Guild Conversation: Q&A with Megadeth’s Chris Broderick

Megadeth’s Chris Broderick is known as one of the top shredders in the business, but he is also an avid lover of acoustic and classical guitar.

Broderick boasts a degree in classical guitar music performance from the University of Denver and the Lamont School of Music, and he even spent many years offering lessons to aspiring guitarists.

GuildGuitars.com had an opportunity to catch up with Broderick during a break in Megadeth’s lengthy touring schedule to discuss his connection to classical guitar.

GuildGuitars.com: You started on an electric guitar, correct?

Broderick: My very first guitar was an electric. But within probably three months of playing, I started getting into acoustic and classical guitar.

GuildGuitars.com: How did that happen?

Broderick: I think it was a mixture of influences — from hearing players like [Andres] Segovia and F.A Romero at a young age, to Paco de Lucia and other really great classical guitarists. Al Di Meola, stuff like that.

GuildGuitars.com: How does one at age 11 get access to classical guitarists?

Broderick: That was through my parents, especially through my mother. She wasn’t an active musician or anything like that, but she did play the piano every once in a while. So, just through my parents. Continue reading