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Paul McCartney’s Guitar Solo in The Beatles’ “Taxman” | Reverb Learn to Play

November 7, 2019


  • Reply MisterBassBoost June 16, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Excellent video. Keep it up!

  • Reply embass June 16, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Really crazy solo

  • Reply Ozzy Sniper June 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    i love beatles

  • Reply Charlie Sunday June 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    He threw that bit of Indian in there for George. People knock Paul for being corny/controlling but he was the best musician in the Beatles. A natural talent for sure.

  • Reply h2er80 June 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks Joe!

  • Reply Toothpastman June 16, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Great video! The Beatles will always be the greatest band of all time for me, their impact was extraordinary. Next video about The Strokes maybe? Cheers

  • Reply Mike Nappi June 16, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    naaaaiiiled it!!!!! gorgeous strat, super close tone, Joe you rock! ud kill it in a cover band, from 50s to present jazz to metal…keep rockin!

  • Reply Mike Nappi June 16, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    what was the signal chain?

  • Reply Art Hripco June 16, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    This is just great. Please do The Strokes next.

  • Reply gobolinoo June 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    It sounds very awkward your solo performance

  • Reply gigisdad June 17, 2017 at 1:57 am

    I've heard many attempts at this solo and no one gets it right so don't feel bad.

  • Reply Matthew Paluch June 17, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Not only was Paul's frantic
    staccato driven solo outstanding,
    his bass work on the song is

  • Reply Geo Zero June 17, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Manic solo indeed.ย 


    Most excellent.

  • Reply Josh Pawley June 17, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Are you just using a high gain setting on a combo? or using any effects pedals? Great tone!

  • Reply haytham kenway June 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Should've let George play it… Pretty overrated if you ask me…

  • Reply patrii9100 June 17, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Was it to much to use an Epiphone Casino?

  • Reply Bedlam Beats June 17, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    In my opinion, the best guitar solo of all time

  • Reply Chris Johnson June 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    hard, biting guitar was not George Harrison's thing, he was actually more influenced by Chet Atkins…While My Guitar Gently Weeps would not have had the edge to it had Eric Clapton not played the lead on it.

  • Reply Alexis Jawtuschenko June 18, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Great video. Thank You. Could You please teach us how to play George's Run of the mill?

  • Reply clouseaux114 June 18, 2017 at 5:34 am

    one of my toppermost solos of all time! thanks

  • Reply kenneth gerber June 18, 2017 at 6:01 am

    For the " record " as it were. George tried several ideas/attempts, became frustrated . Paul asked George if he could give it a shot. George went down the road ( there used to be a pub a couple blacks away ) , came back in little over an hour. Paul had it. Think about it, if you're a serious player. Given the arrangement of the song, he had to having a biting solo,Paul just had all the goods creatively . Anyone of you poseurs that think this is a rubbish solo, have your ears and brains tested . It's creative,pays homage to Georges Indian motif and fits the song. Paul used his Casino, not an Esquire. Does that honestly sound like a Fender Esquire to you ? In my opinion, lyrically Taxman is one of the best and wittiest of the Beatles canon. I know,heard it a million times. John dropped in a line. Which one is open to conjecture. If it was indeed " declare the pennies on your eyes " it's a great line. The bridge is also loaded with wit,humor and intelligence.

  • Reply Richard Grosser June 18, 2017 at 8:55 am

    It has been reported from an interview by George in 1987 and in many other sources, that Paul performed the' Taxman' solo. โ€œIf you notice, he did like a little Indian bit on it, for me.โ€

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  • Reply Netromish June 21, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    What model is that Guild acoustic?

  • Reply IamMagPie June 25, 2017 at 10:48 am

    An amazing solo that stands the test of time, and really fits beautifully into this classic song. Not bad guitar work from a bass player. Well, McCartney plays almost everything well…

  • Reply Abad Garcia July 17, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Champagne Supernova Solo!!!!

  • Reply fueradeljuego August 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Geoff Emerick reports that Paul enthusiastically requested to give the solo shot and George Martin shared Paul's enthusiasm. George (Harrison) was not happy about it at the time. I think Paul would have liked to see George play more "energetic" solos. After seeing Hendrix in 1967 he lamented that the Beatles didn't have a guitarist like that. I also heard a snippet of the Rolling Stone interview with Lennon in 1970 (?) and when Jann Wenner asks how do you rate yourself as a guitarist he says "not that good but I can make it howl and move" and the the interviewer asks about George….there is a long, pregnant pause and Lennon says, "he's pretty good, but I like myself better, I gotta be honest." Crazy!

  • Reply Sal Guglielmino August 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Another great explanation. Thanks so much.

  • Reply gehbw October 16, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks for the lesson. That's a great Strat! Could you please give us some details about it?

  • Reply John Kondrk October 18, 2017 at 4:34 am

    totally awesome!!!…Ty so much

  • Reply KlassicKrusty November 9, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Sounds alot better n cleaner on the record

  • Reply Keops spoeK December 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    it's so wrong lol

  • Reply Pao Landicho December 31, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I can't believe Paul was the one behind that solo.Such talent.

  • Reply JohnR88 January 21, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    This is also the Tomorrow Never Knows solo…

  • Reply JJ Surma January 29, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Andy's great and all but Joe has really grown on me. Sometimes I find myself saying "hello friends!" just like he does.

  • Reply Stelio Kontos March 2, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Paul may well have been a " bit " of a control freak ,but thank goodness for that .

  • Reply Miguel Vasquez- Goth Cat March 12, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Paul McCartney is a fucking musician god!!! Plays everything and produces his own music!! Fucking amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Rodrigo Films April 1, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Is he using a pedal if he is then what is it??

  • Reply Andres Tolmos April 9, 2018 at 11:01 am

    el solo es brutal…paul se fumo varios porretes y le salio un punteo. barbaro y alucinante .puro genio.

  • Reply Athens February 5, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Yes, this was played by Paul but he didn't use a Fender. For authenticity and accuracy, you should've gone with what he originally played on Taxman. I forgot the name of it.

  • Reply Gerald Orford March 16, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Most people think Paul was just the bass guitarist.

  • Reply Jeff Black April 13, 2019 at 12:36 am

    I love that solo. Kind of punk Indian. I believe takes of it also got recycled backwards in 'Tomorrow Never Knows'.

  • Reply Bradley S August 2, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Paul didn't give a fuck about times. He's a true artist who plays based on the feel, rather than the rules.

  • Reply Rynml Dz August 7, 2019 at 10:02 am

    One thing wrong with the tutorial, not played on a left hand. Jk๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚โœŒ

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  • Reply bau October 30, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Real Paul? Guitar?

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