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Masters in Mechanics Interview Lineup

A preview of what's coming soon: Marty Friedman, Pat Martino, and more!

By November 16, 2015News

While we don’t like to count our chickens before they hatch, we’ve been doing a lot of work lining up new Masters in Mechanics material, and thought it would be remiss not to share what’s cooking. Here’s a peek at our upcoming interview schedule:

Speed: You’ve asked us how to get faster…so we’re interviewing Guinness record-holding world’s fastest guitarist John Taylor, as well as scientists who can shed light on the mechanics of speed.

Practice: You’ve asked us how best to practice…so we sat down with Juillard’s Dr. Noa Kageyama — the famed conservatory’s in-house expert on performance psychology and optimal practice habits.

Joscho Stephan: After many requests to explore the stunning gypsy jazz style of Joscho Stephan, we reached out to the gypsy master himself — and made our way to Germany to meet him.

Pat Martino: Pat’s highly unique and effective right hand technique is eclipsed only by his legendary command of fretboard navigation. We’ll take a closer look at both when we sit down with Pat.

Marty Friedman: Many of you have asked us about Marty’s famously unique technique…and who better to address this than the man himself? Bit of a hike to Tokyo, but well worth it. And while we were there…

Li-sa-X: If you’ve seen 10-year-old Japanese guitar phenom Li-sa-X’s astounding YouTube performances, you’re probably as impressed as we are. We’re interested in how elite ability develops at such a young age, and this is a great chance to see it up close. Marty, whose command of the Japanese language is now as fluent as his playing, is guest hosting on this one!

Martin Miller: While in Germany, we made a short hop cross-country to meet Martin Miller, whose right hand technique, including crosspicking at Morse-level speeds, is fearsome. Martin is well-versed in Cracking the Code analysis and it was great to talk technical with a player familiar with our material.

Andrew Leonard: Andrew is a classical guitar program director, and one half of the acclaimed Leonard and Smith guitar duo. He was also advisor for the original Cracking the Code research at Yale, and we can’t wait to reconnect to explore guitar pedagogy and classical technique.

As you can tell from the above, we’re always listening to your suggestions, and trying to make Masters in Mechanics a better experience. It’s a great privilege to investigate such an array of fascinating people and topics, and it’s your continued support that makes it all possible!

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  • Darrin says:

    Any plans to interview Paul Gilbert?

  • Francis says:

    How about the man himself Gutrie Govan ? I have been analysing guthrie’s playing and he seems like a two way pick slanter with the upward pickslanting as his dominant approach but man he would be a thrill to slow down and analyse.with the magnet

    • Brendan Schlagel says:

      Agreed! We’d love to interview Guthrie at some point, he’s definitely high on our list of players to reach out to. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  • Andres says:

    How about Rodrigo from Rodrigo y Gabriela? There’s some good Latin / Metal combo techniques from his style.

    • Brendan Schlagel says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, we’ll definitely consider it! You’ll probably also enjoy the Strunz & Farah interview we have coming; those guys have an awesome blend of styles. Keep an eye out for that in the next few months.

  • Adam Dempsey says:

    Any plans for a John McLaughlin lesson?

    • Brendan Schlagel says:

      We have a 9-min. chapter on McLaughlin in the Antigravity seminar! More info here: https://troygrady.com/mechanics/antigravity/

      It’s possible we’ll do something more on John down the road. But highly recommend you check out that seminar if you’re interested in his technique. It covers several other great players and is an in-depth investigation of two-way pickslanting / alternate picked scale playing.

  • Dave says:

    How about including the unique playing of Ronnie LeTekro of TNT?

  • Dave says:

    Or Richie Kotzen?

    • Brendan Schlagel says:

      Thanks for the suggestions Dave — we’ll add these guys to our list of players to consider for future interviews!

  • Adam says:

    This is old and relatively slow school… and not very shreddy… but any plans for filming Michael Schenker?

    • Brendan Schlagel says:

      Hey Adam, thanks for the suggestion. Not at the moment but we’ll add him to our list of possibilities.

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