Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples, Needs a Better Title, Rolling Updates Is this getting close to launch? Do we want to wait to add more examples? Or should we axe the example list altogether? Can anyone think of any more In-Universe examples? You're onstage, shredding the guitar and rocking the crowd's face off. You just finished the second chorus, the audience is pumped; where do you take the song from here? The Guitar Solo. You've probably heard one before. You already know what it is. The lead singer steps back from the mic while the bass and drums lock into a pattern. The guitarist takes center stage and lets loose the fury of hell. Guitar solos are one of the most common tropes in rock music and are considered mandatory in certain subgenres. The guitar solo isn't limited to rock music or even electric guitars either; it can be heard in innumerable forms and in almost every modern popular music style. Guitar solos come in all different forms. It is fairly common for the guitarist to improvise some or all of his solo. This is taken to its logical end by jam bands like The Grateful Dead, whose live performances can include incredibly long, fully improvised solos. On the other side of the spectrum, we have pop songs with 100% composed guitar solos, sometimes simply repeating the vocal melody on guitar. The guitar solo can also reflect all different levels of difficulty and skill. Some punk bands, from time to time, will have an "anti-solo" consisting of one note. However, guitarists confident in their skill will take the opportunity to show how Bad Ass they are and unleash something truly impressive. Related to Epic Riff, Epic Rocking. Because this is an Omnipresent Trope among Music Tropes, examples are not necessary unless they notably play with the trope.
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- Back to the Future
- Johnny Butler uses one to defeat Jack butler near the end of Crossroads.
- John Mayer gets to perform one as himself in Get Hard.
- The Doof Warrior from Mad Max: Fury Road plays his flamethrower-guitar over the army's war drums throughout the film, and even manages to do so mid-battle.
- Prince performs an extremely long one near the end of Purple Rain.
- School of Rock has Jack Black's character perform one of these at the climax of the film. Notably, the camera never gives a shot of the character and the guitar in the same shot, because the solo was dubbed over Black's performance.
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World features a duel between two bass guitar soloists. The duel ends with Scott Pilgrim being launched through a wall by his opponents solo.
Live Action TV
- The 2015 Doctor Who episode "The Magician's Apprentice" has the Doctor himself play a guitar solo while in the eleventh century as part of his Last Dance.
- A sketch from The Kids in the Hall features a young guitarist and Satan having a rock duel where Satan plays a six-armed solo.
- The Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue team had a notable Leitmotif drawn from the guitar solo/bridge from its theme song.
- The eleventh season finale of Supernatural plays a triumphant guitar solo after the conflict is resolved alongside a shot of the sun brightening.
- Many of The Grateful Dead's studio albums (especially American Beauty) focus far more on traditional pop song structure than the lengthy guitar solos their live shows are known for.
- Exaggerated by Jimi Hendrix - he played the solo in "Hey Joe" at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival with his teeth.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic
- His "Generic Blues" guitar solo (introduced with "Make it talk, son. Make it talk.") consists of two alternating notes. Rhythm goes from slow to fast and back, but it's just the same two notes. The solo ends with Al suggesting, "Okay. Now make it shut up."
- Another subversion, also by Weird Al: in the video for "You Don't Love Me Anymore", during one of the musical interludes Al picks up a guitar and spends a few seconds adjusting it in his hands, puts his fingers on the strings and prepares to play... then just sets it back down and goes back to singing.
- If you play as Achmed Khan in Backyard Skateboarding, doing a Big Air Guitar Solo beats the final boss challenge and starts the concert.
- The protagonist of Brütal Legend uses guitar solos as attacks.
- At the end of a stage in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, Dixie Kong will play one these as a part of her Victory Pose.
- Enforced in the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises. Because the premise of the games is simulated guitar-playing, their creators stuff them with cool guitar solos.
- With the Zora mask, Link from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask can perform these in order to travel through time, teleport, and perform a variety of other magical feats.
- In Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, Globox, having swallowed Andre, visits Dr. Otto to have him removed. Otto plays what sounds like a rock guitar solo using Globox's arm instead of a guitar. It has no affect and Andre is trapped until a different doctor plays classical music.
- Parodied in the season 10 intro of Acquisitions Incorporated, where Viari completely steals the show with his guitar solo from the other AcqInc interns playing different instruments. Although Viari actually plays a lute in the story proper, this moment pokes fun in his prominent Spotlight-Stealing Squad tendencies.
- The recurring Danny Phantom villain Ember McLain weaponizes this, using her haunted guitar to hypnotize those who listen to it.
- Wishology, The Movie of The Fairly Animation, features a magical one at the end of the first act, which banishes The Darkness.
- Parodied in the climax of the The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, where a Guitar Solo invokes Frickin' Laser Beams and frees everyone from the villain's mind control.
- The Teen Titans Go! episode "Real Boy Adventures" features a guitar solo from Batman, of all people.
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