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Hear Dave Grohl's New 23-Minute Instrumental, "Play"

Dave Grohl has premiered "Play," a new 23-minute solo piece in which Grohl plays seven different instruments.

"Play" features prominently in a mini-documentary of the same name. Directed by Grohl, with help from his Sonic Highways collaborator Mark Monroe, the film celebrates the rewards and challenges of dedicating ones life to playing and mastering a musical instrument. You can watch the film, and hear the accompanying song, above.

“Watching my kids start to play music and learn to sing or play drums, it brings me back to the time when I was their age listening to albums, learning from listening… and when I take my kids to the place where they take their lessons, I see these rooms full of children that are really pushing themselves to figure this out," Grohl said of the song. 

"And even now, as a 49-year-old man, I’m still trying to figure it out… it’s not something that you ever truly master. You’re always chasing the next challenge, and you’re always trying to find a way to improve on what you’ve learned.”

"Play" will also be available on limited-edition vinyl on September 28. You can preorder that right here.

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Jackson Maxwell
Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.