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John Mayer Accepts Jason Becker’s Ice Bucket Challenge, Plays a Jason Becker Song on Guitar

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I know, I know… you’re over it with the Ice Bucket Challenge stuff already. But read on: this is worth it.

John Mayer is one of those universally reviled dudes that certain contrarians like to point out is in fact a very skilled guitar player. That could well be the case, but I’ve never been able to get past Mayer’s puke-inducing voice enough to give his alleged fretboard wizardry a shot.

Until now: anyone that takes on a Jason Becker song deserves a look, especially if it’s someone like Mayer from whom you wouldn’t expect it. Given, the song he chooses doesn’t feature sweep-picking or lightning-fast shred, but it’s a beautiful one nonetheless, and Mayer does an admirable job on a song that I can only guess he learned pretty much on the spot when Becker himself nominated Mayer for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Even better, Mayer re-nominated Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth — Becker’s other two nominees. Bop boze-de-boze-de-bop!

[via Guitar World]

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