Brian May: "I will never claim to be a great guitarist in the sense of a virtuoso. I just try to play from my heart"

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“It’s about making that guitar sing,” says Brian May, the Queen legend voted the best rock guitarist of all time by readers of Total Guitar

In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview, he tells TG editor Chris Bird how he created his unique sound, and pays tribute to his heroes and friends who placed high in our poll – from Hendrix and Clapton to Eddie Van Halen and Nuno Bettencourt...

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Chris Bird

Chris has been the Editor of Total Guitar magazine since 2020. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Total Guitar's world-class tab and tuition section for 12 years. He's a former guitar teacher with 35 years playing experience and he holds a degree in Philosophy & Popular Music. Chris has interviewed Brian May three times, Jimmy Page once, and Mark Knopfler zero times – something he desperately hopes to rectify as soon as possible.