up very nicely!

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