My name is Fredrik Pihl and I live in Sweden. I picked up the guitar when I was 12 years old, but didn't really start to practice seriously until I was 18. I was watching a Guns N' Roses concert with some friends and I made up my mind that I wanted to start playing. I went to a school where I learnt some basic chords and songs, but I quit after a year and decided to study on my own. I learned how to read tablature and bought some Metallica and Iron Maiden books, and started to learn some songs.
In 1998 I started taking some lessons again, and during that time I discovered some great players like Yngwie Malmsteen, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai. That's when I started to practice and build up my technique. At that time I was basically a Yngwie clone. But I realised pretty quick that there is and will always be just one Yngwie Malmsteen.
My biggest turning point was when I went to see a clinic with Swedish guitar maestro Mattias IA Eklundh. He was playing those impossible things on his guitar and it really inspired me to practice even more. During the following years I got to know Mattias pretty good and I took several lessons from him as well as attending his annual Freak Guitar camp. IA has helped me in many ways and there are not enough good words to say about him.
At Freak Guitar camp 2001 I met my very good friend Christian Johansson. We started an instrumental project called In Focuz. Christian is a great player and I always get inspired when we play together.
Around the year 2001 I found out about many new great players that inspired me a lot. Allan Holdsworth, Shawn Lane, Brett Garsed, Michael Romeo, Steve Morse to name a few. But the one who really made me dropped my chin when I first heard him was the incredible Ron Thal, aka. Bumblefoot. Ron is still my biggest influence and I got to meet him for the first time at Freak Guitar camp 2005. I learned a lot of things from him, and I consider him to be one of the best players ever. And he is also a very nice guy. Other players that had a huge impact on me are Dave Martone, Guthrie Govan and the incredible Frank Zappa among others.
In January 2004 I teamed up with a local metal band called Indemnity. I hadn't played in a band for a very, very long time, so I felt it was time to do something about it. Playing together with the guys in the band is really inspiring and challenging. We recorded a demo cd called 16 hours of darkness, which can be downloaded at the official Indemnity website. www.indemnity.se Right now we are writing some new material and are about to record a new demo cd soon.
Currently is endorsed by Vigier guitars, Curt Mangan strings and The light pick.