Jason Becker ( biography )

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Born July 22, 1969, Jason Becker is a neo-classical guitarist who achieved fame at age 16 as a technical virtuoso and guitar prodigy.

As part of the Mike Varney-produced duo Cacophony (with Marty Friedman, who later achieved fame in legendary thrash metal band Megadeth), Jason released two albums: Speed Metal Symphony (1987) and Go Off! (1988). He also released a solo album titled Perpetual Burn in 1988. Now aged 20, he was asked to join David Lee Roth’s band and recorded A Little Aint Enough (1990).

Unfortunately while gearing up for a 1990 tour, he began to feel weakness in his hands and legs. He was soon diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and had to depart from the tour. The album he featured on went gold and is often thought of as one of David Lee Roth’s finest solo albums.

A few years later, Becker released Raspberry Jams (1999) and Blackberry Jams (2003), the first containing various unreleased demo-tracks and the latter being demo-tracks which were later reworked and published in other albums.

Like many neo-classical guitarists, he studied the works of violin prodigy Nicolo Paganini. Becker’s rendition of Paganini’s 5th Caprice is a good example of his guitar mastery.

Jason grew musically with Marty Friedman, with whom he co-wrote many songs and by whose sense of melody he was influenced while spurring him to greater heights of guitar technique. Their harmonisation-by-ear melody lines remains their trademark.

Top Tracks

1 Altitudes 135
2 Perpetual Burn 88
3 Air 86
4 Mabel’s Fatal Fable 67
5 Temple Of The Absurd 59
6 Eleven Blue Egyptians 56
7 Opus Pocus 55
8 End Of The Beginning 49
9 Dweller In The Cellar 43
10 Blue 42
11 Rain 33
12 Higher 28
13 Primal 27
14 Meet Me in the Morning 24
14 Serrana 24

Top Albums

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