CDZA’s Journey of Guitar Solo

Screen shot 2013-09-21 at 7.47.35 PMCDZA or Collective Candenza is Joe Sabia, Michael Thurber and Matt McCorkle, a group located in New York that creates musical video experiments. Their most recent offering is Journey of Guitar Solo (THE INSTRUMENTALS – Episode 1), which is currently trending in social media since it was featured on Huffington Post.  The video takes viewers through a brief history of guitar solos in popular music. (full video below)

Many of the comments and much of the discussion revolves around what bands or guitarists the group left out or neglected to mention in their medley. One can definitely argue that David Gilmour deserves a mention. And Slash’s “Sweet Child of Mine “ is labeled the  “Highest Level of Epicness.” What the what? A great solo, but I can think of a dozen solos that are considerably more “epic.”

What I really appreciate is their call to action at the end of the video. Fact Man steps to the center of the frame wearing a sign that reads “Learn an Instrument Because It’s FUN!” I couldn’t agree more.

As a music instructor of guitar, composition and music theory, I have seen a definite decline in the number of young people who are interested in learning an instrument, particularly guitar, an instrument which is definitely fun to play, but requires dedication, focus, and determination, three traits not encouraged in today’s instant gratification, ultra-connected, cyber world.

Learning an instrument is a Zen experience, which requires complete concentration, focus and imagination. Some of the best times of my life involved making music with my friends and being proud of what we did. I hope we are not losing an entire generation of young musicians and guitarists to the ultra slick iPhone experience. It’s fun to bicker about what guitarists and bands were left out of a medley which attempts to do the impossible, encapsulate fifty plus years of music into a single six-minute video experience. I say kudos to CDZA  for encouraging its audience to “Learn an Instrument Because It’s Fun!”

5 thoughts on “CDZA’s Journey of Guitar Solo

  1. great entertainment. great memories,,, much fun. But,,, yeah there’s usually a but when you get a compliment. The compliment is sincere. I ‘d love to know who you’d choose is you were to include one mor sololick. my guy
    AYJWSELO — first and last name are included

  2. David Gilmore’s solo in Comfortably Numb jumps to mind, but the 70’s were well represented in the video. I might be tempted to include the Scorpions Rock You Like A Hurricane which would round out the 80’s nicely.

    • I like it (gilmore).. For the 90’s, the Edge kinda gave us something new. Duane Allman or my stupid mixed letters scrabble crap was Joe Walsh as the slide sound need be represented.

  3. Yeah.. The Edge is a good one, a unique sound for sure. Can’t bet Duane Allman and Joe Walsh, Life’s Been Good to Me So Far….

  4. Really music is a good entertainment and have very fun.

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