Marty Friedman: 'Playing Technique Is Not Playing Music, Any Monkey Can Learn That'

artist: Marty Friedman date: 06/19/2014 category: music news
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Marty Friedman: 'Playing Technique Is Not Playing Music, Any Monkey Can Learn That'
Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman recently decided to debunk some of the common misconceptions regarding his style, stressing that sweep picking is the last thing anyone should associate with him.

In an exclusive August 2014 bonus feature of Guitar World magazine, Marty gave a lesson on musicality, sharing a "less is more" kind of stance when it comes to fast playing.

"For the most part, when I heard sweep picking - none of that stuff appeals to me, it sounds like 'bdloop, bdloop, bdloop,' just going up and down. It's like some kind of technique that you learn that allows you to play these long, sweeping arpeggios, which is wonderful, I guess, if that's the sound you want," Marty kicked off.

"If you listen to my music, sometimes there's some insane fast arpeggio playing, but it's never up and down, 'bdloop, bdloop, bdloop, bdloop.' But let me tell you a cool way you can avoid that lameness, but still do some interesting arpeggio playing that I would excuse and allow you to play.

"Don't do too much of it!" the guitarist pointed out. "And let's try to make it melodic out here. Not just playing a chord up and down.

"Any monkey can learn a technique and get great at it. Playing a technique is not playing music. This is very important."

Continuing to bash sweep picking, Friedman added, "Who told you that [sweep picking] was happening? Definitely your girlfriend did not tell you it was happening.

"But this is understandable," he added, "because a lot of kids, when they start playing guitar, they see something that's difficult to do and that's what they're impressed by. It's excusable.

"Playing fast is really attractive when you can't do it. But once you can do it, you realize [that] nobody cool's gonna want you to do it," the axeman concluded.

Throughout the video, Marty gave examples of some of the playing solutions for "finding your path to musical identity." Check out the clip below.

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