Happy Birthday Paul! Part 3, Paul The Guitarist

Earlier we recognized Paul the bassist.  But what many people might not know is that some of The Beatles best known guitar solos were played by none other than Paul McCartney.   Paul’s guitar of choice from 1965 on was a hollow bodied Epiphone Casino.  George and John followed suit and can be seen playing the Casino in various promotional clips and in photographs from recording sessions.

Paul’s solos are actually quite distinctive (except for “Back In the U.S.S.R., which sounds like something george would play).  His quieter solos (“Drive My Car,” “Ticket To Ride,” “Another Girl”) are usually very bendy.  His heavier solos, on the other hand, tend to be very aggressive (“Taxman,” “Good Morning Good Morning,” “Helter Skelter”).  After listening to the following songs you might even argue that Paul had better chops as a soloist than George.  But that’s an argument for another day.

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