Marty Friedman explains why “playing slow is a thousand times more difficult than playing fast”

Marty Friedman
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As former Megadeth lead guitarist and a wondrously technical solo artist, Marty Friedman has established himself as one of the world's leading guitar virtuosos. But as it turns out, he isn't too keen on being labeled a “shredder”.

In a new interview with Kylie Olsson on her Life In Six Strings YouTube show, Friedman explains why he doesn't like being lumped into the category.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.