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    Default Marty Friedman's picking style

    What advantages are there to this awkward picking style?

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    Default Re: Marty Friedman's picking style

    Quote Originally Posted by taphappy View Post
    What advantages are there to this awkward picking style?
    Nothing.He is the only one who does it!And therefor ,he is an awfull rythm player.Mushy ,undefined ,sloppy....

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    it is odd, isn't it? it looks like it hurts. I would think he'd get muscle fatigue faster by bending his wrist so much.

    I guess the advantage is, he has a pretty distinct lead sound. I don't think I could get very close if I tried. I don't think it gives him more speed, but who knows.

    I think his magic might be more in his interpretation of scale theory, but he's got some crazy technique too.

    But yeah, I'm not too impressed with his rhythms usually. I bet him and Mustaine went round and round when Marty was learning the riffs. Probably didn't play them as tight as Dave would have liked. But I never read that - anyone have any knowledge of that type of thing?

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    What's wrong with his picking style? He holds the pick with his thumb and forefinger and bends his wrist to pick a lot . . . which is what I thought lots of people do. Sometimes he's got a weird angle that his wrist is at . . . is that what you're talking about?
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    Default Re: Marty Friedman's picking style

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=uAQwDzuhEqU
    Thats what I mean. I cant even get my wrist to bend like that.

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    i could never fathom how he can pick like that. i know i'd break my wrist if i tried

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    Default Re: Marty Friedman's picking style

    Quote Originally Posted by taphappy View Post
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=uAQwDzuhEqU
    Thats what I mean. I cant even get my wrist to bend like that.
    he played a little run just picking upwards, i gotta try that.

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    Default Re: Marty Friedman's picking style

    If that's how he started playing, that's probably why he does it, because it's what's comfortable to him. He probably can't fathom how all of us can play the way we do.

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    that's from melodic control i think.. the whole video is up at video.google or what's it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davey View Post
    that's from melodic control i think.. the whole video is up at video.google or what's it
    Indeed. I own that video, and when I saw it on Google Video, that annoyed me. At least I got the tabs, though

    I don't find it hard to pick like Marty, in terms of bending my wrist, although it would take a little practice to get it right up to snuff. What I don't get is how in the world you're supposed to keep the lower strings from ringing out by doing that. I hit the high e, and if I don't have my palm slightly touching the lower strings, they start making an awful mess of noise under high gain.

    Listen to some of Marty's stuff outside the studio and you can actually hear the noise in places.

    Marty says he picks that way because he likes the sound of completely unobstructed, unmuted strings ringing out. Also, the position can be beneficial for a lot of upstrokes, which he tends to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiderVenom View Post
    Indeed. I own that video, and when I saw it on Google Video, that annoyed me. At least I got the tabs, though
    tell me about it ... it's good to see what he's talking about and apply that to your playing, but the no tabs part pisses me off lol.... it's the same with every instructional video.. save for gilberts intense rock I, where the tabs get flashed in

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    Default Re: Marty Friedman's picking style

    He has the strangest looking picking style I've ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOLLY View Post
    He has the strangest looking picking style I've ever seen.
    When I first got Melodic Control, and put it on to play, my mother walked through the room, glanced the TV, and said "look at his hand - he picks really strangely".

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    He gets his signature pick attack sound that way. Sometimes I find myself using that same wrist position when playing Hangar 18 or other Deth songs, and it does sound closer to him, though it's a pain to control ringing strings!

    And yeah, daemon BBQ mentioned something very true: Marty, flat out, sucks as a rhythm player because of his picking technique. I guess Mustaine tolerated it only because Marty's leads are so good!
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    Yeah it is a weird picking style. As SpiderVenom said, he explains it in his video why he picks like that.
    Anyway still pretty amazing that he can pull of those licks (eg. Hangar18, Tornado, etc) at that kinda speeds with that style of picking.

    Plus the way his left hand works with bends and vibratos and the scale theory, creates that very unique sound.

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    Slightly offtopic, but it's interesting to note, looking back at a lot of his old stuff, he employed his pinky a lot more than he seems to do nowadays.
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    Not to mention he uses much more pentatonic and much less exotic scales now... yet it still sounds like him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChileanGuy View Post
    Not to mention he uses much more pentatonic and much less exotic scales now... yet it still sounds like him.
    Guess that goes hand in hand with the three-finger blues fingering approach.

    But you're right... quite different scale approach, but it really proves that it wasn't the exotic scales that defined him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I_M_Ken View Post
    Yeah it is a weird picking style. As SpiderVenom said, he explains it in his video why he picks like that.
    Anyway still pretty amazing that he can pull of those licks (eg. Hangar18, Tornado, etc) at that kinda speeds with that style of picking.

    Plus the way his left hand works with bends and vibratos and the scale theory, creates that very unique sound.

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    We should create the "Marty Friedman > You" club. I saw that in another forum and I laughed my ass off...
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