Guitar Quotes by Warren Zevon, Buddy Guy, Les Paul, Ally Condie, Sam Palladio, Austin Butler and many others.
My first love
was the sound of guitar.
You have to break
your fingers to learn how 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
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
I only want to do what I really want to do; otherwise
, I’m content to sit here
and play my guitar all day
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.
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
me, and it’s not about the solos they play, it’s about the grooves they create
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.
I’m a Christian
, a wife
, a mother
, a homeschooler, a conservative
, a citizen journalist
, a talk
, an insatiable
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
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
I just want to play guitar and be in a band. Same as I always did
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
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.
Guitars are kind of just, you know, sexy, especially old vintage
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.
The guitar is a meditative tool to touch God
and find love within
My father was a guitar player, and I was raised
with a super high standard of what good guitar playing was.
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
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.
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
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
Listen, the story
of the United States
is this: One kid, without
out of his house
, down the road
, with nothing but a guitar and conquers
. And we’ve done
that again, and again, and again вЂ“ Johnny Cash
, Hank Williams
, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen
, Jimmy Rogers
, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters
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
A guitar is more than just a sound box
… it is part of your soul
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
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 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.
I play guitar and I love the Beatles and melodic
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.
When I was 13, I asked for a guitar. And that’s how I really started explaining
my point of view
He is the king
. If it hadn’t been for Link
Wray and ‘Rumble’, I would have never picked up a guitar.
I love playing guitar. I grew
up with my dad playing. But acting
, I guess I’d say, in terms
of career and something that I really enjoy and feel lucky
to be able to do.
But remember, guitar players are a dime
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.
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
out over the incredible Aspen sky
and I wrote ‘Landslide
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
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’ll always leave
the same set of strings on my guitars when I’m recording. If I break one I’ll just replace
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
, as well as whatever hip-hop
and R&B stuff was on the radio.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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].
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
how amazing this innovation
is. Pure magic
I was just a music lover
what it would sound like if Otis Redding strapped on a guitar and played in a punk band. That’s it.
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!’
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.
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
You couldn’t not like someone who liked the guitar.
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
I can’t play guitar, but I can sure
make it howl
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.
I was down with Lucinda Williams and Mary
. 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.
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
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
they were amazing. They inspire
me more now than they did when I was a kid and are still the greatest.
It’s just me and my guitar, and the rhythm’s from there, and the poetry of life.
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.
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
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
at the beginning of that song.
The guitar is an orchestra in itself.
I still use the guitar pretty much just to hide
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
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.
I played for anybody
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.
I don’t think anything can touch the expressive
range of the guitar.
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
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
What’s the difference
between a classical guitar and a pizza
? A pizza can feed
a family of four.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
My sister played the piano. SheвЂ™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.
Don’t have much, but what I’ve got is yours, except of course my steel
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
that happened early in my career. He inspired
me with the way he harmonized and layered his guitar sounds.
, I played bass guitar in high school and in college and then I actually fractured
, 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 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 restaurants
, 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
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
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’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
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
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
me to be an extra in his movie
.’ He gave me a guitar for my sixth birthday, and I thought that was the coolest thing
in the world.
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.
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.’
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.
(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
. All those are Spanish melodies. Some of them we made up ourselves.
There were drinks
in full force
, and some Moroi guy had a guitar out and was trying to impress
girls with his musical skillsвЂ”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
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
I love to sing. I’m learning guitar right now
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.
The [guitar is the] instrument most complete and richest
in its harmonic and polyphonic possibilities
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.
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
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.
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
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
When I was a kid in Eugene, Oregon
, there was this fantastic guitar player who went out on the tables
, 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.
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.
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.
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
out of the object
In a time when everything can be next day
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
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
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.
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
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.
Before, I was terrified
on stage. I only play guitar during the acoustic songs. After a while, you can elicit
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 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
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
by the controls
of your guitar.
Guitar players never listen to lead singers.
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
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
And a lot of the technique and the little T-Bone phrases
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.
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.
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.
At school I had a really hard time
being a guitar player. ItвЂ™s like being a male ballerina
in a way. ItвЂ™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
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
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
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.
From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon
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
for me, for music.
Rock & roll is not so much a question
of electric guitars as it is striped
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
a big guitar.
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.
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.
between being a 10-year-old boy
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
today, would you throw your bra at 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.
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 donвЂ™t really have a relationship
with the guitar; itвЂ™s like my slutty lover, whereas IвЂ™m married
to the piano
The kids called me King of the Surf Guitar. I surfed sunup to sundown.
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 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 itвЂ™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.
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
” 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.
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
The first guitar I ever got was for my 13th birthday.
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.
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
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.
My guitar wants to kill your mama
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.
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
When you enter
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
with just me and my guitar.
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
, 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
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
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
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
I love the notion
of a dude
sitting there with an untuned guitar tapping
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
. I would just trust
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 вЂIвЂ™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
‘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
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
I play guitar because it lets me dream out loud.
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.
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.
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!
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
I won’t be able to live without my guitar, my phone
or my boots
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
As soon as I had a guitar I loved it, and I started playing in every spare
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
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
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
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
I get to play a scorching
lead guitar, and there’s not much that’s more fun than that.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
, it’s going to have to be in my writing.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
A good player can make any guitar sound good.
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.
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.
Scotty Moore plays one of the first really amazing
riffs in rock history
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.
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.
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
Walsh and a big James Gang fan. A lot of what I know about playing the guitar I learned from listening to him.
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
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.
are a disaster
. If I play guitar when my nails are long, I just tear
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
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
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
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.
I’m a horrible control freak
. It’s awful! I’m nice, but if someone is folding
while I am playing the guitar, I keep one eye on the way that they are folding the sheets.
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
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
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
. 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.
I didn’t want to fall into the trap
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.
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
, 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.
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
. . .
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
was getting to watch my dad play drums in a local
band. He’s a banker
, 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.