Eric Johnson’s Cliffs of Dover has to be considered in any discussion of all-time virtuoso guitar pieces. It’s not quite as aggressive as your typical shred tune, nor is it in a minor key. And yet, thanks to Johnson’s incredible technique, flawless tone, and seemingly effortless musicality, it just soars. Here he is at the 2009 NAMM show. Sound quality is not the greatest, especially once the drums kick in, but the six-minute intro is a great compendium of melodic phrases that you should steal and make your own, like right now.
And I couldn’t pass up this terrific rendition by a band at the Kingwood High School talent show in 2008. These guys captured it perfectly.