Guitar Quotes

Guitar Quotes by Warren Zevon, Buddy Guy, Les Paul, Ally Condie, Sam Palladio, Austin Butler and many others.

I have no guitar technique.
I didn’t look up and say, “Oh, man, if I learn how to play a guitar I could make not much money, but I’d make a decent living like Eric Clapton or somebody.” There wasn’t nothing like that out there.
When I got my first guitar my fingers wouldn’t go to the sixth string so I took off the big E and played with just five strings. I was only 6 or 7.
One of the things I’ve always liked about my husband is he‘s very good at lots of stuff. He was an English teacher when I met him. He wrote poetry and played the guitar. As time went on, he decided to go into economics, so he’s very analytical and mathematical in addition to his artsy side.
As a musician myself, it annoys the hell out of me to watch an actor trying to play a guitar out of time with the music.
I’ve played guitar and piano for a while, so it’s really fun to play music on film.
If you pick up a guitar and it says, ‘take me, I’m yours,’ then that’s the one for you
My first love was the sound of guitar.
I have a lot of guitar heroes I guess, some of them are female and some of them are male. Robert Fripp is one of them, and Marc Ribot, that’s another guitar hero.
I always have a guitar or ukulele in the trailer, and I write songs. That keeps me in an artistic mind-set.
I find it to be an ongoing challenge to keep the guitar from becoming too traditional.
It’s annoying when you’ve got a guitar and you’re working on music and then you have to go and do the shopping or someone calls your mobile and you get distracted or you have to go out and do something.
You have to break your fingers to learn how to play guitar.
Blues music is becoming more and more popular than it ever was. I’m always meeting people on the road that are really young, and are guitar players…. male and female.
AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ is the greatest meshing of vocal, guitar, and content I’ve ever heard. That’s what I aspire to.
I’ve always considered transcribing to be an invaluable tool in the development of one’s musical ear and, over the years, I have spent countless glorious hours transcribing different kinds of music, either guitar-oriented or not.
The Telecaster has two sounds – a good one and a bad one.
Guitars are fun. There are plenty of different kinds to play. They look cool. They sound cool. Don’t you want to play guitar?
Whether I’m making my own record, or playing a guitar part, I want what I do to have an impact.
I don’t really find it to be a man-dominated industry. I mean, I guess when you look at it, it is, but I don’t really look at it as a female or male thing, or female or male guitar players or whatever.
I love a good Slash guitar riff. It’s sexy!
If I could sing, I wouldnt be a guitarist.
I wish they’d had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would‘ve been straightened out.
I didn’t go out on one date in high school. I played guitar and sang and wrote my own music and poetry and stuff when I was a teenager.
[Commercial radio] is owned by one or two corporations now, and they’re not in the music business. They’re in the advertising business…. So let’s not kid ourselves. If you want to hear music, go buy a guitar.
If we are going to list guitar influences, the biggest one by far is Wes Montgomery. Also, Gary Burton was obviously huge for me in a number of ways. But beyond that, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard.
I was really into music. I started playing guitar also when I was nine. I wanted to be in the Beatles, even though John Lennon died the year I got a guitar and the Beatles broke up before I was born.
I only want to do what I really want to do; otherwise, I’m content to sit here and play my guitar all day.
Just because I have a guitar, it doesn’t mean that changes me. I still rhyme, I still sing.
I enjoy listening to Olla Bell. There is also this young guitar player, John Duke Lippincott, he sometimes goes by Johnny Duke. He is the most brilliant guitar player from right here in Wilmington, DE.
David Bromberg
I would try to pick the guitar up sometimes, like, “Hey, remember me?” It was like reintroducing yourself to someone who‘s got a grudge.
From now on all of my guitar solos will be in morse code.
Jason Hicks
If you put a Mars bar in one of Glenn Hughes’ hands and a bass in the other, he’ll choose the Mars bar.
What I wanted to do was play the guitar but I don’t like instrumental rock. I think it is tripe.
I guess that somehow I’ve survived as a professional guitar player. I’ve made it 16 years now and I feel like I’m just getting started. Variety is a secret to the success of that.
Monte Pittman
I always thought the good thing about the guitar was that they didn’t teach it in school.
The guitar’s not all that expensive either, when you compare it to gettin’ a toothpulled or something.
At some point, I had to make a decision: I could practice more and become a really great guitar player or I could work on writing better songs. There are only so many hours in the day, and I found writing songs more fulfilling than working on becoming this virtuoso guitar player.
Mike Bloomfield sat down and started playing, and I went, whoa! Because I had never heard any white person play like that before. And he was about my age, and he just, that finished off my guitar career, just like that, in one afternoon.
Guitar solos bore the hell out of me. Only a few guitarists interest me, and it’s not about the solos they play, it’s about the grooves they create.
I keep guitars that are, you know, the neck’s a little bit bent and it’s a little bit out of tune. I want to work and battle it and conquer it and make it express whatever attitude I have at that moment. I want it to be a struggle.
I used to be a session musician before I was a wrestler. I played bass guitar. I was big pals with Lars Ulrich, and he asked me if I wanted to play bass with Metallica in their early days, but it didn’t work out.
To tell you the truth, I’ve never been really good at learning other people’s stuff. I’ve been playing since I was 11, and I never took lessons. I kind of learned through hit and miss. I had the patience just because I loved guitar so much.
Mark Tremonti
I understand I’m supposed to be feminine and dainty, but I’m not. There are two sides to the coin. People are more impressed with things that I do because they almost treat you as if you’re handicapped if you’re a woman… people can be impressed that I can play a few chords on the guitar.
The way I started playing music was sitting around with friends and singing songs. I love good ol’ fashioned guitar pulls.
I started surfing at the age of 10, and then turned professional at the age of 16, which was right around the same time I took up the guitar. So, the surfing came first.
The real lost souls don’t wear their hair long and play guitars. They have crew cuts and trained minds, sign on for research in biological warfare, and don’t give their parents a moment’s worry.
I was always just kind of obsessed with guitar, even before I started playing.
I’m a Christian, a wife, a mother, a homeschooler, a conservative, a citizen journalist, a talk radio host, an insatiable music nerd who plays a poor rhythm guitar, a blogger, a proud granddaughter of a sailor, and a proud tea partier in awe of the potential and the people in this movement.
Back then, I didn’t have a big organization around me. I was just a kid with a guitar, traveling around. My responsibility basically was to the art, and I had extra time on my hands. There is no extra time now. There isn’t enough time.
A guitar player goes on the road, and he misses his girlfriend for a while, but he manages to get along. A horn player gets out on the road, plays two or three towns, and then he’ll get lonely, and next thing you know, he’s packed up and left. It’s better not to hire him in the first place.
Albert King
I’m just not arbitrarily choosing to have five guitars play one type of thing. In that way there’s a definite similarity between a symphony orchestra and the 100 guitar symphony.
I suppose my father was more influential in my starting to play the guitar.
Fool If You Think It’s Over’ is still the only song I’ve ever not played guitar on, but it just so happened to be my first single, and it just so happened to be a massive hit. It was in the U.S. Top 10 for seven weeks.
I just want to play guitar and be in a band. Same as I always did.
I’ve always been into guitars. We want to put keyboards on, but keyboard players don’t look cool onstage, they just keep their heads down. There has never been a cool keyboard player, apart from Elton John.
Well, Steve Vai joined my dad‘s band right around the time when I actually started playing guitar. So he gave me a couple of lessons on fundamentals, and gave me some scales and practice things to work on. But I pretty much learned everything by ear.
When the intellectual part of guitar playing overrides the spiritual, you don’t get to extreme heights.
Reading a book about management isn’t going to make you a good manager any more than a book about guitar will make you a good guitarist, but it can get you thinking about the most important concepts.
Shortly before she died Janis Joplin gave me the Gibson Hummingbird she recorded “Me and Bobbby McGee” on … Janis was a good guitar player, for her purposes .. she just wanted to play along with her songs, and she had a real pure and nice style for that.
Sam Andrew
I throw down a lot on paper and on tape. Sometimes while I’m practicing on the guitar, I’ll think of a song.
I actually learned the guitar with the help of a Pete Seeger instructional record when I was 13 or 14.
Rock and Roll is simply an attitude. You don’t have to play the greatest guitar.
I’m the one that’s got to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.
Worship doesn’t happen when a guy gets on a stage w/ a guitar. It happens when faith-filled eyes behold the glory of Christ.
Guitars are kind of just, you know, sexy, especially old vintage ones.
If I had an axe on the evening at Newport when [Dylan] broke out the electric guitar, I’d have cut his cable.
When it comes to music, it’s my clothes, it’s my guitar, it’s my voice, it’s my song.
I practice more than ever … mostly scales and arpeggios … and anything I can’t do.
How could I have not known about Ume? An Austin trio fronted by a whirling dervish of singer guitarist who in the standard PR band head shot looks like she wouldn’t hurt a fly; yet give her a guitar, a Marshall stack and a mic and stand back, way back. She shreds. File under – Do Not Overlook and Go Tell Your Friends
Sometimes I don’t pick up the guitar for six months or so,” “Other times I get away, go to a hotel or something, to write songs. Or go stay with a friend and bring the dog and do stuff away from my normal routine. Then I sit down and play guitar at night. I do it differently every time . There is no set way.
The guitar is a meditative tool to touch God and find love within yourself.
I started writing when I was 17. I got an acoustic guitar for my birthday after I discovered Bob Dylan and James Taylor.
My father was a guitar player, and I was raised with a super high standard of what good guitar playing was.
I preferred not to be laden down with a big instrument. If you’re behind a guitar, you get used to being behind a guitar, and you don’t really perform because you can’t. I wanted to be able to just hold on to the mike and sing.
The guitar influence that affected my songwriting came from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
I’ve been in a band, so I understand the politics. Sometimes the bass player doesn’t like what the guitar player is doing, and you have to sort of even that out.
I don’t consider myself a skilled enough instrumentalist to be able to create the atmosphere that I want with just my guitar by myself.
Every song I write, including ‘Too Close,’ always starts on the guitar.
I’m working on my music a lot, like folk singing, guitar. It’s sort of rocky, folky, alty, angsty. I’m putting a lot of energy into that.
The guitar to me, from the classical/gut-string guitar right through to Hendrix, et cetera, has all the range [of sound]. Within those six strings it is incredible what one can get sound-wise. It’s just down to imagination, really.
I started playing with a group of young people when I was 13. I turned professional when I was 15 and I played dance halls, this on bass guitar.
I even played bass for a while. Besides playing electric guitar, I’d also get asked to play some acoustic stuff. But, since I didn’t have an acoustic guitar at the time, I used to borrow one from a friend so I could play folk joints.
I played guitar in a band from when I was about 20 for three years. Then I sang a little. Then I started getting really busy as an actor and forgot about it.
Listen, the story of the United States is this: One kid, without anything, walks out of his house, down the road, with nothing but a guitar and conquers the world. And we’ve done that again, and again, and again – Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Rogers, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters.
The bass should be the note of the bass drum, and then you’ve got the engine of the band that everything else builds on. Everything else, the guitar, the keyboards, is a colour.
I was trained at classical piano as a youngster back in PA. To rebel, I bought a drum set and played in some rock & roll bands. In college I picked up a guitar and became obsessed with practicing which led to playing guitar in indie rock bands in the mid 90’s. Which led me to Los Angeles.
Now, guitar was pretty cool. Everybody knew something on the guitar. So I wanted to play guitar, but I told my dad if he wanted me to keep studying something, Id like to study piano.
A guitar is more than just a sound box… it is part of your soul.
Manuel Velazquez
With music, I’m comfortable singing to people but I’m not that comfortable playing the guitar.
,,, all around it would have to be Eddie Cochran, because it wasn’t just music with him; it was his guitar playing, his look, his singing, I’d say that, all things considered, he’s probably my favorite “cat” of all time
I quickly learned to take anger and use it to motivate me. My sister ran away from home, and she was my world. And that was that. The guitar became my world.
My guitars, Cadillacs, and hillbilly music Is the only thing that keeps me hanging on.
My mother and father didn’t know anything about instruments. Me just see a man in the country play guitar one time and say, ‘My, the man play that guitar nice.’
I just recorded in studios, you know, people pressed the buttons for me. So I just started recording the bass lines and guitar parts with my voice, covering classical pieces, or just making up melodies so I could learn how to use it.
My guitar playing has not developed as much as I think it could because I never practice. I only play when I’m writing or recording or when I’m playing on tour. When I’m sitting around at home, I never play.
To be a good artist / letterer / designer / guitar player it takes practice. A lot of it. More than you can even fathom when you’re starting out.
I practiced two or three hours, sometimes none, sometimes six. It was very varied.
Bowie‘s ‘Hunky Dory’ influenced me. ‘Ziggy Stardust‘ influenced Johnny Ramone a lot, especially his guitar parts.
I play guitar and I love the Beatles and melodic music.
I sing and play the guitar, and I’m a walking, talking bacterial infection.
I was a schooled musician. When I made ‘Blue Velvet‘, I told everyone what to do. I was an arranger. I learned music in school I told the band to play this. I told the guitar to do that.
I never took guitar lessons. I took classical piano lessons from the age of six when we lived in Holland. And when we moved to America, it was just the typical thing except I was really good at it; so was my brother.
When I was 13, I asked for a guitar. And that’s how I really started explaining my point of view.
Back when I was in high school, I came out onstage with my guitar and had four guys playing behind me. We were just playing a dance, but I was standing in front of an audience rocking out. I’m still rocking out like when I was a kid. I haven‘t changed.
If you can play guitar and sing, you can probably get a gig down the road playing at a restaurant, but don’t throw your life away chasing something that is so elusive it will only lead you to regret and may turn you bitter.
Sometimes you’ve got to draw a line between having all the options and being a slave to the things, using them every time you play the guitar. I’m trying to keep a real inconsistency to the pedals so that it is something new every time.
He is the king. If it hadn’t been for Link Wray and ‘Rumble’, I would have never picked up a guitar.
The future of punk rock has nothing to do with guitars. Everything interesting that I’ve heard in years has been nearly all electronic.
I love playing guitar. I grew up with my dad playing. But acting is definitely the forefront, I guess I’d say, in terms of career and something that I really enjoy and feel lucky to be able to do.
I started playing heavy-metal guitar because that’s what I liked. And then I got into classical guitar because it was so technically complicated.
But remember, guitar players are a dime a dozen.
People have learned how to strum a guitar, but they don’t have the soul. They don’t feel it from the heart. It hurts me. I’m killin’ myself to tell them how it is.
Lightnin’ Hopkins
Although I dig my guitar playing, I think it’s kind of an obvious situation; I play what I want to play within my own restrictions.
Lindsey [Buckingham] and I went up to Aspen and we went to somebody’s incredible house and they had a piano and I had my guitar with me and I went in their living room, looking out over the incredible Aspen sky and I wrote ‘Landslide.’
I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar, as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues. All of it. I did the same thing with my voice.
I’d say it’s harder to play with an acoustic guitar strapped over your shoulder for a few hundred people than it is to play in front of thousands with an entire bombastic band behind you. After all these years, I still get nervous in front of people. I can’t help it.
I am up there onstage alone with that guitar. I don’t have to consider no one else and whether they are comfortable. I need very little.
I still believe in the need for guitars and drums and desperate poetry.
It’s really very easy for me to be in The Cardinals, because I bring my voice, my guitar, and my songs to them, and then we all play around to find out what works.
I love ‘Guitar Hero’ because I love music, but I have no musical ability whatsoever. So I love a game that makes you feel like you‘re a rock star.
I’ll always leave the same set of strings on my guitars when I’m recording. If I break one I’ll just replace it instead of putting on a whole new set of strings.
When I got my first guitar, I played along with everything I heard that had guitar in it, like the Ramones, Nirvana and Sublime, as well as whatever hip-hop and R&B stuff was on the radio.
Jeff Beck is probably my favorite and biggest influence on the guitar. Touring with him in 2010 was such a milestone. I used to show up early every day just to hear his sound check, which sometimes lasted an hour.
I started taking piano lessons when I was 8 and I wrote my first song shortly after. Music was really important in my family. My grandma was a professional violin player and my parents first met when my dad was giving my mom guitar lessons.
Almost 15 with music, we have so many guitars that we developed over the years. The latest one is ‘The Majesty‘ guitar, which I’m really proud of.
Most things in my life I had before leaving home. Values, support, great family. I was shaped at an early age. A musician playing guitar, I wanted to be a folk singer.
Except for a few guitar chords, everything I’ve learned in my life that is of any value I’ve learned from women.
There was a period when I’d just come out of college where I’d been playing classical guitar and I suddenly realised that it wasn’t what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
I can communicate far better on a guitar than I can through my mouth.
I really like IU… I just think she has the most adorable everything. Her voice is beautiful; she’s talented at writing music, guitar, everything. I fell in love with her when I watched her on that drama ‘Dream High.’ That’s probably when I first really fell in love with her.
You go to a studio with a guitar, people are like, ‘Oh this girl‘s going to write this song on a guitar.’ Or wants to, or whatever. You go with a ukulele, people are just like ‘Eh, well, whatever.’ They don’t really care. It’s a very non-threatening kind of instrument.
My kids don’t really like when I sing for some reason…but they like when I play guitar. So I started writing songs just playing guitar for them.
I remember I took a music course in junior year of high school, and some girl brought in ‘Teardrops On My Guitar,’ and she was like, ‘Isn’t this song great?’ And everyone was like, ‘Who’s Taylor Swift?’ And now, every time I listen to Taylor Swift, I remember that moment.
I have been playing a lot of keyboards, especially in the last five or six years. I suppose it gives you more scope than the guitar, although it does tend to make you write a different way.
The first time I tried to write was when I was 14, after I got an electric guitar. I put a song together, and it wasn’t that bad! The writing came natural to me.
Nobody seems to play Yamaha electrics, but it’s the best guitar I own.
You have to be really good to get away with smashing a guitar.
Speaking in a common tongue, speaking through guitars and drums.
Write great songs that sound amazing if sung and played on the piano or acoustic guitar. Always encourage sing-alongs! Be prolific! Say “Yes” to new collaborations because you never know where it could lead.
Cool things happen. Ace’s guitar flies through space, goes through a hole, and blows up. I throw drumsticks and they come flying at you.
Reading a book about management isnt going to make you a good manager any more than a book about guitar will make you a good guitarist, but it can get you thinking about the most important concepts.
My second record was all about big ideas – I was trying to make big statements about the culture, about life. I think in a certain way, I was a 27 year old kid with a guitar.
One of the things that was crucial for me I got from Rory Gallagher, which was the idea of, like, being a guitar player for life and living it.
I had an edge in ‘Andhadhun’ because, being a musician, I knew how to play a guitar, so it was not difficult for me to learn a musical instrument.
Technically, I’m not a guitar player, all I play is truth and emotion.
If there’s a strong melodic thing somewhere, whether that’s in a vocal or in a guitar part or a sample. Something that sticks in your brain, that seems to be something that works.
Jeff Beck is my idol .. sometimes he finds notes that I just do not have on my guitar. Frank Zappa‘s another one .. I loved Frank Zappa … I do think Van Halen reinvented the guitar … he’s an excellent musician, a shrewd guitarist and as a person he’s wonderful.
I love the subtlety and tonal range of the acoustic guitar.
I can’t say I feel influenced by today‘s guitar players.
Musically, I am still hooked and just hypnotized by the sound of the guitar itself. I mean, a guitar sounds good if you drop it on the floor.
[Some] times I’d have sound but no image. When Patti [Smith] was singing with her guitar, or doing something amazing with her clarinet, I’d just mess around and record the sound. So we’d use those sounds as another layer in the film [Dream of Life].
Each acoustic guitar has its own character and personality. On a particular day, I might pick one up and start noodling around, looking for some emotional content in the chords.
The Mandolin is the bottom four strings of the guitar, backwards…so a person with dyslexia has no problem learning to play the Mandolin.
Steve Goodman
It’s annoying when you’ve got a guitar and you’re working on music and then you have to go and do the shopping or someone calls your mobile and you get distracted or you have to go out and do something. So it’s nice to just concentrate on it one hundred percent and give your all to it.
If I don’t channel pain into a song, I play my guitar or play the piano or play my drums, or go swimming.
EverTune is, without a doubt, the most important advance in guitar playing since the electric tuner. Using the EverTune, both onstage and in the studio, has completely changed the game. It’s almost impossible to explain how amazing this innovation is. Pure magic!
Ben Weinman
I think if you really put your mind to something you can do it. Five and a half years ago I couldn’t stand on stage and play guitar. I didn’t have enough talent as a kid to play guitar. I started really late. I hired a guitar teacher when I was in Nashville and I applied myself and stayed focused.
I had this big thing about guitar harmonies. I wanted to be the first to put proper three-part harmonies onto a record. That was an achievement.
I was just a music lover who wondered what it would sound like if Otis Redding strapped on a guitar and played in a punk band. That’s it.
I’m left handed, but my dad taught me to play guitar right-handed.
I’m starting to play all the melodies with kind of keyboard sound but playing it from the bass guitar.
A lot of people said to me, ‘Enough with the guest vocalists for a while. We want to hear the Mexican play the guitar!’
It was in San Diego and I was onstage and couldn’t remember how to play the guitar properly. I was in terrible pain and my nervous system was just going wild, like somebody had just run a car over me.
The first song I wrote, in fifth grade, was totally ripped from Jeffrey Lewis. My aunt‘s boyfriend gave me bass lessons, and I played drums for a year in sixth grade. Around seventh grade, I got a guitar and forgot everything else.
Since I left Chicago, I’m a lone wolf. I put on the record player and sit and try to play on the guitar. I’ve got five guitars here and can’t play them, but I’m always whompin’ around.
James Cotton
I’m honored when young people say they’ve gone to school on slide guitar with my records. But people get their influence from my live shows and records and YouTube, not me personally. I walk around with a hat on. People don’t know it’s me.
Trey Spruance didn’t want to tour for ages. And Dean Menta has always been our guitar-roadie during Angel Dust, and I remember him playing fantastically during soundchecks. During each gig, he was watching from the side of the stage, seeing Big Jim play stuff that he could play better.
Playing guitar is a never-finished journey.
I’m the first one to admit, I’m a pretty unorthodox guitar player.
You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar.
I never met a politician who didn’t want to be a guitar player in a rock band. I’ve got the opportunity to say what I believe in.
I don’t even wanna say female guitar-players, just guitar-players, because music of all things doesn’t need to be gendered and stratified, that’s so boring.
I’m just a dumb guitar player, man.
… I like the clubs because … we have two or three acoustic guitars up there and we’re not hard-core slamming or stomping through the music. We’re singing it with intricate harmonies and really showing the craftsmanship.
I can’t play guitar, but I can sure make it howl.
I like a nice rumble on bass, openness on guitar and drums that breathe.
I suppose my little Martin acoustic guitar is quickly becoming a prize possession. It’s a lovely guitar. I bought it at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2001 before I had cleaned up.
It was really fun. Well, Bobby was just basically a folk singer. He didn’t play with any bands or anything, like all the rest of us. Just played his guitar and sang his songs.
You can be in the band, you can go buy your own guitar strings at Guitar Center, you can go and do everything the boys can do and you’re not the oddity anymore.
Each guitar has its own character and personality, which can be magnified once the player engages in beatin’ it up
My first really good guitar was a Gibson J-45.
As soon as I say I’m from Texas people say, “Oh, I’m sure the school was horrible” and they picture me wearing some barrel and suspenders and people are bucktoothed and ignoring me. But that’s not the case. I just had zero interest. I wanted to finish my research in the woods or play guitar or go have a cigarette.
I was down with Lucinda Williams and Mary Chapin-Carpenter. We did an acoustic tour, just the three of us, three chicks and three guitars
I’m not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage guitar because I’m too rough on instruments.
A guitar is something you can hold and love and it’s never going to bug you. But here’s the secret about the guitar – it’s defiant. It will never let you conquer it. The more you get involved with it, the more you realize how little you know.
My style is so tightly tied in with our songs that I don’t think you could even ask me to quit Radiohead and play guitar for another band. I don’t think I could do it. It would probably reveal me to be the bluffer that I believe I am. That’s how it feels. I wouldn’t have the confidence to do anything but this.
I sing a little bit. I got a guitar for my 16th birthday.
Part of the joy of music is listening to lots of different kinds of music and learning from it. Specifically for me, I like writing songs that move me, and what moves me are beautiful songs on the piano or the guitar and really, really heavy music.
My guitar is really tempermental. I don’t give up on it though, I’m close to my guitar!
We used to play music for fun. Much more than now. Now nobody picks up a guitar unless they’re paid for it.
I used to play the drums. When I was 11 I got my first professional job, I played drums in a cabary and played Elvis and stuff, I used to play left handed actually. Then I started to pick up the guitar when I was around 15, but I played the drums for a long time.
I was playing guitar before I heard The Beatles, but as I got older and listened to their tunes I realized they were amazing. They inspire me more now than they did when I was a kid and are still the greatest.
All I want for Christmas is a rock n roll electric guitar.
Where I grew up, I could be a punk rocker and a jock. But in college, it became apparent that those two worlds didn’t mix. When I brought my guitar back to school after Thanksgiving break, a friend handed me his bass and said, ‘Listen to the Ramones.’
Just as with a guitar, you can improvise a guitar solo, and they’d probably be similar each time, but they won’t be exactly the same. With the word, it’s probably a bit freer than that. I probably repeat myself more musically than I do verbally.
It’s just me and my guitar, and the rhythm’s from there, and the poetry of life.
When you pick up a guitar, you don’t put down your First Amendment rights.
My first gig, I was about 17 or 18. But I’d been singing a long time. I got a guitar when I was 8, and started trying to write songs as a teenager.
Working with devices and guitar pedals and mixers and synthesizers is what I do, and I prefer people not focus on that because it’s kind of distracting from what the point should be. At least for me, it’s to have the primacy of aurality in the experience of that evening.
The only time it dominates is during a solo, or when we play a low blues and I put figures in behind Eric’s vocals. There’s never any real problem fitting guitar and organ together.
I was 12 when I started playing guitar with my brothers.
I have a couple of nice guitars that I use, but I don’t have anything that I collect. I collect a lot of dust in my apartment, if that counts for anything.
Up till now I wrote the songs on my acoustic guitar alone with the Lord. Then I would take the song and share it with my family and then we all would figure out instrumentation together.
I can’t remember the first song I learned to play on bass, but the first song I learned to play on guitar was ‘For Your Love’ by the Yardbirds. That kind of was the beginning for me. I thought it was a great song and I loved the open chord progression at the beginning of that song.
Guitar players in the nineties seem to be reacting against the technique oriented eighties.
The guitar is an orchestra in itself.
My parents are artists, so I grew up with my mom having bonfires, seven guitars, and talented musicians and artists around like Jack Hirschman.
I still use the guitar pretty much just to hide my gut.
I would just like to say that Ritchie Blackmore did a bunch of great stuff guitar – wise. I’m happy to play the solo from ‘Highway Star’. I always thought it was one of the most exciting guitar solos I’d ever played.
But the guitar is my favorite, first and foremost instrument.
The rest of the band were basically friends, So it was me following them around and begging them to let me be in their band for two or three years. And they finally let me in on the harmonica, actually, and then the keyboards, and finally the guitar.
But the day that I die will be the day that I shut my mouth and put down my guitar.
Keith Richards … was once asked how he came up with all those amazing guitar riffs. His answer? He just starts playing until he makes the right mistake. In other words he’s optimistic he will create something good by virtue of getting something “wrong.”
Mark Stevenson
I played for anybody and everybody from the time I started playing guitar, when I was 10 or 11.
People have used my songs and guitar style to teach guitar for a long time.
I was never pushed into the business. I wanted to play the guitar. When my dad found out I could play pretty good he took me into the studio one day. I did my first session for his label. We did quite a few sessions up there.
And I’ve also come to the conclusion that, as far as guitar solos and things like that are concerned, it’s more important to complement the music rather than take away from it.
I don’t think anything can touch the expressive range of the guitar.
I know I love sexy surf guitars, I know I love loud snare. I love really simple repeating bass lines, and I love weird mad scientist keyboard sounds.
Barney Kessel is definitely the best guitar player in this world, or any other world.
I remember people would talk about Country Music like it was this sexist, lame thing. Well, no, because Dolly Parton is writing songs and playing her guitar and producing. She’s doing it all and she’s got hits on the radio.
I played guitar when I was young and never really considered it as a way to make a living.
I got into one Metallica record. That was about it. I never got into AC/DC or Black Sabbath or any of that. I was interested in the side of heavy metal that had interesting guitar ideas, but that was a very short-lived thing.
What’s the difference between a classical guitar and a pizza? A pizza can feed a family of four.
Faye Kellerman
I grew up wanting a guitar, my family was very poor. When I was fourteen my mother bought me a Gibson ES 125 thin body. That was a bunch of money in those days – $125.00.
Experimenting with different sounds is great, but when it comes down to it, you’re still playing a guitar.
I was a drummer and I played the guitar.
I mean, playing music at home and writing and hanging out with my guitar is kind of medicinal for me, but when I bring the songs to people on stage, it’s very joyous.
When it is possible that people don’t understand my English, I take my guitar and speak with my music!
Celedonio Romero
I’d like to have a beer-holder on my guitar like they have on boats.
I write songs on guitar and that’s about how good of a guitar player I am. I can write songs on it.
It took me to about maybe 16, 17 or 18 or something to realise I was absolutely useless at everything else except for playing guitar and writing words
I fancy myself as being very good at Guitar Hero. I really don’t play any other videogames. I kind of fell in love with Guitar Hero the first time I played it, and went out and bought a system for it.
Marylata [ Elton] introduced me to Hans Zimmer. Hans tapped me [to] work on songs for DreamWorks’ animated features. I arranged Elton John’s opening main title for The Road to El Dorado, I played guitars on Shrek for Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell, I co-produced “I Can See Clearly Now” for Antz.
My dad got me the same mic I use on everything now – this $200 mic from Guitar Center.
I always liked playing music and I always wanted to be good at playing guitar. I always saw myself as an old man living in the mountains playing a guitar, but I didn’t really turn that into a desire to be a professional musician or a singer or a rock star or anything like that.
If you’re a musician, you can practice your guitar every day and write songs, but when you’re an actor, you can’t just like burst into a monologue. Your only exercise is when you’re in prep or you’re working.
I think a guitar solo is how my emotion is most freely released, because verbal articulation isn’t my strongest communication strength. My wife thinks that I should do interviews by listening to the questions and playing the answer on guitar.
Guitars are like women. You’ll never get them totally right.
I’m on this eternal quest to get the best guitar sound in the world, but my vision of what is ‘the best’ changes every time I go into the studio. Sometimes my goal is to make my guitar jump out, and sometimes I want it to lay back.
I don’t know of a guitar player that has only one guitar. They’re never happy with one. I’m never happy with just one of them. I woke up and ended up with six, even if you can only play one at a time!
I think Blank Generation holds up pretty well. You listen to that with headphones and there’s a lot going on there with the guitars- it’s the product of a lot of fighting.
The electric guitar was vital in helping what I’ve achieved where would I be without it? Playing awfully quietly, for a start.
First of all, who’s your A&R?
A mountain climber who plays an electric guitar?
But he don’t know the meaning of dope,
When he’s lookin for a suit and tie rap
That’s cleaner than a bar of soap!
And I’m the dirtiest thing in sight,
Matter of fact, bring out the girls and let’s have a mud fight.
My sister played the piano. She’s two years older than me, and I always wanted to play something. So my grandmother got the guitar for me, and showed me a couple of chords to start off. And then I got me a book. Next thing you know, I was playing along with sister.
Guitar playing is just something that came to me and is really second nature now.
My guitar and singing was my way of crying.
My first guitar was a Gibson Challenger.
Don’t have much, but what I’ve got is yours, except of course my steel guitar.
The electric guitar meant that you could have a band with a drummer and a couple of guitars. And that put a lot of horn players out of work.
My 10 year old son likes it. He’s trying to play guitar and everything. He likes that kind of music.
I play guitar a bit. I’m trying to learn drums – I feel like I can play violin. I’ve never tried, but I just feel like I can.
I’m starting to play all the melodies with kind of keyboard sound but playing it from the bass guitar.
But you have to give your whole life to a cello. When I realized that, I went back to the guitar and just turned the volume up a bit louder.
Touring with Brian May was like a dream come true that happened early in my career. He inspired me with the way he harmonized and layered his guitar sounds.
But yeah, I played bass guitar in high school and in college and then I actually fractured my thumb, so my bass career went bye-bye.
I don’t think I picked up the guitar in the first place as a way of getting women. There are probably better ways of doing it.
Music is trying to tell a story, and I love the rock vibe. Hearing that finished product is almost the same high as having a killer wrestling match, you’re just doing it with a guitar instead of a partner in the ring.
In my case, I am improvising with existing sound files. I use an MSP patch that a friend of mine made, and you have to improvise when you use this patch. I don’t use a guitar in performance anymore.
When I see 16 year-olds waiting for me, I just want to spank them and give them guitars and tell them to start bands. It’s a bummer that girls have to respond to rock artists sexually instead of, like, ‘wow, me too!’.
If there’s a song where there’s a possibility of guitar stuff that would be fun to listen to, go for it. Don’t worry about what anybody thinks.
Say what you will about Gypsy women, but they are remarkable assessors of blues guitar talent.
I like to play video games like ‘Rock Band’ and ‘Guitar Hero.’
I don’t really know why I chose bass except that it was different than guitar.
I enjoy the song writing process more than anything. It’s what I like the most, just sitting in my room with guitar or at the piano or something. Just making something up, something that’s not there, that suddenly is there.
Years from now, after I’m gone, someone will listen to what I’ve done and know I was here. They may not know or care who I was, but they’ll hear my guitars speaking for me.
A guitar is just theoretically built wrong. Each string is an interval of fourths, and then the B string is off. Theoretically, that’s not right, all the strings should be off.
It was Scotty Moore‘s guitar riff [in “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You“] when he was doing The Steve Allen Show that got me into rock music.
In my early days, I never used finger vibrato at all. I originally carved my reputation as one of the ‘fast‘ guitar players.
Ziggy played guitar, jamming good with Weird and Gilly.
While other guitars may have more twang or an esoteric atmosphere, the Les Paul is like a T-Rex thampling everything in it’s path .. it can be subtle if you want it to be, but it works best if you have an ‘armadillo in your trousers‘ and you want to articulate that
James Ralston, my guitar player, has performed with Tina Turner for about 22 years. Jim Hanson on bass has played with Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell and Bruce Springsteen, and they’re fantastic musicians and amazing singers they get a really cool vocal sound together.
I designed a guitar for Ibanez and then they started manufacturing it – it’s called the Jem – it’s 26 years old and I still play it. As a kid I liked Les Pauls and Strats, but they had limitations for the kind of playing I wanted to do.
I originally wanted to be a singer, but I was average. I made 18 records, but none were that great. I was in a dance band at Bournemouth Pavilion for three years, and I played guitar too.
There’s just a few people that call themselves stars can actually sit down with a guitar and sing you a song.
I can’t take any more white boys noodling around on their guitars.
When I began, the guitar was en-closed in a vicious circle. There were no composers writing for the guitar, be-cause there were no virtuoso guitarists.
Radiohead and Our Lady Peace are doing the seven layers of guitar, and I kind of jumped on that before anyone else did.
The guitar is my favorite and the one, I guess, I’m best at. But I play enough of the different instruments to be able to write with them and to, hopefully, to make myself look impressive on stage.
My interests are guitars, cars, and vacation. I’ve been playing guitar all my life. My dad was a professional guitarist, but I’m terrible, which lets me off the hook, so I just play for myself.
Electric guitars are an abomination, whoever heard of an electric violin? An electric cello? Or for that matter an electric singer?
I call myself a blues singer, but you ain’t never heard me call myself a blues guitar man.
I didn’t really learn how to play guitar until I was in college.
We weren’t listening to guitar bands, we were thoroughly ashamed of being a guitar band. So we bought loads of keyboards and learned how to use them, and when we got bored we went back to guitars.
Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It’s the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use.
I play guitar… I like to say that I’m pretty good, but it takes someone else to tell you that you’re really good.
So it’s more the musician in me that makes me stretch out and try different things more than anything. But, like a lot of guitar players, I have one certain niche that’s my thing that I’m better at than the others.
Growing up with my dad being a musician, it seemed like a male centric world to me. I just didn’t know many girls playing guitar.
I dedicated all the time I had to it. The 10 hour workout was just what I put in the magazine at the time, but for me it was every waking moment.
I play Rock Band, which is Guitar Hero times ten. You can play with four people, so when you have parties, you have a real band. Nobody ever wants to sing, so I’m always the one throwing down on the mic.
Probably my favorite artists to listen to James Taylor, Stevie Wonder – I haven’t gone back in a really long time and really listened to them – my first guitar influences. It’s been awhile since I revisited that.
When I moved to New York to act I was no good at working restaurantshosting, waiting, bussing, dishwashing – I wasnt good at any aspect. But I did have a guitar. So I would sing Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, but you would only hear the chorus because the train comes by every 30 seconds.
Some prisons don’t allow guitar because the strings can be detached and used as weapons.
When I usually use a theremin during a set, it feels…it feels good, because I get to take a break from playing guitar, it’s a little rest, really, and I know that it’s only five or ten minutes until the show ends and I can get a drink.
Jon Spencer
In real life I can play guitar, sure, but badly.
I’m really not that good at Guitar Hero!
I’ve just been recording mostly acoustic stuff, drums, and sax, and electric guitar. I’m just still writing songs and what not.
I like to sit in front of the computer, going through files of music, and recording the final vocals, guitars and what- nots. But the windows are always open and you can hear the crickets, birds, chickens, and even the sound of rain hitting the studio. The farm is a great place to hang out in, learn from and create music.
I write almost all my songs on an acoustic guitar, even if they turn into rock songs, hard rock songs, metal songs, heavy metal songs, really heavy songs I love writing on an acoustic because I can hear what every string is doing; the vibrations haven’t been combined in a collision of distortion or effects yet.
As a singer-songwriter, a solo artist with a guitar, I can only write so many weepie little bedroom songs.
I’ve tried to become a singer with the guitar and not let any technological licks run my life. Just write the licks and play them as best as I can as a part rather than ad libbing.
We’re looking to help our guitar buddies do their thing while at the same time we try to create something we might enjoy listening to ourselves. If anything we are trying to develop a vocabulary so we can converse more fluidly.
So it’s more the musician in me that makes me stretch out and try different things more than anything. But, like a lot of guitar players, I have one certain niche that’s my thing that I’m better at than the others
I bought all my friends guitars and I had a good time with my money. But then one day the IRS came knocking.
My father kind of had hopes that I was going to become an artist like him – the typical thing. Of course I could play guitar better than him when I was about 12. But I couldn’t paint better than him. So I went, ‘I’m going to be the guitarist of the house, not the painter.’
Robert Duvall saw me playing at a restaurant in Louisiana and invited me to be an extra in his movie ‘The Apostle.’ He gave me a guitar for my sixth birthday, and I thought that was the coolest thing in the world.
I created this picture of this character who would play the guitar effortlessly, who had no limitations, performing beautiful music, and he moved around with great acrobatic skills, just capturing the audience and being a great entertainer.
Life is too short to play bad music
Bob Brozman
Robby had a flamenco and folk music background. I was so enamored with watching Robby’s fingers crawl across the flamenco guitar strings like a crab.
When God plays guitar he uses Jeff Beck’s hands.
I’ll get up there and I’ll do my guitar solos in one of those space outfits.
I’m a bass player from way back and Paul is a guitar player and we’ve been in many bands.
As I try to get around with a guitar, a banjo and a suitcase of high heels and dresses, I treasure that little ukulele.
They said, ‘You have a blue guitar, / You do not play things as they are.’ / The man replied, ‘Things as they are / Are changed upon the blue guitar.’
If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.
I picked up a guitar, and I knew what I wanted to do.
I’m not Amy the star, I’m Amy the girl with the guitar.
When it’s a funky uptempo song, you’re basically having the same kind of release you would have when you have sex, only it lasts longer. Whether you’re playing it on the guitar or on the dance floor, you’re in that moment.
I told my father I wanted to play the banjo, and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday, and between that time and my birthday, I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar.
My real interest in music was the old 78 records and the sound of the music. I loved it and began to realize that one of the main sounds on those old records I loved was the guitar.
Mogami cable is durable and flexible enough to practically build a suspension bridge with but I’ll settle for using it for my guitars and amps!
(I was) my own teacher and pupil, and thanks to the efforts of both, they were not discontented with each other.
I’ve played the violin since I was seven but stopped because there was a stage when it became ‘uncool‘. I was listening to Nirvana and wanted to play the guitar, so I ditched the violin.
I did Bronislaw Kaper’s tune. He wrote “On Green Dolphin Street.” I mean, I did all those ballads, all them ballads from South America. All those tunes – the guitar concerto on Sketches Of Spain. All those are Spanish melodies. Some of them we made up ourselves.
There were drinks and food in full force, and some Moroi guy had a guitar out and was trying to impress girls with his musical skills—which were nonexistent. In fact, his music was so awful that he might have discovered a new way to kill Strigoi.
It was when I got to NXT with Dusty Rhodes, being the creative force he was, and told us to bring our most creative side every single week. One of those weeks, I brought the guitar and started telling stories while I played, and it just evolved from there.
In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing and what the drummer is doing, what the pianist and the guitarist is doing, and then you play something that compliments that, so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead.
Ridley Pearson also plays bass guitar and sings with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band made up of such successful authors as Amy Tan, Stephen King, and Dave Barry-a band that, according to Barry, “plays music as well as Metallica writes novels“.
I love to sing. I’m learning guitar right now.
Mary Mouser
I said this to my daughter, if you don’t practice the guitar, when you get older you wouldn’t be able to play it. It’s that simple. If you want to play the guitar, you put a half hour in everyday, but you have to do it.
I just managed to convince my grandmother that it was a worth while that was something to do, you know, and when I did finally get the guitar, it didn’t seem that difficult to me, to be able to make a good noise out of it.
I wouldn’t say I’m a very technical [guitar] player. I’m more intuitive – it’s always more about chasing an abstraction.
The [guitar is the] instrument most complete and richest in its harmonic and polyphonic possibilities.
Manuel de Falla
I got a lot more interested in songs that could hold up completely on their own, with just a guitar and voice. For some people that’s easy to do, but I find it’s really difficult.
I don’t really feel like a rock artist, but I guess in the small category of the world of music genres, that’s where I fall in because I’ve got a guitar.
My dad was a musician. He was a singer and he played the guitar, so music was always around.
Instruments fascinate me because they’re completely awkward. When I picked up a guitar for the first time I was like, “What is this?” because it’s so foreign and unknown.
Well, I’m known as a guitar-rock guy, you know? You’re not supposed to play with synthesizers. This is not in the rulebook.
It’s amazing what the acoustic guitar can bring to the picture.
Jeff Beck is one of my heroes and has been since I first picked up a guitar.
I wanted to be the best guitar player in the world. And then my dad got me a portable recorder, so I started writing my own music.
I don’t know why you’re making the poor girl play with you,” Peter said. “You’re going to completely slaughter her.” “Well, I am the greatest Guitar Hero player of all time,” Jack said.
Music has always been in my family, but it was mainly keyboards. I learned to play classical piano, but when I first heard the amazing bass guitar of James Jamerson, who played on all the big Motown hits of the ’60s and ’70s, I knew bass guitar was my instrument.
It’s part of our nature. As much as I love (brother and guitarist Eddie), if you put us in a room with no one else for 15 minutes, we’d be at each other’s throats.
I bought me a guitar about a year ago, learned how to play in a day or so.
Bobby Bare
I’m quite happy for my voice to be pushed up, whereas in the past I wanted it buried with the guitars, or part of the band, not like I was thinking of myself as ‘the singer’.
The guitar can go at a scream. It can yell at you.
If it works for the piece of music, I’m going to use it. I don’t want to be limited any more than [Bob] Dylan wanted to be limited by not using an electric guitar.
There’s just not a lot of guys around playing like that these days; a lot of steel players are plugging into stomp boxes, trying to sound like Jeff Beck on a steel guitar.
Listening is the key to everything good in music.
I consider myself as a singer first, but something that really helped me come into my own is that there’s not a separation between me singing and me playing the guitar. The two fed off the other.
A friend of mine, that I had known for some time, came up one day with an old guitar. I don’t know where he got it, I don’t know how long he’d had it, but he knew about two chords on it. He proceeded to teach them to me, and then we proceeded to go crazy over music.
When I was a kid in Eugene, Oregon, there was this fantastic guitar player who went out on the tables, chairs, out in the audience and played. So I started taking my guitar in the audience. I tripped, fell backwards and ripped my pants.
If I see a chick playing guitar, I’m drawn to that band immediately. I want to know everything, even if it’s completely electronic. But you have to really get my attention if you’re male. I can’t help it. It’s part of my nature.
Duane Allman inspired the group to explore the extended jam format that was already a staple of the Allman Brothers act. Moreover, his ferocious slide playing motivated Clapton to turn in some of the finest guitar performances of his career
Bob Whitlock
To sing you must first open your mouth. You must have a pair of lungs, and a little knowledge of music. It is not necessary to have an accordion, or a guitar. The essential thing is to want to sing. This then is a song. I am singing.
I played ‘Eruption‘ two times for the record, and we kept the one that seemed to flow … there’s a mistake at the top end of it whenever I hear it, I always think, Man I could’ve played it better … but I like the way it sounds. I’d never heard a guitar sound like that before.
I’d like to do a song that I wrote today about our government‘s increasing infringement on our right to privacy, but the lyrics mysteriously disappeared from my guitar case.
Somebody’s going to wake up and their job in life is going to be to make guitars. There are a lot of good, talented people.
It’s not like you’re being fake, it’s just the way you color it, like a guitar player uses pedals or different effects. That’s why I get so mad about people who are down on vocal reverb. It’s not a crutch, people, it’s an aesthetic choice!
I started out writing poems before I figured to put melodies to them and play the guitar. Somewhere, there’s a book out there on all those early songs and poems. I hope no one ever finds it. I don’t think it’s my finest work.
I had a good guitar, and I was a young, young kid.
I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.
God is playing my guitar, I am with God when I play.
Link Wray
You know what would be fun? Nobody wants to play Guitar Hero. But you can play the Beatles! You loved the Beatles!
Maybe its a case of one guitar feeling a certain way to the hands that makes one subsequently move differently over the strings, but my intent is always to wring the maximum emotional resonance out of the object in hand.
In a time when everything can be next day and ordered and put on credit and paid for, music to me is promise, all promise, very little realization. It’s the promise of walking into a room with a guitar and not being sure you will leave with an idea that will take, not being sure it won’t slip away from you.
I never really expected any of the music business to happen, but I’m glad it did. It was a very cool thing to happen. It was a hobby for me. I used to do it to meet girls. If you had long hair and could play a guitar then you got girls. That’s how I started. Then I fell in love with the music and got carried away.
John Martyn
You’re not going to suck.’’ ‘‘Not at the guitar, anyway,’’ Shane said, deadpan. Claire punched him in the arm. ‘‘Ow.
Then l learned to play guitar and l started writing songs and my mother formed for me a publishing business, so we started publishing and managing artists.
Because people don’t understand what computing is about, they think they have it in the iPhone, and that illusion is as bad as the illusion that ‘Guitar Hero’ is the same as a real guitar.
Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war -for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people. I’d say we deserve ours more.
A brilliant 1989 album, Oh Mercy; some career retrospectives; and two albums of American folk songs, with just Bob Dylan and his guitar and harmonica. All that culminated in the Grammy-winning comeback album, Time Out of Mind (1997). Once again, just as Dylan seemed to be out of it, he was back at the top of his game.
Most people can do what I do – they can do guitar solos – but they can’t do a good, hard rhythm guitar and be dedicated to it.
My main objective with a home studio – I could get into doing full band demos – but my first objective is to cut things like guitar tracks and solos at home.
You feel this pressure that people will take you more seriously if you play guitar, but I’ve decided I’m a singer and that’s enough.
When the muse hits me, or the mood, or whatever it is, I get my guitar out and I empty it out. I just start going through things to see what’s going to happen.
The very first concert I ever went to on my own was actually Rory Gallagher. In a one-month period in 1973 or ’74, I saw him, Thin Lizzy and the Rolling Stones. I wasn’t really a big Rory Gallagher fan, but I thought his guitar playing was fabulous. But Thin Lizzy, they were fabulous.
For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing.
The MUSIC is the most important thing, and the guitar is only the instrument.
It’s always great playing with other musicians. It’s also a great situation where I’m the older guy, I’ve influenced generations of guitar players.
I suppose ultimately I’m interested in music. I’m a musician. I’m not a gunslinger. That’s the difference between what I do and what a lot of guitar heroes do.
The main things to rebel against – over-production, too much technology, overthinking. It’s a spoiled mentality; everything is too easy. If you want to record a song, you can buy Pro Tools and record four hundred guitar tracks. That leads to overthinking, which kills any spontaneity and the humanity of the performance.
Until I was around 12 or 13, I only listened to classical music, mostly Tchaikovsky. But around that age, I started listening to Iron Maiden, and that’s when I purchased my first guitar, a pearl-white Westone.
For decades I’d flit from drawing table to typewriter to guitar with no sense of strain or contradiction. They all exercised the same psychic muscle (the Imagination), and working in one medium refreshed my appetite for the others.
Before, I was terrified on stage. I only play guitar during the acoustic songs. After a while, you can elicit certain responses from the crowd, like Elvis.
I think often times if a guitar riff is centered around the chorus or if it follows the chorus, then it often times turns into the actual hook.
I started teaching myself guitar because I loved singing so much. Then one day kind of out of the blue I found I was writing a song. It just happened organically.
I do more writing by myself than with anybody else. My best thing is sitting…around somewhere with a guitar, and having an idea. You never know where it’d come from. Songwriting is a God-given talent.
Bob Dylan is great. I’ve been compared to him a lot. I think when people see a person on stage with a guitar they just think, ‘Bob Dylan!’
I was training to be a lawyer… I was president of the law society at Glasgow University, and my bass guitarist was my secretary of my law society; the lead guitarist and writer worked at the law firm that I worked.
With the guitar I’ve suffered a great deal, but when I’ve had a good time, the suffering seemed worthwhile.
Paco de Lucia
I do not consider myself a guitar player. My father is a guitar player – I’m not.
You can’t go on stage and live – it’s false all the way. I can’t stand the premise of going out in jeans and a guitar and looking as real as you can in front of 18,000 people. I mean, it’s not normal!
Even though there are some great keyboard players on the album, there are a number of songs with no keyboard on them and the backing is all guitar oriented. This is first time I’ve ever done this actually.
Basically, I try to treat the electric guitar like an acoustic guitar. What you have to do is attack the instrument and know that your feelings aren’t controlled by the controls of your guitar.
Guitar players never listen to lead singers.
Out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. They’re cheap and totally inefficient, and they sound like crap and are very small.
If you are having trouble making a chord, get a book, that is how I learned. There are guitar tuning apps so you can tune your guitar, and just learn how to play along with your records. And it’s great to be able to play along with another musician. That is like trial by fire.
Guitar gigs were everywhere in the ’50s, and I started diddling around so I could keep working. Playing honky-tonk, simple stuff. I took a few gigs with an organ band that put me out front.
But I say these things in an objective dispassionate manner because, you know, and I can’t explain why, but being one of the greatest guitarists in the world simply is not very important to me.
A guitar is a piece of wood, and if this piece is resonating in a period of 40 or 60 years, it kind of gets to know what it is after awhile… the reason violinists play violins that are hundreds of years old. The wood learns to sing.
Dave Genn
And a lot of the technique and the little T-Bone phrases that define his style, Chuck Berry, when he rearranged the beat, they became rock ‘n roll guitar licks. So in essence, T-Bone was not only the first electric blues guitar player, but he was the first electric rock ‘n roll guitar player, really.
Duke Robillard
I wanted to come back to the guitar after three albums and almost 10 years. I started to miss this instrument and I wanted to come back to the guitar.
Ninety percent of all music is always crap, and when too many people decide they’re going to have guitar bands, then ninety percent of them are going to be crap. It’s just a given law.
Johnny Depp already seen how alcohol and drugs can get in the way of a career. And you have to remember one thing: Johnny was a guitar player and a rock-and-roller way before he was an actor. When he came to Los Angeles, he came with his band.
When I sit down and play the guitar, Im 20 years old again.
J.J. Cale
At school I had a really hard time being a guitar player. It’s like being a male ballerina in a way. It’s not the norm.
At a young age I thought, ‘Wow, that fiddle thing, that’s pretty cool. That mandolin is great. These drums, I like these drums ‘ They were Indian drums. And I was saying, ‘But that guitar. That guitar. Girls are going to like that guitar.’
I always lived with guitarists. When they would leave, I would just pick up their acoustic guitars and start doing finger picking and write.
I’ve always loved Ibanez guitars, and in particular 7 strings.
My wife bought me a vintage Gibson guitar that isn’t just beautiful but has tremendous sentimental value. I have plenty of guitars for live gigs but this is one to treasure.
No matter how long you play the guitar, there’s always something else to learn.
Grab a guitar, put some kind of strings on it, a banjo string, then a violin string, then a guitar string, tune it any way you want, and make some noise, and see what you get. And work on it until you get something that you think is interesting. That’s all there is to art for me.
I think I will just use guitar as backing. I’m not doing a traditional folk thing, but a contemporary thing-my own version of folk, if you like.
Yeah, my son likes a lot of guitar bands. He gave me something the other day which was really good. He’ll burn a CD for me full of things that he has, so he’s a pretty good call if I want to check some of that stuff out… The other two aren’t quite into that yet.
My guitar, I sing of thee ‘Tis with thee that I decoy And ensnare enchantingly the ladies I enjoy.
Sure I destroyed my guitar at every concert, but it was okay, because I’d always get a shiny new one the very next day.
You’re singing a song about making love to your drummer, well gay guitar pickers don’t turn me on.
Basically, I’m just a guitar player that figured out I wasn’t ever gonna be able to buy dinner with my guitar playing so I got into songwriting, which is a little more profitable business.
J.J. Cale
In 2010, I had been playing guitar for 50 years.
I wasn’t thriving socially, so I stayed in my room and played guitar all the time.
I just want to be a better guitar player, really.
One of my favorites has always been ‘Swap Meet.’ One of the reasons why I like that is it’s a song that’s in a drop-D tuning, and of course, also being a guitar player, it’s one of the songs that I really like the riff on it.
Chad Channing
From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles
I’ve always loved music, but I never really played anything. After ‘Walk the Line’ and learning to play guitar, and having that sense of performing, I think that certainly opened the door for me, for music.
Rock & roll is not so much a question of electric guitars as it is striped pants.
In most places that are rich in guitar culture, everyone uses their fingers, like in Spain or Africa. In Japan there are string instruments played that way. It is not until you get in the States that you find people using picks.
If you want to have any success in politics, sing softly and carry a big guitar.
Jimmie Davis
To stand up on a stage alone with an acoustic guitar requires bravery bordering on heroism. Bordering on insanity.
I love Jimi Hendrix obviously, and Jimmy Page and Prince. And also Elvis Presley is a really great guitar player. I don’t think he ever took lessons; he was piecing it together himself. But he has great rhythm. And rhythm, to me, you can use it to your advantage if you’re not all over the fretboard.
Kurt Cobain was Nirvana. He named the band, hired its members, played guitar, wrote the songs, fronted the band onstage and in interviews, and took responsibility for the band’s business decisions.
And they kind of left to find a guitar player at the very end, so you know, I don’t really take it as any slight that I wasn’t able to play on the record. It’s flattering just to play with them period.
A bad rendition of you is better than a good rendition of somebody else.
The disparity between being a 10-year-old boy playing air guitar, wishing I was a rock star, and the reality of the whole thing is insane.В  A girl will throw her bra onstage, and I say to myself, if I was the guy that pumped your gas today, would you throw your bra at me?
The guitar chose me.
The records that I like, they have life and warmth and soul in them. Like the slap back on Scotty Moore’s guitar on ‘Mystery Train.’ You’re not gonna get that in a computer. You’re gonna want a live room, you’re gonna wanna bounce the tape, you’re gonna want real musicians, in a room, vibin’ off of each other.
I get twitchy if I don’t pick up a guitar or sit at the piano every now and then… I have to do it; I don’t have a choice.
Nothing is more beautiful than the sound of the guitar.
I had piano lessons at five and started guitar at ten, but although music and acting was always around me, my parents never pressured me into it.
If anything, I don’t have any intention of recording music that’s just me playing acoustic guitar singing a song anytime soon.
I feel my spot is somewhere between a bass player and a rhythm guitar player. I play with a pick. I play very aggressively. I always have a distortion pedal in line, and I play less melodies and do more stuff against the guitars that create melodies.
I don’t really have a relationship with the guitar; it’s like my slutty lover, whereas I’m married to the piano
The kids called me King of the Surf Guitar. I surfed sunup to sundown.
I never stop being amazed by all the different ways of playing the guitar and making it deliver a message.
I can’t play the guitar, so the thoughts of playing one onstage at a festival makes me quiver, but I’ve been blabbering away in front of people since I was a child, so talking for a living isn’t the most daunting thing to do.
I wanted to hear the songs in the way that I had written them, which was very basic. All I wanted was drums and another guitar, and I was just going to sing.
When we make those guitars we make tons of prototypes, I have all those. And once a guitar has come out there’s all different versions and colours and woods and I have all those. There’s hundreds of them.
I write to the beat and let life play the guitar strings
I sit around and play acoustic guitar – usually acoustic, sometimes electric, occasionally piano, but more often guitar, just trying to come up with tunes. Ideas kind of pop into your head.
I love the Elvis movies. I used to watch them. In every single one of his movies he wasn’t acting as a car salesman – he was acting as a car salesman who loved to play guitar.
Anybody who’s a guitar player that’s spent that time with another guitar player, there’s nothing better than that.
I’m very fortunate to be doing the thing I do best, which is play guitar. There aren’t many other things I could do.
I have to work really hard to get the record deal – I have to spend years at it to get good. I have to practice to be good at guitar.
Playing acoustic guitar is like having sex with your clothes on. I mean you know how to do it, but it’s more difficult.
I enjoy all kinds of music. But it is kind of strange when I do parodies, instead of setting up drums and guitar amps.
I’ve played guitar for years, and wanted to play guitar, but we got halfway through the last one and realized we hadn’t used any.
My guitar is a mutation between a classic Fender Stratocaster guitar, which I played for years, and a Gibson solid-body like an SG or a Les Paul. It contains all sounds of the basic classic rock n’ roll guitars. It does what I want it to do.
If I ever get some free time I end up thinking about what to make next. I don’t pick up a guitar and start playing the songs I already know; I immediately try to write a riff.
I’m a very compulsive person, so I spend most of my time drawing or writing my diary, patching things up and carving bits of wood – I’ve carved two of my guitars.
The guitar part is the pivot of everything we do, so if you change the guitar part you no longer have what it is.
I used to play a few instruments including guitar and snare drums, but I think a musical background is an important part of a career. If you start out playing instruments you create a better instinct and feeling for music.
It turns out kids today still learn that four-chord progression when they’re just picking up the guitar.
When I was 12, I wanted to learn how to play the guitar, and I found a chord book in a shop, and I stuffed it down my trousers. And that’s how I learned to play the guitar.
I actually write my own music whenever I have a chance. I play guitar and sing.
I’m only myself when I have a guitar in my hands.
I got really excited about it. But then we went into the studio and tried to record some with different musicians, and it didn’t sound good. It didn’t work. So we put together the album [Unchained] with just a guitar and myself.
I think a “song” is, like, just play it on the guitar and sing it. You look out and see thousands of covers of “Animal” for example, so you think, “That was probably a pretty good song, because people feel like it’s satisfying to just play it with one instrument accompanying it.”
There are no rules or certain methods. I usually start with the guitar or piano and sing melodies over the chords. The lyrics seem to be born out of that, and the fact that it’s still a mystery to me is my favorite part.
When we moved back to the US, folk music was all the rage. So I traded in my banjo for a guitar.
Michael Storm
I definitely have a different perspective on music in general. But once I actually have a guitar in my hands, I think I disappear into the same black hole that I was disappearing into when I was 15.
I practice on the acoustic guitar a little bit, but I think I have reached the peak of my talent.
My son plays guitar, and he’s been at the Kennedy Center.
I put the guitar back in the case. I can’t even look at it anymore. Instead, I want to make brownies. I want an end result there’s a recipe for. I want to combine eggs and water and oil and chocolate and flour and sugar and vanilla and get something fulfilling.
The first guitar I ever got was for my 13th birthday.
I ended up starting guitar because I didn’t want to just be the lead singer.
I don’t have a very disciplined approach to practicing or anything, but I do tend to have a guitar around most of the time, which I strum on most of the day.
A Strat was a thing of wonder .. when I was 14 or 15, the Shadows were a big influence, and they had the first Strats that came to England. I like to play all kinds of guitars, but I wasn’t getting the sound I really wanted until I got a Stratocaster
Treat each guitar track-and each song-completely different. For example, if I’m using a certain amp and guitar on one track, I’ll deliberately use something else for the next tune or overdub.
Bryan Adams might not be what I want to put on, but he’s a pop singer with a great voice and great guitar tone. Plus, he’s done more for Canada than Rush have, because he works all the time. I envy him for that.
I sit down with a guitar player and if there’s a situation I feel strongly about, or a guy that I’ve been thinking about or if I’m mad at a guy, it comes out.
I enjoy playing the band as the band. I be the whole band and Im playing the drums, Im playing the guitar, Im playing the saxophone. To me, the most wonderful thing about playing music is that.
I had some music lessons and my mum played every instrument but the guitar.
Brandy Clark
My guitar wants to kill your mama.
My major influences were primarily guitar players and bands; I started playing bass by accident.
It was very satisfying knowing I could come in not really knowing what I was going to do, and at the end of the session feeling that I’d really done interesting guitar work and knowing that I’d really contributed to the music.
I like the guitar better these days. I like the bass, too, but it’s hard to fit a bass amp in a small car.
What happens is, especially when I was writing for my band, Creedence, and it’s the way I write now, I go into “guitar lick” mode. When I do, it sort of leads into a real song. I’d say to myself, your songwriting is coming up with a guitar lick, and the rest is easy!
I’d say writing songs is, for me, as much playing the tape recorder as it is playing guitar or writing words.
You hit a guitar, you hit a note, you hit a drum, you hit an organ. Meat and potatoes. Simplicity. Not getting too caught up in little tweezers of perfection.
I had this idea… I wanted the sound to sing and have that thickness but yet still have an edge so that it could articulate. So my dad and I designed the guitar… the one that was made from an old fireplace.
Anything that has more of Graham‘s guitar playing, I’m bound to like.
When you enter the realm of politics, you don’t enter it because you want to be popular. When I want to be popular, I pull on a guitar and sing a song.
For 20 years I’ve been screaming at these guitar companies, saying, ‘It’s abnormal to put your arm around an acoustic guitar that is about 6 to 8 inches deep.’ Your arm reaches over, and you start to strum, and then all of a sudden you get a charley horse in your back. The older you get, the greater the charley horse.
It is very important to me that my songs can sound amazing with a big band or orchestra, but just as powerful and touching with just me and my guitar.
George wrote Taxman, and I played guitar on it. He wrote it in anger at finding out what the taxman did. He had never known before then what could happen to your money.
If something is too hard to do, then it’s not worth doing. You just stick that guitar in the closet next to your shortwave radio, your karate outfit and your unicycle and we’ll go inside and watch TV.
I’d like to know how to play the guitar.
I’ve learned to take care of myself. You know, I try to stay conscious of whatever my energy is at all times, really. I mean, I come home from work, and, depending on the day or depending on what was going on, if I needed to adjust, I’d just meditate, or play guitar, or watch some Monty Python.
I’m not good enough to be playin’ much acoustic guitar onstage. Man, you gotta get so right; I mean, the tones, the feel, the sound. Plus, acoustic blues guitar is just that much harder on the fingers.
All the women in the world want a phony rock star who plays guitar.
My dad bought me a guitar when I was very young, and I never looked back.
I want to make hip-hop that can use guitars and soul and jazz and just fuse it all together. And I want to make this whole new sound that’s going to shock the world. Unfortunately, the masses didn’t receive it.
The jam stuff doesn’t appeal to me in general. My newfound love for the Dead came from Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia’s songwriting, not the elaborate guitar solos. I’m a song person. Once it starts to break out of that structure and become loopy, it’s uninteresting to me.
But that guitar is the perfect companion to the human voice. You rest it against your gut, against your heart, and when you strum it the vibrations go outwards for all to hear, but the vibration also hits you on your body.
I had sat in one day in Central Park with Bonnie and Delaney, and Duane was playing with them, so I asked if he wanted to work on an album. You never had to say to him how to play the guitar.
There’s such a wealth of arts and styles within the guitar… flamenco, jazz, rock, blues… you name it, it’s there. In the early days my dream was to fuse all those styles. Now composing has become just as important.
I love to sing, but I’m just terrible. I play guitar, and I play enough where I can play most country stuff, and I’ll sing when it’s just me.
You know, once you’ve had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that’s a hard drug to kick.
Running my hands really fast up and down the fretboard… I mean, anybody can do that. It’s the Guitar Olympics, and I can’t think of anything more pointless.
I love the notion of a dude sitting there with an untuned guitar tapping his foot and just singing his passion out; that’s what got me into music in the first place.
My first instrument was actually the trombone, but that didn’t last long. Soon I was playing guitar in bands from the time I was 11 or 12.
I’m bored. I need to be entertained. Sam is moping. I may kill him with his own guitar. It would give me something to do and also make him say something. Two birds with one stone!
I did pick up a guitar once, but the strings hurt my fingers so I put it down again.
I always loved rock guitar. I just never put it together that that’s what I’d end up doing.
It was quite nice to get an opportunity to introduce on the second album something a bit fresh for us. For the rest of the world, perhaps it’s not, because guitar is quite ubiquitous, but for us it’s exciting to just have guitar on the record.
There were no rules. There’s no guide to follow. I would just trust my instincts for some unknown reason. Something inside me would say, “This guitar is not loud enough,” and I wouldn’t know why. You never know how to reach that point until you’ve reached it.
I did the first backwards guitar solo on ‘I’m Only Sleeping’
I play the piano a lot at home. I write songs on the piano and guitar. I would like to actually play piano on stage. I don’t think I’ll get the chance for a while.
I bad a piano long before I bad a guitar, and the practice I got just playing those three chords in a basic 12-bar blues song was very important.
I got into guitar because no parent will buy their eight-year-old kid drums unless they’re divorced and trying to get back at their wife. You know what I mean?
My father had slowed down playing a little… I was ’round 10 or 12 years old. Every time he put his guitar down, I pick it up.
For me, I’m more of a songwriter than a guitar player or singer. And not having things to work on was really kind of nice.
If you have a great-sounding guitar that’s a quality instrument and a good amp, and you know how to make the guitar talk, that’s the key. It starts with the guitar and knowing what it should sound and feel like.
I don’t really collect guitars.
When you go to awards shows these days, you can walk through a room and they give you everything for free: sunglasses, guitars, stuff for the wife.
Personally, being somewhat envious of Richard‘s (Thompson) songwriting and guitar playing, it’s somewhat satisfying he’s not yet achieved household-name status. It serves him right for being so good.
P.I.L. has been a favorite of mine since high school especially there metal box album. The guitarist Keith Levine gets some of the best sounds ever to come out of a guitar. The songs are really free form and experimental and have a heavy dub influence.
I like loud electric guitars because I like how you can just lose your entire being in the sound.
Dorsey played the upright bass and steel guitar, as well as acoustic guitar. Johnny played acoustic guitar and together they were fabulous songwriters and singers.
Jimmy Griffin
I play guitar because it lets me dream out loud.
Michael Hedges
It’s just for some reason I’ve got just as many fans that only like me when I’m yelling or being funny or whatnot, and jumping up and down on a pogo stick while playing a fancy lead guitar. And they get mad when I sing a heartfelt emotional song and if there’s an album full of them.
I realized that I really didn’t like the sound of the ukulele so much so I started playing the guitar.
Always when I write my music, I take my guitar, and I improvise always with a melody, you know, lyrics in Spanish. But sometimes I use some words in English. I don’t know why. Maybe because I listen to a lot of music in English.
My D’Angelico is a jazz archtop guitar. That guitar was made for Glenn Miller‘s guitar player in 1939. It’s a ’39 D’Angelico New Yorker.
The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.
And I had not much of a voice. I didn’t play that great guitar either.
You can’t get a guitar player like Dweezil without his commitment to the work that it takes A) to be the musician that he is and B) to the music itself.
I’ll never be the best guitar player.
My dad has been playing guitar basically all his life. He’s sort of who got me into rock music.
I get on my porch with my guitar, look at my trees, and write a song.
I’m a struggling guitar player.
Every one of the songs was based around picking an acoustic guitar. That was part of the concept from the beginning, that the tempos were going to go from slow to almost mid-tempo.
Television was the only band of its ilk that treated the guitar with delicacy, not as simple rhythm support for teenage aggression.
If I’m playing with Ozzy it’s just a guitar thing. But with the vocals I feel like I’m studying for the SATs.
I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Marc Von Em as a singer, but when I heard his original stuff, I asked him to open up a 10,000 seat gig. Just him, his guitar, and his songs. He killed it!
It was endlessly amusing to me to try to imitate John Lennon and Paul McCartney‘s harmonies using the guitar.
Americans have been good at improvising for a long time, but in the last few decades, we have gotten very sloppy about the rote memorization of facts. That’s a discipline issue. You need the rote skill in order to have something to improvise off of, otherwise you are simply playing air guitar.
Anyone who can do the splits and come back up on the backbeat, as James Brown and Prince can, has my eternal respect. Prince, who is a genius of the highest order, can come back up while singing and playing the guitar.
I can write songs without a guitar.
I really wanted a guitar. As A little boy I used to tell people I was going to be a musician. They would humor me, and I’d make up thirty minute songs and drive them nuts.
Eric Clapton is my dream guitarist.
My guitar heroes are Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and people like that – so I’ve tried to make an album of Robert Johnson covers that, well, while not totally faithful for blues purists, is faithful for people like me that grew up with the ’60s and the electric blues-rock versions of Johnson’s songs.
Like, back in Albania, all my cousins sing, they play the drums, they play guitar, it’s like… a thing!
My goal from the very beginning was just to write good songs that don’t require any production to be felt or understood. I wanted to be able to sit in a room with a guitar and play the song from beginning to end and have it be as impactful as if you heard the studio version with all the bells and whistles.
I won’t be able to live without my guitar, my phone or my boots on tour.
Skylar Laine
For me it always comes down to what is a good song and I’m very old fashioned in the way that I like to make songs that have something classic about them whether you can play them with an orchestra or an electro synthesizer or an acoustic guitar.
Maybe I feel like I’m writing songs that don’t need to be saved or made more interesting by endless overdubs and studio tricks…maybe – remember, where I am with songwriting I have never been before – sparkly guitars and overdubs I’ve done (and will do again – see instrumental record in above answer)
Yes and for two reasons: one, I couldn’t find anything to imitate at the time, and secondly because what I heard on the radio didn’t bear any resemblance to what I wanted to hear on the guitar.
Bruce’s band is so different from the Grateful Dead; there’s no lead guitar player, for one thing.
I got my first instrument for Christmas when I was three or four years old. My parents got me a mandolin because it was the only instrument that would fit me because I was so small. I went straight from that into the drums when I was six, and then I started playing guitar when I was seven or eight.
I started out in a heavy metal band with a guy who could really play guitar, and I thought the only thing missing from Guided By Voices was a lead guitarist. In the early days, I would bring people in just to play leads, like Greg Demos and Steve Wilbur.
People think of songwriting as a very personal thing: A guy gets up there with an acoustic guitar and he sings his heart out, bares his soul.
I don’t see any rock stars playing an electric guitar from some new maker like you see in the acoustic guitar world.
I am the Great White Buffalo and I play an American-made Gibson guitar that can blow your head clean off at 100 paces.
The guitar’s still around me. I slip it off and put it down. I want to feel him. To feel his breath on my neck. The warmth of his skin. To feel something other than sadness. Hold me, I tell him silently. Hold me here. To this place. This life. Make me want you. Want this. Want something. Please
I don’t want to pooh-pooh modern pop. I appreciate that as well, but my personal favorite kind of music is guitar-based rock. I like grunge and garage bands and alternative music, but that’s more my personal taste.
Some are skeptical. My mom thought the guitar was going to fizzle out in two weeks, that it was just a fad-and that was in 1958.
Great musicians are great musicians, whether they’re playing a trombone or an electric guitar or a xylophone.
I borrowed a guitar at age 16 and taught myself to play because I wanted to write songs.
Guitar playing is not my strong suit. I cut my finger off, working in an oil field, and it don’t work anymore, so I’m limited as to what I can do on the guitar.
For me, something will come in my head and I’ll either end up calling my cell phone to record it, or I’ll just pick my guitar up and see what comes out. Sometimes it sucks, sometimes it doesn’t. So there’s really no set method behind it.
I don’t really love the guitar hero trip, anyway, so it’s not something I’m actively searching for or after. I don’t like what it’s about.
Guitar playing isn’t really for everybody.
She can play my guitar note for note, she likes to stick her tongue down my throat.
I’m not going to play lead guitar in a concert hall full of people, because I’m going to mess up a lot.
Most of my guitars have been instruments that look cool. I’m not picky. I never think, ‘Oh, this neck isn’t made of ebony,’ or, ‘These strings don’t feel correct.’ It doesn’t matter too much.
I leave scientists mentally scarred, Triple Extra Large, Wild like rock stars who smash guitars.
We play loud electric guitar music, and we’d hope that that doesn’t mean you have to act like an asshole.
I don’t touch electric guitars. It’s just not my thing – I stick with acoustic guitars only.
If a guitar is too easy for me to play, it makes me too laid back. I like to battle with my guitar.
And if the world does turn, and if London burns, I’ll be standing on the beach with my guitar. I want to be in a band, when I get to Heaven. Anyone can play guitar, and they won’t be a nothing anymore.
I write lyrics. I play the guitar. If the rest of the band had to do my schedule, they would be dead
If you want to play something that you hear, you need to listen with your mind’s eye. You’ve heard of the mind’s eye, right? Your mind has an ear too. It’s a kind of listening, but it’s not using your ears to listen. It’s listening with your inner ear, and that’s what you want to translate onto the guitar.
It’s quite similar to guitar solos, only with programming you have to use your brain. The most important thing is that it should have some emotional effect on me, rather than just, ‘Oh, that’s really clever.’
Sometimes I play guitar like a frustrated drummer.
As soon as I had a guitar I loved it, and I started playing in every spare moment.
David Rawlings
It’s always a pleasure when you can compose guitar parts from a strong vocal and not just put the melody on top of guitar riffs.
It’s been very hard for the guitar as a serious synthesizer to compete with keyboards.
It was shocking to see Nirvana play, because it was like, “Here’s this little guy with a monster-guitar sound.” And it was heavier than Black Sabbath. That was shocking.
We have a storage close by where I live, that’s very organised. My guitar tech, Matty organised it all, labeled everything.
A guitar is a very personal extension of the person playing it. You have to be emotionally and spiritually connected to your instrument. I’m very brutal on my instruments, but not all the time.
Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.
I use to think that the friction was a bad thing. Everything is to ease pain in our society; pain is very much the enemy. And I don’t think that’s true. Tension is a good thing. To be pulled tight: that’s the only way you can make a proper noise on the guitar or violin.
It’s that kind of in-born music thing – I could pick up the guitar and play something. It’s not something I consciously do.
Many kids and parents ask me, ‘What kind of guitar can I buy?’ It’s a great opportunity for those people to be able to buy a quality guitar that’s not necessarily a little Fender or whatever. Ernie Ball signature model guitar is something that’s more signature.
I’d like to do a tour with a bunch of people where it’s just them and their guitars. It would be like Lilith Fair – only everyone plays alone, and it would be competitive.
My ambition was just to be able to play guitar.
That it’s a lot harder to make a keyboard sound not-cheesy than a guitar.
I always loved rock guitar. I just never put it together that that’s what I’d end up doing. I had no aspirations to be a musician, but I picked up a guitar for two seconds and haven’t put it down since.
Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly two.
I get to play a scorching lead guitar, and there’s not much that’s more fun than that.
My philosophy is, honestly never collected anything that I don’t play. I know a lot of people that collect guitars, but for me, I want instruments that I play. And if I don’t play them, I don’t’ want to have them sitting in a closet collecting dust.
I’ve known Shawn for several years. And he’s just an amazing talent. He’s a great writer, a marvelous, marvelous guitar player, and plays really good fiddle.
‘Each man kills the things he loves‘. I recognise that in myself, in relationships, even with guitars, beautiful things that I’ve had and wilfully destroyed.
Yeah. I’m amateurish. I can play enough to write a song, or strum on a little guitar to write out a song. But, I don’t play well at all. I wouldn’t even attempt for a second to play in public.
There’s just no stopping those girls with guitars.
I got a bit bored of just me and my guitar.
So that’s the challenge for me and that has always been the challenge – finding that melody, that riff, that thing that just lights me up and makes me feel like it’s Christmas.
My first wife said, ‘It’s either that
guitar or me,’ you know — and I give
you three guesses which one went.
My cousin gave me a twin-neck electric guitar for one of my birthdays. It was amazing. Even though it was mine, I was never allowed to pick it up.
I don’t want to discredit people’s opinions of me, but you talk about the violin or the cello or lead guitar where you have to learn tons of chords, that’s much more difficult.
I don’t like guitar solos that are like, ‘Look at me, look at me!’ I like guitar solos that are little songs within the songs.
I’ll sit around and play my guitar; that’s how I write tunes.
I’m sure if Shakespeare were alive today, he’d be doing classic guitar solos on YouTube.
My son, Wolfgang, plays drums, guitars and bass.
Some of the songs I wanted to be really full, [but] there’s something to be said for just a voice and a guitar
I think Clapton is brilliant. He’s the only one who moved me. The only one who made me want to play the guitar.
I stuck with that size because I could bend the strings so well, and somewhere along the line I must have gotten it into my mind that I had small hands, so I was thinking I’d never be able to play a full-scale guitar, but I also felt like I was cheating or cutting corners.
The bulk of my set is instrumental and you have to give yourself and the audience some relief because a performance is not about great guitar playing it’s really about entertainment.
And my daddy could play a harmonica and also the guitar, so I guess I got a little bit from both of ’em, but I think mostly from my mother’s side of the family.
In any moment, I guess we could whip out a guitar and start playing old school.
I picked Dad’s guitar up when I was 8. It hurt to play, so I put it down and picked it back up when I was 15 and dug in. The guitar helped me come out of my shell and kind of gave me an identity at school.
Around age 11 or 12, I started playing jazz bass. From there, I went to electric bass and then guitar, which I kept up for a long time.
I looked at myself, and I just said, well, you know, I can sing but I’m not the greatest singer in the world. I can play guitar very well, but I’m not the greatest guitar player in the world… And so I said, well, if I’m going to project an individuality, it’s going to have to be in my writing.
My original interests and intentions in guitar playing were primarily created on quality of tone, for instance, the way the instrument could be made to echo or simulate the human voice.
Yeah, my dad bought me a guitar when I was like 10, and I didn’t really want it then.
I think I come under the singer/songwriter badge. I’ve always written songs right from the very beginning. Because of my style of playing people tend of me more of a guitar player than a singer sometimes.
Bert Jansch
It’s actually not that hard to play guitar in a rock band.
I took piano lessons when I was younger and I’ve been trying to learn how to play the guitar recently. I’d really like to learn how to play the drums. They’re a lot of fun and they require a lot of focus.
When I’m home on a break, I lock myself in my room and play guitar. After two or three hours, I start getting into this total meditation. It’s a feeling few people experience, and that’s usually when I come up with weird stuff. It just flows. I can’t force myself. I don’t sit down and say I’ve got to practice.
I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case & throw in a piece of raw meat.
In the last couple of years I’ve been picking up my guitar again.
It is a well-known mystery that guitar players suddenly get better once they are dead. Buddy Holly was the first. Stevie Ray Vaughan is known by a lot more people than had ever heard of him when he was alive.
I just play the guitar and write songs.
Every guitar has a personality.
Jol Dantzig
My chosen instrument is guitar and, fortunately, I’m able to muddle through that. I can play guitar to the point where I can express myself artistically.
Without a doubt, Eddie Van Halen is the greatest guitar player who has ever lived.
Guitars have been the obsession of my life. I first picked one up at the age of four and I’ve been a guitar junkie ever since.
I knew I wanted to sing when I was a very small boy. When I was probably 4 years old. My mother played a guitar and I would sit with her and she would sing and I learned to sing along with her.
There’s one piece of advice my dad gave me when he dropped me off at college. He said, “You’ve got the talent. You can sing and play guitar. That doesn’t make you any better than anyone else.”.
I was made to go to church and I heard the gospel songs, and every now then somebody would come through with a guitar and that was a thrill!
Gary Burnetts office is shelved with theological books, guitars fill the floor, and the drawers are crammed with CDs. In The Gospel According to the Blues, Gary brings his vocation as a New Testament teacher together with his passion for the blues and gives the reader scholarly knowledge and wise insight.
Steve Stockman
I grew up in the ’60s, which was a creative time, so it wasn’t that big of a stretch to go from a baseball bat to a guitar to a film camera.
One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.
I didn’t marry a Beatle, I married a broke student who played the guitar and ponced all my grant money off me for fags.
I used to play a lot of cricket at the junior level. Then I did my engineering and got interested in singing and playing the guitar. Yes, I’m a musician. From music it was a step away from cinema.
I would hole up in my bedroom growing up and teach myself guitar.
Here I was, this good guy that played football; I was gonna go play in college but I had a bad senior year. But I played guitar in assemblies whenever I could.
I bet a chef could get more pussy than a guitar player right now.
When you play guitar and strum, you’re using biceps and triceps to move up and down. I realized you could just turn your wrist, your forearm, using smaller muscles in your arm that are much more efficient and much quicker.
And this whole period of time of gradually working at being a better guitar player and songwriter have gradually led me to the point where I feel I’m doing a clearer representation of the thing that I’ve been feeling inside me since I was four years old.
I taught myself how to play the guitar. I never studied music.
A good example of a lyric that makes me laugh but might not hit anybody right away is, “Sit behind the guitar and play the chords,” just because it’s such a lame image. It’s not rock’n’roll at all to be sitting behind a guitar.
I could hear and feel music going on in me, and I couldn’t get it out. You can always depend on a guitar.
What I do now is all my dad’s fault, because he bought me a guitar as a boy, for no apparent reason.
I listen to other guitar players, yeah. It gives me new concepts and shows me where the instrument is going for the future and it is going some places. There are some musicians who are really putting out a good vibe with new theories. I try and keep up.
The expertise displayed by each musician is jaw-dropping and it’s matched by their sensitivity and taste… Lizzy Hoyt displays equal mastery of the fiddle, harp and guitar, complemented by an otherworldly voice. To top it off, she comes across as a truly natural and relaxed, people loving performer.
A good player can make any guitar sound good.
Mike Bloomfield
In my first bands I was a singing guitar player, but if you heard any of those songs you wouldn’t describe me as a singer. But I can make it work.
… by far the most astonishing guitar player ever has got to be Django Reinhardt … Django was quite superhuman, There’s nothing normal about him as a person or a player.
For ‘Narrow Stairs‘, the majority of the songs I brought in were guitar songs – songs we could sit in a room and just play. I can honestly say I had more fun and felt more inspired on this record than anything that we had done in a long time.
I look for what needs to be done. After all, that’s how the universe designs itself.
To get my sound in the studio, I double guitar tracks, and when it gets to the lead parts, the rhythm drops out, just like it’s live. I’m very conscious of that.
After Sleater-Kinney broke up in 2006 I had very little desire to play music. It took well over three years before picking up a guitar meant anything to me other than an exercise.
I was just learning to play guitar when Tracy Chapman came out. She wrote these songs, she played them by herself and I so admired her for that.
I guess because I had such a horrible life growing up, going from place to place not knowing what I was gonna do and ending up being homeless, there was a lot of pain and a lot of anger that was coming out through my guitar playing.
Scotty Moore plays one of the first really amazing riffs in rock history on Heartbreak Hotel with Elvis Presley … it was dangerous, it scared everybodys parents, which was part of the attraction then – as it still is now… it totally blindsided me and made me want to get a guitar and do that.
My ideal travel companions are my surfboard, wetsuit, and guitar.
I can’t even read notes. But I can teach someone how to make a guitar smoke.
I was in Australia in about 1996 when I played some acoustic guitar for some guys at a studio down there. They were pretty happy with it, and mentioned doing an album, so about a year later I met some people who were interested in recording.
Tom Curren
My guitar playing is a synthesis of traditional American acoustic style and Urban Pop and RB.
When it came time to hire a guitar player … I didn’t even have to think about it … Mike Bloomfield was the best guitar player I’d ever heard.
I come from a very musical family. My dad taught me to play guitar. I play violin and drums as well. Violin, I started in elementary school. Drums actually came when I was in a program called ‘Rock Star,’ which was really awesome. We were doing a song by the Ramones, so I thought, ‘Why not play the drums?’
The idea you start from is ‘What’s cool to a kid in their early teens?’ So we had the guitar in ‘Devil May Cry 3.’ Guitars are cool to kids that age, and motorcycles are, too.
Im a huge fan of Joe Walsh and a big James Gang fan. A lot of what I know about playing the guitar I learned from listening to him.
Like Guitar in Son of Solomon, and Son in Tar Baby, he believed that harmony could never exist between the races.
Heaven to me is percussion and bass, a screaming guitar and a burbling Hammond B-3 organ. It’s a soup I love being immersed in.
Greg Ginn was certainly a huge influence on my guitar playing. I put him up there with people like Eddie Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen changed everything; I don’t necessarily like everything he did, but he definitely changed everything.
You are working up to Mr. Fantastic Fiction levels of Zombie Expert, which is like playing Guitar Hero on some level that actually melts the guitar controller, burning your fingers with searing hot plastic till you scream in pain. Only with words. And zombies.
My mum says I wanted to be a surgeon, but I don’t remember that. I think from the time I knew what was happening, I wanted to be a guitar player.
Well I thought my pickin’ would set them on fire, but nobody wanted to hire a guitar man.
Trust me, the only real way to understand ‘Chic’ is in highfalutin terms. Our chord progressions were based on European modal melodies. I made those early ‘Chic’ records to impress my jazz friends.
I love ‘Guitar Hero,’ and I think it’s a part of pop culture.
There’s just certain styles of playing that you do play in your own way. Maybe it’s in the way your fingers bend, for all I know. And so whenever you pick up the guitar it’s not so much the sound of the instrument itself, it’s like the ting that you add onto it-the attitude.
I was deluding myself that the song was almost not important, but I think the real thing that was happening was almost like self-hypnosis or mediation. The guitar lick was the transcendental key that unlocked my brain. It freed me. And then it all became easy. It’s funny now, because I’ve had times when it wasn’t easy.
My nails are a disaster. If I play guitar when my nails are long, I just tear them off.
How we approached this was I wanted this to be personal in a way. It’s not a big, epic Hollywood score but really personal and intimate, and we thought guitar would be the perfect instrument for him because he’s young and he has an undying spirit and all that stuff and we went on that feeling totally.
I learned how to play guitar by playing along to Jane‘s Addiction records and Smashing Pumpkins records, things you can totally hear if you listen to my guitar.
As jazz fans, it was amusing for us to play jazz harmonies on these big, ugly electric guitars.
I just have some restaurants to just go and eat there. Do mean places to watch people? I like to go shopping look for guitars and stuff with my friends. Look at Meyer, great old instruments, talk about pedals and stuff
As a kid, I was into music, played guitar in a band. Then I started acting in plays in junior high school and just got lost in the puzzle of acting, the magic of it. I think it was an escape for me.
I can play the air guitar really, really well.
I tried to connect my singing voice to my guitar an’ my guitar to my singing voice. Like the two was talking to one another.
Once I got a guitar that was relatively user-friendly, but not super-duper easy, I really came on as a guitarist, at that point. It helped. It was a super-expensive guitar either, but something needs to steer you a bit, if you’re playing an instrument that is really hard.
So I started to learn guitar right away.
I wouldn’t just have other people write songs and me go out and sing it. I would sit down with a guitar and write 11 or 12 good songs for an album and that is gonna take a long time.
Tame Impala’s music revisits a time when guitar effects and studio tricks were music’s newest frontiers; when rock was barely old enough to drive and violently threw conventional ideas out the window.
I’m a horrible control freak. It’s awful! I’m nice, but if someone is folding some sheets while I am playing the guitar, I keep one eye on the way that they are folding the sheets.
Juana Molina
Pete Townshend used to crash chords and let the guitar feed back. He’s overrated.
There’s so much that can be done on the guitar. And that’s what is so good about the guitar – everyone can really enjoy themselves on it and have a good time, which is what it’s all about.
I never set out to write a certain kind of song, I just play my guitar and see if I catch something.
Jeff and Mike had taken drum lessons at a young age. When the Beatles came out in ’64, we all wanted to play guitar.
I’ve learned not to let it be the end of the world if a boy doesn’t like you. I used to put so much effort into boys. I started playing guitar because I wanted to impress this boy. Then, I ended up in love with guitar and I didn’t care about the boy anymore.
I started writing songs when I was 10. It was a natural way to express myself as a kid. It wasn’t until I started listening to jazz, joined the choir and picked up a guitar that my little hobby became something far more serious.
I’m trying to play guitar every day. I think I have a gift, and I’ve not been nurturing it for a long time. So I’m trying to pick it back up.
I like the guitar-driven music of Nirvana at its peak. At that point, I thought there was a lot of really exciting music coming out.
I play guitar quite a bit, because I’m always in search of something. I don’t play to jam, but because I’m fishing. I’m looking for something, that I hope you can never find. If I do find it, I’m afraid I won’t have a need to do this any more.
I’ve got holes in my guitar.
It is the most delightful thing that ever happens to me, when I hear something coming out of my guitar and out of my mouth that wasn’t there before.
One day, I just decided I’m ready to go. So I went down with my guitar and sat on the front steps of Sam Phillips recording studio.
I wasn’t very good at studies but was into a lot of extra-curricular activities. I used to play the keyboard and bass guitar in my school band and went on to study keyboard from Trinity College, London.
I’m glad I get singled out for my slide guitar-playing, which isn’t that difficult to do. I didn’t take guitar lessons, but I just love the way it sounds, almost like the human voice.
Its just something Ive always done. In South Texas, the first guitar you get is a Mexican guitar. And the first one I got, the first thing I did was take it apart.
Lots of people can have girlfriends. But I can throw around guitars onstage! That’ll be my epitaph: ‘He never had a girlfriend, but you should’ve seen him smash a Les Paul!’
You know, I like playing music and playing guitar, and I like to draw, so I thought I would end up just probably barely making a living, or probably having to have some other job, but being involved in one of those things that I really like to do. But that didn’t work out like that.
Saying a camera takes nice pictures is like saying a guitar plays nice melodies.
Unless the guitar works as a color, then I don’t use it, so I haven’t been playing guitar too much lately.
I play the guitar. This year at the Sundance film festival, I joined the band from ‘The Guitar’ on stage. We warmed up for Patti Smith, and then the director Michel Gondry got on the drums to play some songs from the soundtrack to his film Be Kind Rewind with Mos Def. It was pretty mad.
The thing about guitar players is we’re all like a brotherhood or sisterhood. We don’t care if you’re great, good, bad, in between or whatever. As long as you love it, then we’re all going to help each other.
Tommy Emmanuel
I didn’t want to fall into the trap of competing with all these other great guitar players. I just want to sidestep the whole thing and get out of the race.
I always call myself a “student” of the guitar.
She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.
As Mick Jagger will tell you, performing is an aerobic work-out. I’ve got the bass guitar, which is the heaviest of all the instruments, and I’m a little girl, in boiling-hot leather under the lights. You have to keep the fitness level up if you want to look good up there.
Like Paul Kraston said, all I ask in life is a water bed, a TV and a typewriter. Well, I’ll just have an ordinary bed, a TV and a guitar.
I try not to punish the audience by making them listen to too much acoustic guitar.
If you want to challenge the system, don’t go to bed with it.
I did play every little note on the guitar on that record
Guitar is the best form of self-expression I know. Everything else, and I’m just sort of tripping around, trying to figure my way through life.
I started on drums when I was 13 and played them for two years. Then I went to guitar for a year, played keyboards for a year and a half, and went back to guitar.
Mention Hubert Sumlin, as well, because Hubert’s a great man, and again, you know, I don’t play the guitar very good, but when I’m playing this kind of music, I always have him in my mind. I wish I could play like Hubert.
Didn’t want to be a star, wanted just to play guitar in this cockamamie business.
You’ve got to do something to fill up your day. And I can only play so much guitar and watch so many TV shows. It fulfills me. There are two things about it I like: It makes me happy, and it makes other people happy.
I wish I had met [Francesca] Woodman forty years ago. It would have been great to live with her for a year. She didn’t save anything. She played the camera like a new guitar. She murdered herself out taking pictures.
There will be some tracks on the next album which that will consist of mostly noise and feedback, whereas others may just have guitar parts and samples.
It was really hard to find people to come over and play guitar and sing and write songs together. So that turned me into a songwriter that way, just so I could be able to play with other people.
I tried to make guitars that were close to what my heroes played. That’s the way it’s done. My experience is that you have to do it like a musician. You have to learn the language before you can learn to be a novelist.
I never felt so close to a guitar as that silver one with mirrors that I used on stage all the time.
I mainly use Stratocasters. I like a lot of different kinds of guitars, but for what I do, it seems that a Stratocaster is the most versatile. I can pretty much get any sound out of it, and I use stock pickups.
I loved the guitar, and I had all of this music in my head. My passion for the guitar and the ideas for what I could create musically were equal. So that’s where I was.
Johnny Guitar… just one of my favorite singers of all time. I met him when we were both on the road with Johnny Otis in the ’50s when I was a teenager. We traveled the country in a car together.I would hear him sing every night.
I bought my first electric guitar when I moved to Memphis; a Gibson with a DeArmond pickup which I used with a small Gibson amplifier.
I always had wished somebody else would sing my songs, but there wasn’t anybody who knew them, so I sang them myself and eventually became a better singer and guitar player.
The SynthAxe enables you to achieve a whole world of sonic textures that you cannot get with a guitar. There was nothing like it before and nothing like it since.
I learned to play guitar at a young age and converted poems and stuff that I had written to songs.
I’ve sung since I talked, when I’m two, but what I sang was ballads, because it’s very hard to do a dance track with your little acoustic guitar when you’re a kid.
But you make me sing like a guitar humming . . .
I kinda taught myself how to play guitar, and I still play to this day. It’s become a pretty big part of my life.
So many bands are like, ‘I’m real because I’m dirty.’ If you have money for guitars, you can afford soap.
Pelle Almqvist
A lot of places we go, when they see the organ coming in, they’re expecting rock and roll, but after they hear us play they like it. To me, guitar cuts through-it carries more than organ. But organ has got more guts.
I’ve always loved the electric guitar: to hold it and work it and hear what it does is unreal.
I heard the Beatles and the Stones, and Mom bought me an electric guitar. I played lead for four years and then switched to bass. One day someone suggested that I should sing, so I sheepishly stepped up to the microphone and the rest is rock history.
I had a guitar sitting around, and it just happened to have four strings on it, and I would sit around watching TV and playing it. I ended up writing bunches of songs around four strings.
Heck, I’m no Henry Mancini or Michel Legrand. I just play the guitar and write songs.
I was a very bad musician. I was the world’s worst guitar player, so when I was performing solo with a guitar, I had to keep things very simple.
Loren Mazzacane Connors
Can you imagine a guy breaking into your car, and he steals your guitar case ’cause he thinks it’s a guitar, and he gets it home and opens it up and there’s a rake inside it, an electric toilet plunger and a dog skull? That actually happened.
I will always love the guitar as long as I’m alive, the Blues is my heart.
Eddie Kirkland
It’s just something I’ve always done. In South Texas, the first guitar you get is a Mexican guitar. And the first one I got, the first thing I did was take it apart.
Most of the time I sit down with my guitar or at the piano, and I play for awhile until I get a new riff or groove that I like a lot. Then I’ll concentrate on building around that line of thought by adding words and textures. At first I’m only trying to please myself, and hopefully what I like will appeal to others.
I had a guitar leaning against the wall and I’d squint at it. It was almost like a dog that had been kicked – I didn’t think I had anything to offer it.
You know, I’ve never done karaoke, ever. It makes me nervous – I think it’s the lack of the guitar and just a microphone.
Actually, because I’m so small, when I strike an open A chord I get physically thrown to the left, and when I play an open G chord I go right. That’s how hard I play, and that’s how a lot of my stage act has come about. I just go where the guitar takes me.
I’ve got a few guitars that I like. The trouble with fame and riches is that you have more than one guitar.
As far as guitar picking, if I make the same mistakes at the same time every day, people will start calling it a style.
If you play “I Don’t Want To Know” by Fleetwood Mac loud enough — you can hear Lindsey Buckingham’s fingers sliding down the strings of his acoustic guitar. …And we were convinced that this was the definitive illustration of what we both loved about music; we loved hearing the INSIDE of a song.
My dad didn’t want me to play guitar. He played piano, so I chose that. And I ended up loving it.
Yes, I love to play drums and bass and guitar and piano. Those are the main instruments I play. That is it.
If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it.
I really worked to try and be creative enough on the guitar parts so those who aren’t real educated would know that there was some difficulty in doing it.
It’s not so surprising that there are more women in metal bands. And they’re not just fronting them. There are drummers and guitar players, bass players.
We’ve always described our sound as a bit more guitar driven than normal pop music. Kind of Pink in a boy band form. We’ve heard a few people say that so now we use it. I think Pink is amazing person to be compared to.
Once I get onstage the tension explodes and I’m fine. I’m in another world – in a trance almost, doing what I love best, expressing myself through guitar.
There’s a lot of good rappers in England at the moment. There’s a lot of good dance acts. A lot of good, young guitar acts. I think a lot of groups came from that dole culture of the late 80’s/early 90’s – it’s not as easy now. I think there’s a dearth of working class bands.
Most of my music theory knowledge is based on piano. But I write on guitar a lot, too. I’m not a great guitar player by any means. I’m not a great instrumentalist. I play piano on stage. I don’t play guitar on stage, but I use it to write quite a lot.
Don’t be precious about anything-much less a certain guitar sound. There is always another interesting sound or effect just waiting to be discovered.
If you’ve got a guitar and a lot of soul, just bang something out and mean it. You’re the superstar.
Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.
Sometimes, you don’t need a $5,000 guitar – you need $5,000 worth of lessons.
Chris Smither
I think guitar-wise, Eric Clapton was a big influence on me. I got to spend time around him. He’s kind of strange, mysterious, serious and he always has played such hot guitar.
My earliest musical memory was getting to watch my dad play drums in a local band. He’s a banker by trade, but a drummer at heart. I remember seeing the guitar player do the solo from “Werewolves of London” with his teeth, and that was the moment that had me hooked.