Lynyrd Skynyrd – Call Me The Breeze piano solo – updated with sheet music

The Lynyrd Skynyrd version of J. J. Cale’s Call Me The Breeze has a killer piano solo. It starts out cool and kind of chilled for the first twelve bars and then boom, what follows are twelve of the fastest, funkiest, most foot-stomping piano playing in all of rock and roll. I’m pretty sure it was played by roadie-turned-keyboardist Billy Powell (who died January ’09, RIP). Here please enjoy Billy playing the solo mostly in the left channel, with me doubling it, mostly in the right.

(Updated 3/21/2010 – here’s a PDF of sheet music for the solo based on my transcription.)

Like Skynyrd? You might also be interested in the piano solo from Sweet Home Alabama and the guitar solo from Free Bird.

(Purchase the original on Amazon, iTunes.)

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~ by killersolos on January 10, 2010.

12 Responses to “Lynyrd Skynyrd – Call Me The Breeze piano solo – updated with sheet music”

  1. So where can I find the sheet music for this solo? Ive looked everywhere. Only could find videos. Need the sheets!

    • I will create the sheet music and post it by the weekend.

      • So how can i see the sheet music transcript to the Call Me The Breeze and Do You Feel Like We Do piano solos? I see the blogs here but I cant seem to access the sheets from this website. Thanks-

  2. That would be AWESOME!! Many many thanks!

  3. Here you go, John. I’ve updated the post with the sheet music. There is a small problem at measure 11 but I didn’t want to wait any longer to post it.

    Please let me know if there is another solo on the site you’d particularly like the score for.

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  5. So cool! Thanks so much.

  6. I’ll immediately clutch your rss as I can not in finding your e-mail subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly let me understand so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  7. I wanted to say thank you a million times over for having transcribed what I consider to be the quintessential rock keyboard/piano solo ever. I heard the live version on NYE in 1979 and was so blown away that I vowed to resume playing/lessons as my resolution (i was 14). Now, 33 years later, I’ve been playing out for aver 20 years—never did learn that solo—-my buddy’s are having a big 50 BDay bash coming up and one of the groups to play there wanted to do the tune—-so, I decided it is finally time to tackle that sucker. I have to say, if I’da had to figure it out by ear, I’d be spending a LOT of time—your transcription, though not exactly perfect, is pretty darn close ( I figured out the spot at measure 11).

    Anyhoo, THANK YOU for doing this one—-freakin awesome.

    • Thanks, Mike. I appreciate the kind words. I think the MIDI file is closer than the transcription… I let Logic make a lot of the decisions when I was preparing the transcription. I think there are some five-note-per-beat (quintuplets?) and things like that that would have come out better if I’d worked/experimented more with the scoring library.

  8. Great to find somewhere to research piano solos. Sheet music publications or books rarely produce the piano solo while giving all guitar parts.

  9. Wow, fantastic work, and very generous of you to post! Thanks! Here’s a great video. Interesting two-hand action, although that right hand is all alone for those rapid-fire bounces. Hopefully between your PDF and the video I’ll be able to figure this out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaTZkIInYNw

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