Lessons you can learn from Slash‘s blues guitar solos

Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators performs live on stage at Assago Summer Arena. Milan (Italy), June 24th, 2015.
(Image credit: Elena Di Vincenzo/Archivio Elena di Vincenzo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

Few guitarists are so synonymous with the wider culture as Slash, one of the most iconic rock stars the world has ever seen. Emerging in the late ’80s from LA’s hard rock scene, Slash, and his bandmates in Gun N‘ Roses, defined rock and roll for a whole generation. 

Post-EVH in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the rock world had become dominated by the ‘glam’ movement, with huge hair, dive bombs and trying to play things as fast as possible. It might even be argued that rock was losing its attitude. Enter Guns N’ Roses who, almost overnight, re-injected that missing badass attitude and gravitas to the world of rock. A perfect blend of attitude and grit coupled with skilful songwriting and exciting playing, put this band ahead of its peers and re-captured the imaginations of the true rock-loving masses.

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Phil Short

Phil Short is a sought-after guitarist from the UK. A stadium player, Phil is well known for his technically accomplished guitar style and has showcased his talent touring with Irish boyband Westlife. As well as touring, Phil has been a visiting lecturer at BIMM London since 2017, teaching performance, technique and improvisational skills to the next generation of guitarists. Phil is a monthly contributor for Guitar Techniques magazine, writing the blues column as well as video features on iconic rock legends.