"Jason Becker" (born July 22, 1969) is a neo-classical metal guitarist who achieved fame at age 16 as a technical virtuoso and guitar prodigy. As part of the Mike Varney-produced duo Cacophony with his friend Marty Friedman, he released two albums which, although not shooting them into the mainstream, would eventually make them known for their innovative style, the records were ''Speed Metal Symphony'' (1987) and ''Go Off!'' (1988).
Like many neo-classical guitarists, Becker studied the works of Virtuoso violinist Nicolò Paganini. He later composed a rendition of Paganini's 5th Caprice and performed it during his instructional guitar video. Becker was known for his ablity to play very fast. However, he is often credited with focusing strongly on constructing melodies as opposed to merely showcasing his technical ability. The song Serrana, appearing in Perspective (album), is an arpeggio based piece that demonstrates his mastery over sweep-picking.
Jason grew musically with Marty Friedman, playing together along during their childhood, with whom he co-wrote many songs and by whose sense of melody he was influenced while spurring him to greater heights of g...