Marty Friedman is an american guitarist best known for his time spent as Megadeths lead guitarist.
His time with the band surpasses nearly a decade and was well known in the 90’s as one of the best heavy metal guitarists of his day.
Friedman was born in Laurel, MD and picked up his first guitar at the age of 14 after attending a KISS concert.
Friedman immediately knew what he wanted to do, and although not without some formal training he is primarily self-taught.
He went on to start his own band with his friends and primarily played original songs written by the band.
His logic was sound since he said that when you play covers everyone will know if you mess up. Whereas playing original songs know one will know if you mess up since you can claim that that is how the song was written.
After Cacophony left Megadeth in 1989 Friedman joined Megadeth after being rejected the first time. He got a tip from fellow guitarist Jeff Loomis to try out for the band and after initially being rejected, after Dave Mustaine but him through “Rock School 101” he was finally accepted into the band.
Friedman went on to play shows and tour with the band from 1990 to 2000.
Together, Friedman and Megadeth went on to release 5 studio albums with the band before his depature.
His reasoning is not without a degree of disagreement from hardcore Megadeth fans, true to the original sound. Friedman felt that he was simply unable to develop his playing any further if he continued to play the same style of music that was heavily encouraged inside of the band.
Friedman said in an interview in 2007 that he wanted Megadeths sound to progress into a more aggressive sound and stray away from the pop music that had become the bands signature sound.
Due to disagreements within the Band Friedman decided to leave the band and made his announcement to do so in 1999.
He played his last show with megadeth on January 14, 2000.
Since his departure from Megadeth Friendman has released his own albums and has been on plenty of tours promoting his own original compositions. He’s released 8 full Solo Albums since his departure and has been successful doing so and touring the world.
Friedman’s Guitar style has been described as having an Eastern and Western Mixture of playing. He’s well known for his uncanny ability for improvisation and tends to use arpeggiated chords with a mixture of scales that have been customized with his own flavor of arpeggios. He favors middle eastern and other exotic scales that give a very foreign feel to his music.
He’s a well rounded guitarist that primarily focuses on Neo Classival, thrash, metal and progressive rock music.
Marty Friedman is still around today and has been doing tours with Bravely Default as well as the Budokan concert tours. He’s also recently released a new album called “inferno” which he has been touring with all across Europe to places like Norway, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands.Read More