Chris Shiflett: The Biggest Change Foo Fighters Brought to My Guitar Playing After I Joined the Band

UG exclusive: Guitarist talks about going from California punk scene to headlining arenas.

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Chris Shiflett: The Biggest Change Foo Fighters Brought to My Guitar Playing After I Joined the Band
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In the latest episode of Guitar Power - premiered exclusively on UG - Chris Shiflett talked about how joining Foo Fighters impacted his guitar playing. 

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"What was weird about going from [my early punk band No Use for a Name] to Foo fighters was - onstage, I didn't know what to do with myself, 'cause the music was so much slower.

"I haven't played in a regular-tempo band for a really long time. It was like, 'What are my moves?!' [Chuckles]

Focusing on the change he faced guitar-wise, Chris added: "I never had effects pedals, ever.

"I would have like a tuner, but it was always straight into the amp. So when I joined Foo Fighters, I remember Dave saying, 'On that song, you need a delay. On that song, you need a flanger.'

"I was like, 'Whoa, fuck, gotta learn how to use pedals!' It was so tricky to coordinate, a weird mental block.

"No my pedalboard is as big as that [points at Dweezil's rather big board], the other guys in the band make fun of me, they call it the spaceship. I love messing around with pedals, I don't know why I never did."

14 comments sorted by best / new / date

    sugeci
    Great format and chilled interview. Good seeing Shiflett recount his earlier days.
    ETID666
    No use for a name was pretty awesome idk he was from that band...learn something new everyday 
    dingotron
    His brother is in Face to Face. Pretty sure they have a side project together.
    mobidguitar
    Shitfly and Dweedle.... Just hold on, Mongoose and Gertrude are coming too. They re hitching a ride over with Khimbherlheyh and Bob