The interviewer Lee, was a fantastic bloke and got me talking about an extreme range of topics in great detail. Enjoy at your own peril. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KLfKvVqVgM
Here`s a new band from Osaka called "dps". They have a ton of potential and I really enjoyed working with them on this new song, which I co-wrote, arranged and played guitar on. They also toured with me in Asia last year which means these guys can seriously play... Enjoy their brand new video! 大阪のdpsの新曲は僕と楽しいコラボです〜出来立てほやほやビデオを是非チェックしてみて下さい！https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLy8wv9aMzs
https://twitter.com/sean_lasti/status/1119222874215051265 This is right in my neighborhood in the Nishi-Shinjuku area of Tokyo! ご近所のビジョンに出るのが嬉しいです
All right friends, here is a new EMG TV video for you. The folks at EMG really got it right. It`s a new thing for me to hear this much pitch in each note while still having enough gain to do ear damage. These pickups were a godsend while recording my Wall of Sound album, because I was playing many melodies in a heavy context, and I needed all the "human" nuances to rise above the din of heaviness and be heard. Those of you who have these in your guitar, definitely post a video here or in the fan group, which is awaiting your presence!
Was talking to a friend about how since I was the smallest, scrawniest kid in grade school I would always be last to be chosen for any sports teams, and he said, "They would never choose that way now. It`s cruel and it`s not fair." I was kind of surprised by that comment. Back then the team captain for each team took turns choosing who he wanted , so obviously the good guys got picked first, and towards the end, guys like me and other misfits had to watch as the talent pool got weaker and weaker until we were eventually reluctantly and mercifully chosen. At the time I hated it, but I never thought it was the "wrong" way, and it certainly made me try to really work as hard as I could to at least NOT SUCK AS BAD AS I LOOKED LIKE I WAS GONNA SUCK. It took all of my energy (especially in football) to compete with the big jocks, but I REALLY did not want to be picked last. So after tons of effort and sweat, instead of being last, eventually I was probably 26th or 27th out of 30 to be chosen. The point I`m making is, even though it sucked (bad) going through that, I think the system is completely fair and should not be changed. I think the system made me focus my energy and improve-if only slightly-at something,. Had I been put on the team because it was "fair", I would have thought I deserved to be there, when in fact I hadn`t worked to deserve anything yet. It is actually a pretty good lesson for life, as in the real world people should (and usually do) get chosen by how well they do the job at hand-not because "everyone should have a chance". What do you all think?
On my Europe trip I was often asked what my favorite solo (of mine) is. I can never give a good answer, because anytime I`ve released anything, it means it was the best I could do, and I like it even more than whatever I had done previously. That said, a solo from a kinda rare song always pops up in my head when I get asked this question. There is so much that happened on this that I liked, that I think it`s worth a listen to those who are interested in my playing. https://soundcloud.com/user894101569/i-for-you-orig-solo
WIN MY SIG MODEL GUITAR WITH MY SIG PICKUPS from EMG!!! Video HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty_L3EmcMBY ENTER HERE: http://www.emgpickups.com/mfgiveaway The Marty Friedman pickups are passive, "human" sounding pickups that respond to the unique nuances of each player`s individual touch. Hear exactly what makes you sound like YOU!
https://twitter.com/kiyoshi_1031/status/1113622208952201216 Kiyoshi is a star in her own right, but THIS VIDEO sums up exactly why she is in my band. This the live performance that is on the ONE BAD M.F. Live! album--not one single note was fixed, changed or overdubbed. Heard this album yet?? https://www.amazon.com/One-M-F-Live-Marty-Friedman/dp/B07G1XX2R2
I’m in Norway to play the Larvik Guitar Festival, and I always love to try candies and junk food from foreign countries when I get to a unique place like Norway. This “salt skum” sounds absolutely disgusting, and it is , but every time I come to Scandinavia, I find myself liking it more and more.... It’s like a bitter black licorice with three days worth of sodium injected in it. Can’t wait to try that hockey puck looking thing.
Thanks to all the wonderful people who attended the European master class tour I just finished! Every event was completely full, with friendly people with lots of curiosity and great questions. But often it was the people outside of the guitar clinics, like this sweet lady here in Orvieto Italy, who made the tour such a joy. I will definitely be back with my band next time!! Until then, enjoy the One Bad MF LIVE album!!
I love Europe— the people, food, traditions, architecture, music and many other things. But can someone please tell me what on earth is up with only half a shower door?!?! Aren’t maids tired of cleaning up the unavoidable floods every day? Do people like freezing cold air coming in while they shower? Can someone explain any merit to this mystery?
The great fish/cheese debate continues! So today I ordered pasta w/seafood and Parmesan cheese again and when the waiter told me you can’t mix fish and cheese, I asked him, what about pizza frutti de mare, which has fish and cheese together—-he gave me a good (and long) explanation that it was ok with mozzarella, but not Parmesan because mozzarella is fresh and Parmesan isn’t. So he came up with the solution of putting mozzarella on the seafood pasta, and peace was restored! I didn’t want to push my luck and ask for Sriracha (which makes just about anything one level better, in my opinion) as I was already on thin ice....
In Italy, they really don’t like when you ask for Parmesan cheese to put on any fish related dish. But I gotta have it on any pasta! So I always prepare for the waiter’s anger when I shamelessly request it. It doesn’t even matter if the guy said he was my #1 fan just minutes before, they all get genuinely pissed! Thanks for putting up with me...give it a try sometime, it’s always good!! What do you guys think?!
No it’s not my Jackson sig, it’s a 58 Strat! I never had much interest in rare guitars, but I fell in love with this gem in Verona and my good friend Franco was kind enough to let me play it in my masterclass. I hope a video surfaces sometime... I very gently abused this guitar before I went back and properly abused my MF-1.
Hey friends! So many of you have asked detailed questions about my guitars, amps and other gear. The answers are all HERE by my tech Alan who really knows his stuff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxov14NrKEk