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How Music Got into Charlie


Charlie Springmuhl playing a guitar solo in Guatemala City. Photo: Comvite
Charlie Springmuhl playing a guitar solo in Guatemala City. Photo: Comvite

The guitar solo is a characteristic part of rock music. In the traditional verse-chorus form, it normally appears between the second chorus and the third verse, and it often serves as an opportunity for the guitarist to display his virtuosity. For anyone who’s ever sat down to spend a few hours learning their favourite song on the guitar, paying close attention to the positioning of their fingers and clumsily picking and strumming their way through the melody, watching Charlie Springmuhl burst into a guitar-solo during a live performance is a humbling experience. He flawlessly strings every note together while free-falling to the ground in mid-song ecstasy. All with a big-ass smile on his face.

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