Guitars The Hardest Songs to Play on Guitar  

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List Rules Vote up the trickiest, most challenging songs to master.

Some of the hardest songs to play on guitar are those with crazy solos, difficult chords, and perhaps quick tempos. Whatever it is, these types of advanced songs can truly test your skills on the guitar, but they can also help you improve your playing style and ultimately teach you some new tricks. So, whether you want to show your neighbors you do have what it takes to be the next Jimmy Page, or you just want to step inside the shoes of guitar great Stevie Ray Vaughan, you can try learning these difficult songs and otherwise tasty licks.

Of course, the toughest songs to learn on guitar come from some of the best and most renown guitar players in music. Songs like "Sultans of Swing" by Dire Straits or Jeff Beck's "A Day in the Life" have proven to be some of the hardest songs to play, but that's not to say you shouldn't try. Again, trying your hand at playing some of these expert guitar songs will only expand your skills, or even give you new ideas for coming up with your own riffs. Regardless, these are some of the most difficult guitar songs to learn.

If you're ready for the ultimate test on guitar, try out some of the songs below. Then, you can vote up the songs you think are hardest to play, and vote down any that were easier to pick up. Cast your votes below and feel free to add more tough songs to the list. 

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Eric Johnson

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The Dance of Eternity

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CAFO Animals as Leaders

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Eruption Van Halen

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Dire Straits

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The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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Speed Metal Symphony Cacophony

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Perpetual Burn Jason Becker

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Megadeth

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Waves Guthrie Govan

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A Day in The Life Jeff Beck

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Avenged Sevenfold

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Metallica

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Sisters Steve Vai

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Technical Difficulties Racer X

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Lenny Stevie Ray Vaughan

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King Crimson

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Dire Straits

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Passionflower Jon Gomm

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Surfing With the Alien is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Hardest Songs to Play on Guitar
tmanockler added Joe Satriani

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altitudes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Hardest Songs to Play on Guitar
altitudes

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altitudes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Hardest Songs to Play on Guitar
altitudes

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Adagio in G Minor Dominic Miller

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Manha De Carnaval Baden Powell de Aquino