One of the world’s leading guitarists is wanting to do away with guitar solos. But calm down, the American Marty Friedman he has a specific type of soil that he would like to see “a slow and painful death”.
In an interview with the magazine Guitar Worldthe ex-Megadeth said that it is necessary to have a more experimental look at the guitar, and not only highlight it during short solos, whether in Metal or Pop music.
After spending ten years in the band Dave Mustaine and working in other groups, Friedman has already released 17 solo albums. Most of them are instrumental, with the guitarist exploring more complex constructions.
According to him, anyone who is learning to play the guitar cannot only worry about the technique to play “difficult things”, but also about the emotion conveyed in a melody:
Normally, the guitarist only appears in the eight bars he has to solo, does a bunch of stupid licks, adds something fancy to impress and then leaves. It killed guitar solos in mainstream American music. And I hope traditional guitar solos die a slow and painful death indeed. Guitar solos need to be inventive, they need something to keep the listener engaged, especially those who aren’t studying guitar.
When you’re learning to play, you’re amazed at anything you don’t know how to do, aren’t you? If you’re young and passionate about guitar, it’s exciting. But for everyone else, it means nothing!
But things look promising now, because we have a lot of artists releasing great work and looking at the instrument in an interesting way.
Marty Friedman’s most recent album is Tokyo Jukebox 3in 2021, and this year he will return to the stage for a tour of the United States in March and April.
Last year, the guitarist reunited with Megadeth for a one-off show in Tokyo, where he lives. The performance marked his first appearance with the band after 23 years, and you can find out everything about that night in this article.