John Mayer shares his advice on how to write the perfect guitar solo

John Mayer
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At one point or another, every guitarist has debated what makes a “perfect” guitar solo. And earlier this year, Guitar World’s sister publication, Total Guitar, set out to answer this question once and for all. 

Using information gleaned from GW’s poll of the 50 greatest guitar solos of all time to examine common attributes, Total Guitar crunched the data (tempo, key, pitch range, melodic content, “shrediness,” etc.) and, voilà – unveiled to the world the first scientifically verified perfect guitar solo

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.