Marty Friedman was asked by Guitar World whether he learned how to play the guitar by taking lessons or being self-taught, to which he replied:
"Both. I had a very good teacher named Tim Brooks for a while, but what he was showing me was way over my head and in the wrong direction.
"It was a lot of hippie stuff, which I never cared for.
"I wanted to play aggressive high-energy guitar and not meandering Grateful Dead stuff. Luckily punk rock was easy to learn and gave me a very solid background in simple melodies and satisfaction of achievement real quick.
"I was no smarter or more talented than anyone else, but I was smart that I set the difficulty bar very low at the beginning.
"What do you have to prove? Make it easy and fun. I am very thankful that I started in that way."
"Even as a teen, I knew that for better or worse I was gonna always sound like myself. Even while I am constantly evolving, somehow it still sounds like me. I am thankful for that.
"That said, I don’t agree with a lot of my previous work. Some of it is really good, but as my playing evolves, I find that I am getting closer and closer to my potential, and on some of my older stuff I think I was doing many things that I would not do now.
"I put a lot more care into every hing, as you can definitely hear on Inferno and Wall of Sound. It still sounds like the same guy as I was before, but a much, much deeper and richer version.
"Notice I didn’t say 'better' - that is for you to decide. If you lost your virginity to one of my songs, there is nothing I could play now that is gonna top that for you."
Marty released his latest studio album "Wall of Sound" three days ago (August 4) via Prosthetic Record as the follow-up to 2014's "Inferno." You can stream it in full below.
'Wall of Sound' track listing:1. Self Pollution
2. Sorrow and Madness (featuring Jinxx of Black Veil Brides)
5. For a Friend
6. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven)
7. The Blackest Rose
8. Something to Fight (featuring Jorgen Munkeby of Shining)
9. The Soldier
11. Last Lament