Not sure if this is better fitted for the off topic forum, but it has to do with music so I'm putting it here.
So why do you play what you play as far as styles of music? Sure, we all (I hope) play a variety of things. I noodle most everything save country and jazz (not that I don't want to, just not familiar enough with the genres to be authentic). Most people on here are probably along the same lines.
Most of what I "play" meaning perform or take part in projects relates to black, doom, or avant garde. None of these take a huge amount of technical prowess save for some avant garde things. Though technically solid, my playing is nowhere near that of a virtuoso, but it doesn't bother me all that much (though I'd still murder for Paul Gilbert's alternate picking...).
I don't like to play just to show technical ability which is part of the reason that though I respect the ability of prog bands, I can't get into it. I play the things I play because they contain emotions I identify with. If there is to be desperation in something as small as vibrato (Devil Doll is godly in the details), I want to feel it. I want to hear rage behind a trem picked minor 3rd. Anyway yeah.. I play these things to create sorrow, beauty, and anger.
I'm drinking and thinking too much. Play something and tell me why so that we may be entertained.
(I love being at work on a totally dead day.)
I think I play what I do because I just like to play really fast and play tunes that just make me ...feel (?) the music. I've always envied how much fun Satch, Gilbert, Vai, etc... have when they're up on stage. It looks like they're having the times of their lives. I just want part of that.