Chris Broderick: I Really Believe I Play Guitar for Different Reason Than Other Guitarists

It wasn't about going wild upon hearing Van Halen for the first time, the musician explains.

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Chris Broderick: I Really Believe I Play Guitar for Different Reason Than Other Guitarists

Guitar champ Chris Broderick said he feels his reasons for mastering the instrument are different from other players, telling Ernie Ball:

"I really do think that I play the guitar for a different reason than most guitarists. It wasn't that the first time I heard Eddie Van Halen or went to a concert I was like, 'Oh, I wanna be able to do that! I wanna be that guy!

"I actually found the instrument and loved what it did.

"I remember when I was first learning how to play - just having fun, trying to see how long the particular pickup would sustain and then become feedback. It was just something about the instrument that drew me to it."

During the rest of the chat, Chris talked about his first contact with the axe, saying: "Guitar playing to me, when I found out about it, was just this new world, something I think I've been looking for for a long time.

"As soon as I picked up the guitar, I just pretty much knew it was it. I didn't say it, it just became all-encompassing in everything I was doing all the time."

You can check out the full clip below for some quality shredding from the man.

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    I can relate to everything in this. I tell myself that I don't believe in love at first sight, but the guitar was it for me.
    I hated guitar when i started playing, but i wanted to be good at it and now i have two 1000 euros guitars and i like playing guitar. My amp is not the best, but sounds ok.
    His claim to fame in playing with both hands on the fretboard. He is the perfect example of a "soulless" shredder. That being said, I wish I had those skills!
    The whole "soulless" thing is nonsense and a bit pretentious. soul and feeling are opinionated concepts, just like music itself. No person can determine if a song truly has soul and feeling put into it, except the player themselves.
    Whether a song has soul and feeling or not is solely decided by the council of blues dads, you really should know this.