In honour of one of my all time favourites; Rush and their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here is a classic solo from what many consider to be their finest album Moving Pictures released in 1981. This solo is from the second track Red Barchetta. Alex Lifeson has so many absolutely great solos to choose from, making it tough to choose which to be my first featured here.
Seriously, how cool is it that this solo section is in 7/4 time? I mean really, Rush can just make any odd time meter seem to flow so cleanly that most people don't even realize something tricky is afoot. They are masters at this.
The solo begins with a fast run down the A Major pentatonic scale. BUT - Alex doesn't play the standard box patten. Which allows his to access a new area of the neck upon its completion. He then runs back up the A Major scale over the relative minor chord of F#min. A quick sequence of artificial pick harmonics (A.H. on the tab). Then he gets into the intensely melodic triad section. Here he simply follows the chord backing - AMaj triad, F#min triad, G (he adds the 9 here for a little shimmer), before culminating in a D triad then some sliding 6ths to end it. Wham, boom, see ya later! Beautiful chord tone stuff kiddies.
Getting the sound
Single coil guitar. Short slap type delay, slow light flanger and a boatload of attitude.
Here is the TAB sheet for your downloading pleasure.