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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.