Marty Friedman on why streaming listeners are skipping guitar solos: “Solos often have an obligatory existence – they must be there for a deeper reason”

Marty Friedman
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Marty Friedman has shared a think piece on new streaming stats indicating users are beginning to skip guitar solos when listening to songs, suggesting why he thinks the electric guitar might be resonating less with mainstream audiences.

Responding after the term ‘guitar solo’ began trending in Japan – where he currently resides – the former Megadeth guitarist says the data “makes sense and it wouldn't surprise me if it were true”.

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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.