Queen’s legendary guitarist has hopped on social media while self-isolating to teach his fans one of the most famous solos of all time.
Almost daily, Brian May as been broadcasting a “MicroConcerto” from his home due to the coronavirus and has asked fans what they’d like to hear.
It was only a matter of time before he revealed this:
“The one that probably was asked most of all was the solo that goes in the middle of that very complex tune written by Freddie [Mercury] called Bohemian Rhapsody,” he said on Instagram before he launched into a fricken masterclass on how to play it.
Brian May teaching you how to play Bohemian Rhapsody, complete with amp effects.
At his house.
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This spontaneously turned into a ‘Star Licks’ type tutorial … as an experiment, really. I don’t think I’ll Ever try to do it this way again, though – because it was ridiculously time-consuming trying to put it all up on IG ‘Stories’. Here’s a very rough potted version for posterity. Tell me how useful (or not!) it was. OK ? Bri
After he played the track, he said: “I hope that’s a little bit clearer. If you want to talk about it, send me some notes if you can, but I hope that’s helpful.
Also, towards the end of the almost 9-minute lesson, we learn that May doesn’t use a pick when playing the axe – he uses a sixpence (something he used in the original recording) or just his fingernail, which he says gives him “more control” over the sound.
“That’s dealt with that then,” he adds.
“Hope you have a good night and wake up feeling very hopeful.”