Taken from Wikipedia...
Jason Eli Becker (born July 22, 1969) is an American virtuoso 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.

It blows my mind how utterly amazing Jason was at such a young age. He had a short career but is still one of the greatest guitar players ever.

Perpetual Burn – Probably his most well known song.

Unbelievable improv solo at a demonstration.

Paganini’s 5th Caprice (famous piece by a world renowned violin)

Here’s how it sounds on violin

And Finally...

Cacophony – Speed Metal Symphony (with Marty Friedman)

Excuse me while I clean up the mess from my face melting off...


2 Responses so far.

  1. Mike says:

    I can play guitar like that. Easy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a shame to have such a gift and not be able to play anymore!Glad his disease is not stopping him from sharing his talent.

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