Marty Friedman (guitarist)
Marty Friedman was the lead guitarist for the thrash metal band Megadeth for a period of almost twelve years (1988 to 2000). It was during this period that Megadeth's musical style became less aggro, and more melodic, which Friedman claims to be due, at least partly, to his creative influence. He has done solo work alongside Japanese maestro Kitaro, as well as recordings with Jason Becker (under the name Cacophony), a classical "shredder".
Friedman's style is very unique, and easily recongisable to those familiar with it. Often expressing disdain for traditional scales, Marty prefers to arppegiate the chords he's playing over. Additionally, his bends sound quite distinctive, as he commonly starts them from out-of-scale notes, and his vibrato is often considered one of the best in the business.