Brian May's 20 greatest guitar moments

Brian May's 20 best guitar moments
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To celebrate Brian May been recently voted by Total Guitar readers as the greatest rock guitarist of all time, we thought it was the ideal occasion to dig the Queen vinyl out and find the man with the curly hair and curly guitar lead's finest guitar moments.

When you put them all together like this, it shows you the depth to May's artistry, and how he could take the bare bones of rock 'n' roll and clad it in orchestral finery, and find a sense of quasi-medieval mysticism to hoist his audience out of their present reality. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).