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Jason Becker Official Lesson - Serrana Arpeggios
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Jason Becker Jam 1986 (Not Dead Yet)
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'Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet' [Film Trailer]
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Jason Becker - Altitudes (Tribute Video)
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Jason Becker - The End of the Beginning
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Jason Becker Documentary
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Jeff Loomis- Perpetual Burn (Jason Becker Cover)
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Jason Becker - End of the Beginning
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Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn (Studio Version)
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Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Pickup
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Jason Becker - Bach Solo and a little piece of "Air"
Jason Becker - Bach Solo and a little piece of "Air"
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JEFF LOOMIS - Perpetual Burn (Jason Becker Cover)
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Jason Becker Clínica  Atlanta 1989
Jason Becker Clínica Atlanta 1989
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Jason Becker - Air
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Jason Becker Official Lesson - Scale Sequences (Excerpt)
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Jason Becker Arpeggios
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Marty Friedman - "HORRORS" (FEAT. JASON BECKER) Official Track Stream
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Jason Becker História
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BAM Magazine.com Jason Becker Movie Premiere Interview
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Seymour Duncan Jason Becker Perpetual Burn Pickup - FIRST EVER REVIEW!
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Jason Becker Perspective 「End Of The Beginning」 cover
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Lecciones de Guitarra Electrica - Escalas Exoticas (Jason Becker)
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Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet
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Top 10 Solos of Jason Becker
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La historia de un Virtuoso, Jason Becker
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Jason Becker
Birth name Jason Eli Becker
Born (1969-07-22) July 22, 1969 (age 45)
Richmond, California,[1] United States
Genres Neo-classical metal, instrumental rock, speed metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass, keyboards
Years active 1986–present
Labels Shrapnel
Associated acts Cacophony, David Lee Roth, Marty Friedman
Website www.jasonbecker.com
Notable instruments
Carvin Guitars, Hurricane Guitars, Peavey Guitars

Jason Eli Becker (born July 22, 1969) is an American neo-classical metal guitarist and composer. At the age of 16, he became part of the Mike Varney-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman. They released Speed Metal Symphony in 1987 and Go Off! in 1988. Cacophony broke up in 1989 and Becker began doing solo work, having released his first album Perpetual Burn in 1988. He later joined David Lee Roth's band and recorded one album with him. However, Becker's success was hampered by his then-diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and he was given three to five years to live. In 1996, Becker eventually lost the ability to speak and now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Despite his disability, he continues composing by using a computer and has since released Collection, a "best of" album of his favorite songs and three new songs.

Biography and career[edit]

Hometown, birth place, school and early years[edit]

Becker was born and raised in Richmond, California by his parents, Gary and Patricia (Heffley) Becker. He was born on 23rd Street, in Richmond Hospital in 1969. His maternal grandfather was actor Wayne Heffley.[2] Becker graduated from Kennedy High School where he performed Yngwie Malmsteen's Black Star with his band at a talent show. [1] While still in high school, Becker was introduced to Marty Friedman. He was exposed to the guitar at an early age because both his father and his uncle were guitar players. He absorbed all kinds of music from around the world, and melded different aspects of each style into his playing. He practiced to Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Uli Jon Roth, Eddie Van Halen, and many others. [2]

Cacophony and solo career[edit]

Becker started out playing alongside Marty Friedman in the Mike Varney-produced duo, Cacophony. Together, they put out an album, and toured Japan and the U.S.. While they never went mainstream in the U.S., Europeans embraced their music and they sold out almost everywhere they went. [3] In 1989 Becker left to pursue a solo career, having released his first solo album titled 'Perpetual Burn' in 1988, and has since released Perspective and Collection, as well as two albums of demos, entitled 'The Raspberry Jams' and 'The Blackberry Jams'.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis[edit]

At the age of 20, he joined David Lee Roth's band, replacing Steve Vai, who went on to join Whitesnake. While recording the A Little Ain't Enough album in 1989 and managed to win the coveted Best New Guitarist award from Guitar Magazine in the process. [4] Preparing for the subsequent tour, Becker began to feel what he called a "lazy limp" in his left leg. He was soon diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS; Lou Gehrig's Disease) and given three to five years to live. He could barely finish the recording, using light gauge (thin) guitar strings and other techniques, which would make it easier to play with his weakening hands. Although he managed to finish the album, which was released in 1991, he did not join the supporting tour due to his inability to perform on stage; former Lizzy Borden guitarist Joe Holmes took Becker's place on tour.

Due to his illness, he eventually lost the ability to speak and now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. Although his ALS gradually robbed him of his ability to play guitar, to walk, and eventually even to speak, he still remains mentally sharp and, with the aid of a computer, continues composing. In the back of the Perspective CD case, Becker states "I have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. It has crippled my body and speech, but not my mind." His medical condition has remained stable since 1997. In 2003, Becker posted on his website that he was feeling better and had gained some weight, while the folder for his 2008 album Collection also mentions an upcoming book.

Perspective and the Berry Jams[edit]

In 1996, Becker released an album entitled Perspective, an instrumental album composed by him (with the exception of Bob Dylan's song "Meet Me in the Morning"). The writing of the music had been started before ALS completely crippled his abilities. By using guitar, and, later, when he was unable to use both hands, a keyboard, he continued to compose while his disease worsened. However, when Becker could no longer physically play even a keyboard, his friend and music producer Mike Bemesderfer[3] helped him with a music-composing computer program that reads movements of his head and eyes, enabling Becker to continue to compose after he lost control of the rest of his body.

Several years later, Becker released Raspberry Jams (1999) and Blackberry Jams (2003); the first contained various unreleased demo-tracks, and the latter contained demo-tracks and alternate versions of songs that were later reworked and published into other albums.

Two tribute albums to Jason Becker have been issued. Respectively entitled Warmth in the Wilderness I and Warmth in the Wilderness II, they feature guitarists such as Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Joe Becker, Rusty Cooley, and Mattias Eklundh. The album profits were sent to Becker to help him with his medical finances.

Collection[edit]

On November 4, 2008, Shrapnel Records released a new Jason Becker album entitled Collection. The album includes three new songs in addition to some older recordings (some never before released) and features Marty Friedman, Greg Howe, Joe Satriani, Michael Lee Firkins, Steve Vai, and Steve Hunter.

New album[edit]

On August 20, 2010, Becker declared that he is considering releasing an album of music he recorded when he was in his teenage years.[4]

Musical style[edit]

Considered a virtuoso guitarist and one of the top players of his time, Jason Becker studied the works of violinist Niccolò Paganini and was a playing partner with Marty Friedman. He later arranged Paganini's 5th Caprice, performing it during an instructional guitar video. Becker's compositions often include high speed scalar and arpeggio passages—trademarks of his 'shred' style of guitar playing. Often incorporating advanced techniques such as sweep picking, alternate picking, artificial harmonic accenting, and tapping; he was among the leaders of the field during the technical 'shred' guitar and Neo-Classical Metal trend of the mid to late eighties and is still respected and honored by his musician peers today. The song Serrana appearing in the album Perspective, is an example of his sweep-picking skills. [5] He demonstrated the arpeggio sequence during a clinic at the Atlanta Institute of Music. A video of this performance first appeared on his Hot Licks guitar instructional video.[5]

Equipment[edit]

Becker's first guitar was a Franciscan acoustic. Prior to joining Cacophony in 1987, Becker worked his way through the Franciscan, a Takamine acoustic, a Fender Musicmaster, and finally, a black Fender Stratocaster "Dan Smith" model (likely a 1982 or 1983 model) with a DiMarzio Steve Morse humbucker in the bridge (seen in the Black Star video, circa 1986). On his message board, Jason said "I recorded SMS [Speed Metal Symphony] with my Strat."

For his next guitar, Jason says on his message board "Mike Varney got Hurricane to endorse us after we recorded Speed Metal Symphony. I liked how they were like Strats, only beefier."

On Perpetual Burn, Jason says on his message board: "I used my white and black Hurricane guitar for everything. For clean tone I went direct. For dirty tone I used a 100 Watt Marshall with a Boss Super Overdrive pedal."

The Moridira Hurricane guitar he used is called a Limited Edition LTD.2 model, believed to be made in Japan. (It is not a Hurricane EX series, which appears to be lower quality.) His LTD.2 was a "strat copy" as Jason says, but with a HSS pickup setup, a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, and unique Floyd Rose where you don't have to cut the strings. For pickups, Jason said on his message board: "I just used the stock pickups it came with." The pickups were Japanese-made pickups.

On the cover of Perpetual Burn he is pictured with a blue Hurricane guitar. He did not use this blue guitar on Perpetual Burn. Differences on this guitar from his first Hurricane include DiMarzio pickups, a maple fretboard, and 24 frets. (Interestingly Marty Friedman recorded the whammy parts of his song "Dragon Mistress" using this blue Hurricane, one of the rare times Marty has recorded whammy work.)

For the 2nd Cacophony album, Becker switched over to Carvin gear, utilizing 2 DC Series models, one in a trans blue finish with flamed maple top, and another one in a solid burgundy finish (This is the guitar seen in the famous "Yo Yo" video from the 1989 Japan tour with Cacophony). Both have double cutaway bodies, Kahler locking tremolo systems, 6 in line machine heads and 2 Carvin humbucker pickups. He used these up until he was diagnosed with ALS in 1989.

During the sessions for A Little Ain't Enough, Becker used various Carvin, Ibanez, ESP and Valley Arts guitars, as well as a Les Paul on some tracks and a Gibson acoustic for select things. Jason has also been pictured with a few Hamer superstrats as well. From 1989-1991, Becker used various guitars, most notably a Peavey custom model with the numbered fretboard markers. There are a few of these around. Also used were an Ibanez Custom Shop guitar (probably based on an RG), a custom from Performance Guitars, a couple of various unknown Strat style guitars and a black Hurricane with 3 single coil pickups.

As of very recently, Becker has allowed Paradise Guitars USA to release a Jason Becker signature guitar. It is similar in appearance to the numbered Peavey but with a different headstock shape.

Becker used various types of amplifiers in his music. Before joining Cacophony, he used a small Peavey Studio Pro 40 with the older style Peavey vertical silver stripes on the grille cloth. During his early days Jason was also seen with a red Marshall JCM800 head and 4x12 cabinet.

For the first Cacophony album, Becker used an ADAMP1 preamp. Perpetual Burn was a borrowed '70s Marshall half stack and a BOSS Super Overdrive and Cacophony second album was a Carvin X100B stack.

For the David Lee Roth album A Little Ain't Enough, Becker used "eight different Marshall amps." He also used the SX300H head at some point during that era. After Cacophony Becker used various amps, including a "Fender M80", an unknown Marshall amp, an ADA Preamp and possibly the aforementioned Peavey combo.

Becker typically used Dean Markley and SIT strings [6]

Paradise Guitar[edit]

In 2008 Paradise Guitars worked with Becker to design a Jason Becker signature guitar. The design is based on the Peavey with colored number fret inlays. Features include an alder body, maple neck with steel 2-way truss rod, maple 16" radius fingerboard, 24 jumbo thin frets with colored number fret marker inlays, black Floyd Rose Pro Style floating Tremolo with Floyd Rose Tremolo stop, Sperzel red satin tuners, 14 degree tilt-back headstock with black Paradise logo and matching tremolo and electronics plates. The pickups are DiMarzio pickups; a P.A.F. Pro-Custom in the neck colored yellow and red, a DP116 HS-2 in the middle colored green, and a Tone Zone-Custom in the bridge colored pink and blue. These colored pickups complement the colored inlays and seem to give the guitar a rainbow effect. There is also a red 5-way switch and purple 1-11 volume knob.[6]

Carvin Tribute Guitar[edit]

In 2012 Carvin worked with Becker to design a Jason Becker Tribute guitar that is modeled after the original DC-series guitar he used toward the latter part of his career. The guitar features an Alder body with flamed maple top, maple neck with a flamed maple fingerboard, a Floyd Rose tremolo, jumbo frets, 2 humbuckers, active electronics, and comes standard in a transparent blue finish.

Documentary film[edit]

A feature-length documentary film about the life of Jason Becker entitled Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, was released in 2012. The film includes interviews with Becker, his family and friends, and the various musicians he's worked with, including Marty Friedman, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Richie Kotzen, and Steve Hunter.[7] The film was generally well received by fans and critics and won many awards.[8]

Clinics[edit]

Atlanta Institute of Music

  • Year: 1989
  • Gear: Carvin DC200, Marshall Amp, Alesis quadraverb

Japan Clinic

  • Year: 1989
  • Gear: Carvin DC200

Discography[edit]

Cacophony

Marty Friedman

Solo

David Lee Roth

Joe Becker

Other works

Compilations

  • Guitar Masters, 1989, Roadrunner Records
  • Metal Guitars - High Voltage Instrumentals,1998, Disky Communications
  • Shrapnel's Super Shredders: Neoclassical,2009, Shrapnel
  • This is Shredding, Vol. 1, 2009, Shrapnel
  • This is Shredding, Vol. 2, 2009, Shrapnel

Tribute

Instructional

  • Hot Licks - The Legendary Guitar of Jason Becker

Films

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rock on: Richmond world-renowned guitarist has lived more than two decades with ALS, Matthias Gafni, Contra Costa Times, 23-03-2012, access date 26-03-2012
  2. ^ "Biography for Wayne Heffley". imdb.com. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Gold, Jude. "GuitarPlayer: Jason Becker". GuitarPlayer.com. 
  4. ^ "Becker confirming album project". Jasonbeckerguitar.com. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  5. ^ "Jason Becker playing Serrana arpeggio section (from YouTube.com)". Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  6. ^ Paradise Guitars USA[dead link]
  7. ^ "Website for the movie". Jasonbeckermovie.com. 1969-07-22. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  8. ^ "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet". imdb.com. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 

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