Marcus Machado: “Learn the rhythms, learn the changes – that's what’s important to any gig. Nobody's going to hire you for how fast you play the solo“

Marcus Machado
(Image credit: Robert Adam Mayer)

There’s child prodigies… and then there’s child prodigies. Take Marcus Machado, who began playing guitar at the age of, well, two.

“The guitar was always there, from my earliest, earliest memories,” he says. “My father, he was a musician, so there were guitars and instruments laying all around the house. And my mother had a crazy record collection. One of the first things I remember was being two years old and listening to Electric Ladyland and picking up the guitar. And I've been going ever since.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.