The build up to the guitar solo in this track always gives us chills! The fact that for the whole track there isn't a single guitar part, then suddenly Brian May cranks up the volume and hits that first screaming bend... It's awesome! Ollie will take you through every note and talk about the scales and shapes being used.
Let's start by taking a look at the actual key and scales Brian May is using for the solo. We are using just one shape for every single lick - The F major shape 1 (as well as the F major pentatonic scale). Here is the shape:
The first of the licks (when Freddie is singing again) is based on the 3rd pentatonic shape in F major. You just loop the lower notes of the scale shape basically. The second lick is identical to the first, just played up an octave. We, therefore, use the G and the B string in shape 4 of the F major pentatonic. For the 3rd lick we just grab the D note and perform the vibrato. For the final lick, we're back in shape 4 up the octave. Here are the shapes:
You've now completed and taken a huge step forwards in your guitar playing journey. Feel free to bask in glory for a while, or go ahead and try another course if you're hungry for more.