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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Paul McCartney "Maybe I'm Amazed" Isolated Guitar Solo

Here's the isolated guitar solo from one of my all-time favorite songs. It's "Maybe I'm Amazed" from Paul McCartney's first solo album. Paul plays basically the same solo twice in the song and you'll here them both back to back. Here's what to listen for.

1. I suspect this was played through some sort of Fender amp since you can hear the built-in reverb boing at the end of his phrases.

2. You can hear some slight mis-fingerings and undeveloped technique, but Macca makes up for it with an extremely lyrical solo melody. Most guitar players with better technique would probably just wail with a lot of notes instead, but this is a solo worth remembering. It's stands out as much as the rest of the song.

3. Listen to the string noise in between the phrases. We'd trim these in the workstation today so you wouldn't hear them, but you don't hear on the final record anyway.


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Anonymous said...

Paul would have used a fender amp for sure. From memory it was recorded at his home studio in Scotland and he played all instruments on this record. Paul's guitars of choice when playing lead with The Beatles was an Epiphone Casino (as pictured) and a single pickup Fender Esquire. Interestingly I've read he used a Gibson Firebird for this recording.

Anonymous said...

All of Mccartney's first album was recorded at the home studio but this track was cut at Abbey Road.


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