Short interview from the guys at live4guitar, posted by Marty himself on his Facebook page earlier today. Don’t expect the kind of full insightful answers to questions you get with the likes of Steve Vai, Marty Friedman is a short-spoken kind of guy but still, an intersting read, here’s an excerpt:
You have released several instrumental albums that they are all so different from each other. How do you find your self musically in these days (Approach/style/influences)?
As always, searching for deeper and more interesting ways to interpret melodies that I like, without repeating myself. That’s it, making it still sound like me without repeating myself. Influences can be non musical as well as musical, but musically I like a lot of current Japanese music.
Marty Friedman, who recently joined Facebook (yay!), may be best know in the West as a former member of Big-4 member Megadeth but in Japan he is much more famous than that. He had his own TV Show for a while and regularly appears as a guest on Japanese television and has frequent columns in Japanese guitar magazine Young Guitar.
So it’s understandable that the recent tragedy in Japan would be close to his heart. And so he recently announced the following:
I am going to LA right NOW to the climate controlled lockup where all the guitars have been in their cases since January 2000. All guitars I used on all the Megadeth recordings, tours, videos, everything WILL be auctioned off. When I get to the lockup I will do my best to sort out which was used for what ( I suck at that…I`m sure many of you guys know better than I do) and notate as many details as possible.
Pictures, descriptions and how to bid will all be up on my US website as well as my Japanese website within 2-3 days. I have NEVER sold ANY of my guitars before, this is the only way these guitars will leave my possession. I urge you to please spread the word and most of all BID HIGH. You will be putting a huge deposit in the `karma bank` as and have some pretty cool guitars to show for it. DO IT!
Now that the guitars have been inventoried, we are putting together the auction itself. This will take a few days to put up, as we are going to every length to do this properly with emphasis on authenticity, efficiency and most of all, making sure that 100% of the proceeds go directly to earthquake relief. So in the meantime, I`ll put up a pic or two a day of some of the guitars that will be auctioned
There will be more details on his official website within the next few days so if you fancy grabbing yourself a piece of heavy metal history, now is your chance and you will contribute to helping out thousands of people who have been affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Me? Well unfortunately there’s no way I can afford a new guitar, even from one of my top idols like Marty but I’m sure many people will find much to their liking, so please bid as much as you can, remember it’s for a good cause!!
I wasn’t sure I’d get much chance to pick up the guitar today but as it turned out, not only was I able to get my daily routine done (legato, far easier than sweeps), I was also spoilt for choice working on some songs.
I was kindly sent a good batch of Guitar Pro files having recently acquired it to better my learning of songs. There’s more to pick from than I’ll ever need (in fact some of them will probably have to be weeded out, not being too keen on some of the French stuff) but I took the chance to hunt down the file for The Mighty Turtle Head and spent some time going over it with my tab sheet and make small corrections. Luckily it was overall pretty well transcribed, and now it’s mostly a matter of working out the best audio settings for each instrument. Since the original was for Guitar Pro 3, there’s room for improvement sound-wise. If anyone has sources for Guitar Pro 6 sound banks, repositories, libraries or any way to make instruments sound more like people like Satch that would be helpful.
But that wasn’t the only song I checked of course, one I pulled out again, that I think I already had, though possibly in PowerTab format was Iron Maiden’s Afraid To Shoot Strangers* which is quite possibly my favourite tune of theirs, and thus has been on my mind to learn for some time. I did give it a go some time ago but never really followed through much, this could be my chance to really increase the amount of songs I know reasonably quickly. You know, sneak in an AC/DC here, a Motorhead there and before you know it, I’ll know more than the handful of Metallica and Megadeth riffs I could vaguely pull out not even 3 years ago. Having said that, I’m also intending to figure out if I can learn one or two of the easier Marty Friedman songs, though maybe I should hunt a good transcription first, the version of Jewel I just heard almost made my ears pop…
* I know, seeing what day it is, Hallowed Be Thy Name might have been more appropriate, what can I say? I don’t do greeting cards holidays 😛