Greatest one note guitar solo ever?

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The first half of Jeff Beck's "You Shook Me"

The first half of (again) Neil Young's "Vampire Blues"

two months pass...

easy winner - i just posted about it, which reminded me - wire, 'i should have known better', last 20 seconds

a. cole, u thic (acoleuthic), Thursday, 3 December 2009 15:32 (ten years ago) link

The intro to YYY's "Maps" is awesome

Udon Nomi (Stevie D), Thursday, 3 December 2009 15:40 (ten years ago) link

Yo La Tengo - Little Honda

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 3 December 2009 16:03 (ten years ago) link

two years pass...

hey guys,
I took some of your suggestions, researched some more and have collected all the records over the last 10 years. I then DJed them all into a mix tape - all songs with one note guitar solos, just the guitar solos - which has just been released by "Bridgetown Records".
there is a sample here:

ddd, Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:38 (eight years ago) link

Les Savy Fav's "Reprobate's Resume" has a section that can be qualified as a one note solo

V79, Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:46 (eight years ago) link

tom petty "runnin down a dream" my classic fav

NZA, Monday, 23 January 2012 04:19 (eight years ago) link

also pixies' "manta ray" is a good one

NZA, Monday, 23 January 2012 04:19 (eight years ago) link

Did anybody mention "Howzat" by Sherbert?

A true one-note solo, a bit like "Wichita Lineman", but on one note only.

Mark G, Monday, 23 January 2012 09:32 (eight years ago) link

Has "You Keep me Hanging on"'s morse code intro/solo been mentioned? It doesn't get much better than that imo.

get ready for the banter (NotEnough), Monday, 23 January 2012 10:50 (eight years ago) link

^^^ That just reminded me of an MST3K joke in which the movie being watched fades in on a Morse code key rapidly beeping out a message (or some such thing), at which point Tom Servo starts singing the aforementioned song. Ned probably knows which episode it was.

Famous porn scenes like "shake that bear" (Phil D.), Monday, 23 January 2012 14:49 (eight years ago) link

I always thought the solo in Fleetwood Mac's The Chain (the end bit, that's the famous BBC formula one theme) was one note, but um it's like several one-note solos after each other :-/

StanM, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 17:44 (eight years ago) link

Sure I started a thread like this and everyone ended up confused about whether you could include drones, how many extra notes were allowed, etc...

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 19:46 (eight years ago) link

A few more: Witchita Lineman, Bowie's Starman, Libertines' Can't Stand Me Now

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 19:48 (eight years ago) link

Bowie's Starman

I don't hear this one

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 23:26 (eight years ago) link

where is the one-note solo

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 23:27 (eight years ago) link

I lived in rural MS for a couple of years, and enjoyed a bit of playing music in various clubs there. One Friday, a local guy was playing with a bunch of other locals, and called me and said I could sit in if I wanted to.

I showed up, guitar case in hand, and walked to a spot to the right of the band. A guy wearing all denim, white Reebok hi-tops, and a feathered mullet asked me "What's that? A trombone?" I demurred, just chuckling at his idiocy. He got up and played a cover of Cream's version of "Crossroads." He was good. Damn good. But WAAAAAYYY too Van Halen for a cover of that song where we were (approx 100 yards from the Mississippi River).

So, he finishes, and the whole crowd applauded, but in a respectful way, not in a getting drunk on a Friday night sort of way.

So, I get up and tell the guys, 4/5 of whom I had played "Crossroads" with the night before, "Same song. Half as fast." They grin, and grind into it. When it came time for a solo, I played one note. I let it hang. And feedback. And then I played the same note again. And again.

The crowd was enthused. It was pretty awesome. Upon leaving the stage, I made a trombone motion to the dude, and he laughed. Good times.

Which leads me to a question: What is your favorite single note solo from a song?

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:24 (eight years ago) link

Back in the USSR is a great one.

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:26 (eight years ago) link

I didn't realize it would automatically post to this thread. I would have removed the final line from my first post. Ah well. You understand.

Sauvignon Blanc Mange (B.L.A.M.), Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:27 (eight years ago) link

I meant that little guitar bridge between the verse and chorus at 0:50, Shakey.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:17 (eight years ago) link

1) that's not a guitar
2) that is like two bars

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Saturday, 28 January 2012 00:39 (eight years ago) link

In all the research I did for this, I found MANY suggestions of what people remembered as one note solos, or bridges, or just one great note repeated in the middle of an otherwise note-rich solo.

ddd, Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:30 (eight years ago) link

it's good to see you've got a passion for maintaining the integrity of the TRUE one-note solo!

SELF DEPORTATION (Z S), Saturday, 28 January 2012 06:51 (eight years ago) link

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Conan The Asshander (Doran), Saturday, 28 January 2012 09:00 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

I am still wrapping my mind around Talk Talk's Laughing Stock, which is like the album I wish I had known at the time as I am completely blown away by it....the one-note solo is completely spine-chilling, to me at least!

Iago Galdston, Monday, 13 May 2013 15:10 (seven years ago) link

Many of the solos in this thread are not one note solos, including the lovely Talk Talk feedback solo above.

Three Word Username, Monday, 13 May 2013 16:40 (seven years ago) link

Actual one note solos are few and far between

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Monday, 13 May 2013 16:47 (seven years ago) link

yeah I realize that but i took a broader view

Iago Galdston, Monday, 13 May 2013 17:21 (seven years ago) link

This is a true one-note solo.

everything, Monday, 13 May 2013 20:22 (seven years ago) link

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The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:41 (seven years ago) link

^ yep.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 15:45 (seven years ago) link

The label that put out this tape has it streaming on bandcamp now: One note guitar solo mixtape

ddd, Friday, 17 May 2013 02:48 (seven years ago) link

"Radiated" - Story So Far

Michael Train, Friday, 17 May 2013 03:21 (seven years ago) link

Hmm, I like the idea of that one-note mix tape, but surely the first one is more than one string, and the second one has pitch-bending going into semi-tone range. Will keep listening though.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 17 May 2013 10:01 (seven years ago) link

four years pass...

Beiss Mich [Bite Me] by Fraulien Wunder. This and Cinnamon Girl are the best, I think. Len Bright is pretty cool too.

Julian Massage, Monday, 29 May 2017 22:45 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

I know it's not guitar but...

this is absolutely the worst solo i have ever heard by any instrument

— Gal Gracen (@galgracen) September 25, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:48 (eight months ago) link

That is absolutely the best solo ever

Stockhausen Serves Empirical Jism (Matt #2), Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:51 (eight months ago) link

untitled goose solo

The Pingularity (ledge), Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:51 (eight months ago) link

i knew this would be the revive

(•̪●) (carne asada), Thursday, 26 September 2019 18:53 (eight months ago) link

xp lmao fuck

meaulnes, Thursday, 26 September 2019 20:59 (eight months ago) link

There's a solid chapter about this subject in Ben Ratliff's book "Every Song Ever."

Agreed with those who said it above: Neil Young is the master at one-noters although my favorite is Phil Manzanera's on Eno's "The True Wheel," possibly my favorite Eno song.

Wally P. Doyle, Thursday, 26 September 2019 21:12 (eight months ago) link

that "absolutely the worst solo" is pretty great, come on now

tylerw, Thursday, 26 September 2019 21:41 (eight months ago) link

Seen them live a couple of times. They didn't have a sax player but they are certainly musos.

everything, Thursday, 26 September 2019 22:32 (eight months ago) link

Cake's "I Will Survive" has a pretty great solo, which is one note until almost the end

Duke, Friday, 27 September 2019 15:59 (eight months ago) link

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