Another solo cover… This is Let the Good Times Rock – featuring a classic, ripping, melodic solo from the one and only Kee Marcello. I think this is one of his best solos. There’s a clear melodic theme and some absolutely terrifying technique going on. You know – that’s one of the things about Kee Marcello, his solos are so melodic, but consequently they are MUCH harder to play than they sound. Kee showed this solo on his REH instructional video from about 1992 or so, but he played it differently – particularly the very last run at the end of the solo. In the video, he plays a far simpler and easier version than he does on the album, which is what I see on most of the YouTube covers of this solo… so I decided to play the original version! I’m not exaggerating when I say that it’s phenomenally difficult to play! I don’t blame Kee for one moment for doing a simpler one later on!
An interesting point regarding my guitar… On this video I switched the neck for a short (conversion) scale neck from USACG with an ebony fingerboard and compound 16-20″ radius. It really changed the feel of the guitar – the string tension was softer and the action was much lower, which was ideal for the “ludicrous-speed” runs in this solo! I switched the neck back to the original (rosewood 12″ radius) later on, but it was a great experiment!
Hope you like it!