“People forget that great rhythm guitar will help make your solo sound better”: YouTube guitar guru Marty Schwartz on the biggest mistakes aspiring guitarists make – and how to fix them

Epiphone Marty Schwartz ES-335
(Image credit: Epiphone)

Even if you don’t quite recognise the name Marty Schwartz, you’ll probably have ended up stumbling across his hugely popular Marty Music YouTube videos – viewed in their millions and helping players learn classics riffs, solos and techniques. 

The fedora-loving educator’s influence is so vast, Epiphone just announced they would be awarding him with his own ES-335 signature guitar. We figured he’d be a great person to tap up for his advice for aspiring guitar players…

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).