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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

REQUIRED LISTEN: The best guitar solo you've heard all year.

   I have kind of a love-hate relationship with guitar solos. When done properly, they can be amazing. There was a J. Cole (yes, the rapper) concert I went to last year with Colan (the other MM editor), and we still talk about a guitar solo from that night. This nerdy little white guy played probably the best guitar solo I've ever seen in person. The entire crowd, that had showed up specifically for a rap concert, was left speechless by an electric guitar solo. It's these types of moments that make me love guitar solos. Still, they've been romanticized a bit, and they can lose their effect sometimes.
   The following is not an example of that. It is a solo song from John Frusciante (the lead guitar player for Red Hot Chili Peppers), written for a friend of his who had recently died, and who happened to love melodic guitar solos. It flows along smoothly, each note played with so much emotion that you wouldn't believe that it wasn't written for a dead friend. Honestly, this is the most I've enjoyed a piece of instrumental music in a very long time. Flawless. Listen after the jump.

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