Frank Zappa Was Not Your Average Guitar Hero

Most people know Frank Zappa for his sardonic songs and genre-busting compositions. But what many don't fully appreciate is his guitar mastery.

FZ wasn't your typical guitar hero. Rather than burning through the typical pentatonic scales, Zappa's solos featured the best kind of improvisation: they told stories and were often surprising.

Call him the anti-guitar hero.

Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar is the Zappa record that best showcases his fleet-fingered fretboard finesse. It's an all-instrumental 3-disc set that captures all the wild variety of his playing.

What you might not know is that the solos on Shut Up 'n Play were often taken from live recordings on other songs, and then set to new music. Cool, right? 

If you haven't heard this record, click on this link to check it out!

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