SENSE FROM MARTY
Just wanted to say I really loved Marty Friedman's take on many of the ‘What Strings Do You Use?’ questions (June 2014). His answers highlight the fact that, in the end, the equipment is secondary to being a musician, and loving music. We all probably know of people who have stacks of equipment and spend most of their practice time adjusting, tweaking and resetting levels, to the detriment of their actual playing. Also, Marty's answer to the 'Is there anyone's playing (past or present) that you're slightly jealous of?' question is also an indication of his true commitment to music. I know that question is probably meant to be tongue in cheek but, as Marty says, anyone who is jealous of another person is seriously missing the point! Yuri Unkovich, Dublin
Marty certainly told it like he saw it, didn’t he? Yes, many of the questions are slightly tongue in cheek, in order to elicit some kind of response. And we are always delighted when a great player engages with them – some take them very seriously, others like to have a bit of a joke while others have been known to shrug them off and not give them the time of day. We like to print exactly what they say, as we feel these funny little Q&As offer perhaps a better insight into a player than the standard interview. It was also quite funny in the same issue how Guthrie Govan admitted he’d evaded most of them!