check out crambone at myspace.com 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.Jason Becker studied the works of violinist Niccolò Paganini and was a playing partner with Marty Friedman. He later composed a rendition of Paganini’s 5th Caprice, performing it during an instructional guitar video. Becker’s compositions often include high speed scalar and arpeggio passages, both of which are trademarks of his ‘shred’ style of guitar playing. The song “Serrana”, appearing in the album Perspective, is an example of his sweep-picking skills. 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 and can now be viewed on YouTube.[1].Becker started out playing alongside Marty Friedman in the Mike Varney produced duo, Cacophony. Becker and Friedman toured together with Cacophony in Japan and across the United States. In 1989 Becker left to pursue a solo career, releasing his first solo album titled ‘Perpetual Burn’ in 1988, and has since released ‘Perspective’, as well as two albums of demos, entitled ‘The Raspberry Jams’ and ‘The Blackberry Jams’.