LIT Talent Awards Winner

2022

Vivir Libre (feat. Marty Friedman)

Entrant Company

Russ Hewitt

Category

LIT Instrumentalists - Best Instrumental Song

Client's Name

Country / Region:

United States

I set off initially to write a heavy groove Latin song that would translate well live. I used the Tres guitar I got from Cuba to harmonize with the guitar throughout the song, including the main riff and chorus. Due to the key this song is written in (C#m), I was able to come up with a unique chord progression for the solo section utilizing the open E string. After the chord progression was written, I instantly thought that it would be something Marty Friedman would write and that he would be perfect for the song. I am fortunate enough to be endorsed by the same guitar cable company as Marty (Analysis Plus Cables), and reached out. Within 7 days of the introduction, Marty had sent up his parts. Marty's playing made me really step up my game, including adding harmonies to my solo for the first time.

Marty Friedman is one of the rare guitarists that have their own distinct sound and style. All it takes is a couple of notes played before I can recognize that it's him. A bonafide guitar hero, Marty is considered one of the best rock guitarists in the world, and his solo for 'Tornado of Souls' is cited as an all-time great. Marty's use of Middle Eastern and other exotic scales influenced me to explore those as well, which can be heard in many of my songs. Known mainly for his electric guitar playing, Marty plays an acoustic guitar full of his trademark phrasing and harmonies.

• DRUMS - Walfredo Reyes Jr
(Santana, Steve Winwood, Chicago, Frank Gambale)

• BASS - Bob Parr
(Cher, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Barry White)

• PERCUSSION - Rafael Padilla
(Miami Sound Machine, Shakira, Gloria Estefan)

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Country / Region

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