Christopher Broderick (born March 6, 1970 in Lakewood, Colorado, USA) is the current lead and rhythm guitarist for the popular American heavy metal band Megadeth.
Formerly the lead guitarist for Jag Panzer, he appeared on the last four Jag Panzer albums The Age of Mastery, Thane to the Throne (a concept album about Shakespeare’s Macbeth), Mechanized Warfare and Casting the Stones before moving on to Megadeth, replacing Glen Drover. Before joining Megadeth and while still in Jag Panzer, he was also a touring guitarist for Nevermore in 2003 and then again between 2006 and 2007.
Chris has been playing guitar since he was eleven years old and has been teaching for the last 13 years. Styles range from Classical, Rock, Blues, and Jazz. He started taking lessons at 14 years of age studying guitar as well as voice, violin, and piano. Chris has a degree in Classical Guitar music performance at the University of Denver and the Lamont School of Music. He has performed in many master classes including ones given by David Russell, Benjamin Verdery, and his primary instructor Ricardo Iznaola. In addition, Chris has taken classes such as Jazz improvisation and chord voicing, advanced music theory, and sight-reading.
In his own words: “My musical tastes don’t belong to any particular genre, the only requirement is that the musicians are proficient & the music meets the intent of the composer”.
Check out Chris’ second-to-none guitar work here jamming with Megadeth band-mate David Ellefson at Bizarre Guitar in Reno, 2012:
And an amazing demonstration of classical guitar from 2006:
Chris can be contacted here: firstname.lastname@example.org