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Jimmy Page’s Best Guitar Solos [VIDEO]

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How does one begin to pay homage to a living legend like Jimmy Page?  Rolling Stone Magazine calls him “The Pontiff of Power Riffing”, Gibson ranks him at #2 in the list of “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time” and he was ranked 3rd in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” (and that was just this past year, no less). 

I could go on here and present a list of accolade after accolade, but I really don’t need to, do I?  Jimmy’s body of work truly speaks for itself (besides founding Zeppelin, he is or has been a songwriter, record producer, session guitarist and member of the Yardbirds, The Firm, and Page & Plant, and he’s been at his art since before many of us were even born, having kicked off his career in 1957).

Born January 9, 1944, in Middlesex, England, Jimmy Page was largely self-taught on guitar.  In an interview on NPR in 2003, he claimed that when he grew up there weren’t many guitarists around, just one other guitarist in his school who showed him his first chords. “I was bored so I taught myself the guitar from listening to records. So obviously it was a very personal thing”.

Msnbc.com describes Jimmy as having “played some of the most fundamental and memorable guitar in rock history–from the heaviest crunch to the most delicate acoustic finger picking.”

It’s been said that his blistering, blues-based style set the standard for heavy metal rock.

He’s the Axe-Master General and Riff-Monster who plays with that exquisite mix of full-on driving power, low-down, bluesy wail, and mesmerizing other-worldly whine (think violin bow), with sweet acoustic meaderings thrown in the mix in music he describes as having lots of  “light and shade”, the true genius of Led Zeppelin.

The following is a list of the Top 10 Jimmy Page Solos according to digitaldreamdoor.com.  I couldn’t possibly narrow it down myself, but they did.  Let me know what you think of this list and what your own personal list would be–feel free to comment below after checking out the list here:

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