Dial your solos up to epic levels with this '80s rock ballad lesson

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We've previously looked at some of the various (and sometimes unlikely) places where blues influence finds its way, and this month we continue that tradition. 

During the '80s, guitar solos moved in an increasingly technical, even academic, direction. The blues element was less prevalent in the output of players such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen. On the flip side, Gary Moore, John Sykes and Zakk Wylde combined modern, flashy playing with a recognisably ‘blues’ feel. 

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.