Marty Friedman

Exotic Metal

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Guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman, who became known in guitar circles as a member of Cacophony (and who later joined Megadeth), gives valuable insights into his singular soloing style in this instructional video. Focusing on more exotic flavors, Friedman addresses topics like odd time signatures, Japanese and diminished scales, and incorporating "outside" notes. Using a clean, unadorned guitar tone throughout the video, Friedman's performances demonstrate his unorthodox and highly stylized approach effectively, although his ability to engage viewers as an instructor is a bit limited. Filled with unusual ideas, this video is particularly useful for guitarists who are looking to break out of well-worn routines -- but it's mainly for very advanced players.