Five Elvis Presley Hits Every Guitarist Should Know

Posted by Michael Mueller on August 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM

It was 35 years ago today (8/16) that Elvis Presley passed away. I was only 8 years old, but I remember seeing a plane that day skywriting "Elvis" and asking my mom who that was. Though I'd like to believe she simply answered, "The King," I'm pretty sure that wasn't the case.

Elvis Presley guitar tab, video lessons, and jam tracks

Arguably the most important rock 'n' roll artist of all time for both his artistic and cultural contributions, Elvis also had the distinction of playing with some of the greatest guitarists of his time: Scotty Moore, Hank Garland, and James Burton. In recognition of their contributions, here are five essential Elvis songs that every guitarist should know.

Blue Suede Shoes
Scotty Moore plies those all-important rockabilly guitar double-stop licks!

Jailhouse Rock
Short solo, but, oh man .. that riff!

Mystery Train 
The I–IV chord riff is a building block of country-influenced rock 'n' roll.

Little Sister
Hank Garland recorded the timeless E minor pentatonic riff for this tune, but this later version (with the interjection of the Beatles' "Get Back" in the middle) features James Burton and his pink paisley Tele.

Hound Dog
One of Scotty Moore's great solos


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