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Alter Bridge's Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy Choose Their Favorite Solos

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In our last issue we asked some of the world's top guitar players to choose their favorite solos. With one catch: They had to refrain from the obvious. No Hendrix. No Clapton. No Gilmour, et cetera. 

Here’s what Alter Bridge's electric guitar heroes Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti had to say…

THIRD WIND

Pat Metheny Group, Still Life (Talking)
GUITARIST: PAT METHENY 

Myles Kennedy: “This is the track I would listen to every night before playing a gig to get inspired. The guitar break at 1:35 still blows my mind every time I hear it.”

OVER THE RAINBOW

Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion
GUITARIST: JEFF BECK

Mark Tremonti: “It’s more of an instrumental than a solo, but it’s solo guitar, so it counts in my book. It’s probably one of the most beautiful pieces of music played on the guitar I’ve heard.”

JUST WHAT I NEEDED

The Cars, The Cars
GUITARIST: ELLIOT EASTON 

MK: “What I love about Elliot’s playing is that he always plays for the song. Just perfect sonic ear candy that sticks in your head, with brilliant hooks and melodies.”

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

Steve Vai, Passion and Warfare
GUITARIST: STEVE VAI

MK: “Steve recorded this in an altered mental state during a fasting period. Perhaps that explains how this track has the ability to pull you into another realm. It’s truly transcendent.”

MIDNIGHT IN HARLEM

Tedeschi Trucks Band, Revelator
GUITARIST: DEREK TRUCKS 

MT: “It’s emotive, heartfelt, pure, classy — just the perfect solo. It makes me wish I could play like him.”

(EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU

Bryan Adams, Waking Up the Neighbours
GUITARIST: KEITH SCOTT 

MK: “This solo hits me right in the heart. He leaves so much space, almost akin to a Miles Davis solo. A beautifully haunting sequence of notes.”

LENNY

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood
GUITARIST: STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN

MT: “Lenny is such a heartfelt and emotive piece and one of my all-time favorite guitar songs. It should be required study for any player.”

LITTLE WING

Sting, ...Nothing Like the Sun
GUITARIST: HIRAM BULLOCK 

MK: “After hearing this when I was 17, this solo would provide the blueprint for how I would approach my own playing in the future. A master class on how to hit the changes as well as phrasing and feel. Grateful I had the opportunity to meet him at NAMM before he passed away so I could thank him for the inspiration.”