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I've selected 10 Easy-Intermediate Guitar Solo Tabs from well-known and popular songs, that most newer or intermediate guitar players should be able to master without too much difficulty.  However, to benefit from this page...

(1) You need to know How to Read Guitar Tabs.  Otherwise nothing on this page is going to make sense.  My guide is simple and straightforward so if you've never used guitar tablature before, go read it now...

(2) Some of the Solos\Riffs employ certain guitar techniques such as bending and sliding.  If you don't know what these are, read the notes section after each song, or head on over to the Guitar Techniques section of this site.

(3) The 10 Easy Guitar Solo Tabs below are rated, for difficulty out of 10 with the easiest ones first.  Things get tougher towards the bottom of the page, but remember that these ratings are subjective (just my opinion) - for some players they will be easier/harder than indicated.
Learn to Play 10 well-known and straightforward guitar solo tabs using this simple guide that include riffs from Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Dire Straits, Green Day and a few more...
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Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 1:
Beat It (by Michael Jackson)

Winning a Grammy for the best record of the year in 1983, Beat It was written and performed by Mr. Jackson himself in his unique style.  The solo and riffs in this song was actually performed by Eddie van Halen (even though he doesn't appear in the music video).  Rolling Stone magazine places this number amonst the 500 best songs al of time!
Notes on the Song

This riff forms part of the intro and main hook of the song, as originally played by Eddie van Halen.  The riff is actually a repeat of the same melody twice with a different ending.  The picking line itself is straightforward and shouldn't prove too problematic for beginner or intermediate players.  If, after plucking all the notes in sequence, you're still not sure about the timing, you'll need to listen to the original song to get a feel for the riff.

Difficulty: 3 out of 10
Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 2:
Sunshine of Your Love (by Cream / Eric Clapton)

Written by British Rock band Cream, whose bassist composed the melody after being inspired at a Jimmy Hendrix concert!  Cream's famous guitarist Eric Clapton later contributed to the song and it's today considered to be one of those classic rock songs that shaped the genre in the decades that followed.
Notes on the Song

This is a great sounding riff that's pretty easy to play, but receives a four difficulty rating because of that interesting bend that takes place on the second to last note of the riff.  Here the "b8" indicates that the 8th fret on the A string needs to be bent, till it produces the same sound as the previous note, and then plucked.

If you're unfamiliar with bending, I recommend that you learn to use it as soon as you can, since it's a great technique that adds flair to your playing and is consequently used by every single rock/blues/classical guitarist out there!  See my article on String Bending for more.  I also wrote specifically on bending within the Blues genre.

Difficulty: 4 out of 10
Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 3:
La Bamba (by Richie Valens)

Nobody knows who originally wrote this song as it's a Mexican folk song from ages past.  It was however brought into popular spotlight (and today on many "best songs of all times" lists) due to a 1958 cover by Richie Valens.

At the time, it was one of rock 'n rolls best known songs and is still a classic today.
Notes on the Song

The riff above forms part of the intro of the song and the three-note melodies (3-2-0) are played after each other in fairly fast succession.  You might need to listen to the original to get the timing right.  Apart from that the intro riff is really very straightforward and after you've mastered and played it, you'll want to start singing the opening line, in Spanish!

Difficulty: 3 out of 10
Notes on the Song

This riff uses power chords.  The first line forms part of the classic opening rock sequence of the song, while the second line is played once the drums and other instruments fall in.  You'll notice that the two lines are very similar, but that the second only has one added note to every power chord (on the G string).

These power chords should be played in staccato style (each note short and sharp, without ringing).  If you're unfamiliar with power chords, then the fingering here might seem difficult.

Difficulty: 4 out of 10
Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 4:
Eye of the Tiger (by Survivor)

Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone actually asked the band Survivor to write this song, after he couldn't get permission to use Queen's "Another one bites the dust" in his film.

The song's opening guitar lines and rhythm are today still synonymous with competitive sports in many parts of the world and instantly recognisable by anyone who have, or haven't seen the Rocky films.
Notes on the Song

This riff forms part of the intro of the song and uses two-note power chords.  These are not that hard to play since your hand maintains the same shape throughout and simply moves up and down the fretboard, in that shape.

To get the correct sound from this riff you'll need to slide between some of the power chords - indicated by the / symbol.  For more on sliding, and utilising it in riffs and solo's, see my article of Guitar Sliding.


Difficulty: 5 out of 10
Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 5:
Iron Man (Black Sabbath)

This song originally had nothing to do with Robert Downey Jr's Red and Golden flying suit - even though the movie makes a connection between the two. 

The name of the original title by Black Sabbath references the lyrics of this song, which tells the story of a man that travels forward in time and witnesses the apocalypse.
Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 6:
Holiday (Green Day)

This song was written as a narrative prelude to Green Day's other international hit 'Boulevard of Broken dreams'.  The song acheived a lot of success in the United States and internationally, and the guitar riff featured during the intro has somewhat of a cult following among many guitarists.
Notes on the Song

For newer guitar players, this tab might seem scarier than it really is.  The tab consists of the power chords played during the intro of song in quick succession.  The power chords in the first line (intro of the song) are four note power chords with one added trick: Only the top and bottom strings of the chord (B & A strings) are fretted.  The 'X' on the other strings indicate that you need to let your fingers rest on these strings, without actually fretting them - that means they'll sounds muted when you strum the entire chord.  This sounds great on an electric guitar, especially when adding some distortion effects.

The second line consists of the regular 3-note power chords played as the main riff for the song.  For more on Power Chords, have a look at this article.

Difficulty: 5 out of 10
Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 7:
Shape of my Heart (by Sting)

Sting's long-time guitarist Dominic Miller apparently brought the singer the beautiful guitar riff below after which he (Sting) had a walk in the woods to find a story and lyrics to fit the theme of the melody.

The result is this beautiful song that was released in 1993 and used for the cult movie 'Leon' in 1994.
Notes on the Song

This riff will have your guitar gently weep (pardon the pun) a melancholic melody that might take some time to play smoothly.  I usually play it starting with my 1st & 3rd fingers (that's index and ring) and then using my second finger to play the notes on the D string.  Once you're familiar with the hand positioning of this song (your hand should maintain the same shape throughout the riff), the rest should come easily.

Difficulty: 6 out of 10
Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 8:
I Feel Fine (by The Beatles)

This song features the very first use of guitar feedback in any modern popular song (you can hear it in the original recording before the guitar riff starts).

The entire song, written by John Lennon in 1964, is driven by the riff below.
Notes on the Song

For new or intermediate players, this riff might seem tricky and will require some practice.  The rhythm is not necessarily diffcult, thought the fingering is somewhat fast and changes rapidly.  The riff starts out with a power chord on the 10th fret (top E string) and then works its way down the neck.

Take note of the slides (10/8 & 8/3) that happens on the top E string.  You can read more about sliding and how it adds spice to your playing in the Guitar Sliding Article.  Other than that, this riff is could actually make a decent practice and warm-up exercise.

Difficulty: 6 out of 10
Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 9:
Thinking Our Loud (by Ed Sheeran)

Written by Sheeran (and a collabarator) as a wedding song (i.e. you can walk down the aisle with this one), it has become incredibly popular in a short amount of time - since its release in 2014 - and is currently rated as one of the most sought after guitar pieces on the Internet.  The riff below consists of the solo of the song (played on an acoustic guitar).
Notes on the Song

This tab consists of the entire solo of the song (which starts around the 3 and a half minute mark).  As you can see, it's a lengthy solo and it's played rather fast, which means it's aimed more at intermediate/advanced guitar players.

The solo utilises a couple of different guitar techniques such as bending (b), vibrato (~), sliding (\) and hammer-ons (h).  For more on all of these, see the Guitar Techniques article.  Other than that, with a more difficult tab like this, it's preferable to have the original recording close by, so that you have something to measure yourself against as you practice.

Difficulty: 7 out of 10
Easy Guitar Solo Tabs 10:
Money for Nothing (by Dire Straits)

One of Dire Straits most successful singles, Money for Nothing was written in 1985 and actually features a cameo appearance by Sting (he sings the high bit in the beginner, about MTV).

The song tells the story of a working class man watching music videos and commenting on what he sees.  Among guitarists, the song is especially famous for its catchy opening rock riff, which is, admittedly, not something a beginner guitarist should try and play!
Notes on the Song

The actual fingering and speed of this riff is not that difficult in and of itself, but Dire Straits' guitarist employs quite a few extra little techniques like string muting, string popping, slides and note ringing that gives the riff a classic rock sound. 

The tab doesn't do complete justice to the song since it's hard to add many of these naturally occurring extra's into a transcription.  I recommend that you learn to play it as written here, and then put the tab away while listening to the song intro with your guitar, trying to emulate the original recording as best you can.

Difficulty: 8 out of 10
Where to from here?
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Beat It
(Michael Jackson)
Difficulty: 3/10
Learn to play Holiday on Guitar
Learn to play Shape of my Heart on Guitar
Learn to play I feel fine on Guitar
Learn to play Thinking Out Loud on Guitar
Learn to play Money For Nothing on Guitar
Sunshine of Your Love
(Cream)
Difficulty: 4/10
La Bamba
(Richie Valens)
Difficulty: 3/10
Eye of the
Tiger

(Survivor)
Difficulty: 5/10
Iron Man
(Black
Sabbath)
Difficulty: 5/10
Money for
Nothing

(Dire Straits)
Difficulty: 8/10
Thinking
out Loud

(Ed Sheeran)
Difficulty: 7/10
I Feel
Fine

(The Beatles)
Difficulty: 6/10
Shape of my
Heart

(Sting)
Difficulty: 6/10
Holiday
(Green Day)
Difficulty: 5/10