“I advise anyone who wants to learn guitar to get a teacher unless they are very musically inclined. One should learn all their scales too. That is very important.” – Prince, in his 1st interview for his high school newspaper.
“I’m only myself when I have a guitar in my hands.” – George Harrison
“The most important part of my religion is to play guitar.” – Lou Reed
“I’ll be forever grateful to this instrument for being the surfboard that I rode the wave of life on” – Nathan East
“I want every girl in the world to pick up a guitar and start screaming” – Courtney Love
“The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.” – Andrés Segovia
“If you hit a wrong note, then make it right by what you play afterwards.” – Joe Pass
“That old funny-shaped bit of wood is still staring me in the face every day saying ‘come on, you haven’t started yet!’ It’s infinite.” – Jeff Beck
“I just want to be able to play as fast as my brain goes, and my brain doesn’t go all that fast.” – Brian May
“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes” – Jimi Hendrix
“My first wife said ‘It’s either that guitar or me’, you know – and I give you three guesses which one went” – Jeff Beck
“Invest yourself in everything you do. There’s fun in being serious.” – John Coltrane
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you” – BB King
“You’ve got this piece of wood and some wires, pickups and some strings. How somebody uses that configuration to make something memorable, that’s what’s interesting to me.” – Don Felder
“It’s one that still happens, actually… forgetting a part of a difficult piece. Usually, the chances of it happening are directly proportional to how quiet and attentive the audience is.” – Steve Morse, when asked about his worst playing nightmare
“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.” – Steve Vai
“Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself.” – Miles Davis
“I don’t read music. I don’t write it. So I wander around on the guitar until something starts to present itself.” – James Taylor
“Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.” – Frank Zappa
“Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.” – Jimi Hendrix
“Give me a guitar, give me a piano, give me a broom and string, I wouldn’t get bored anywhere.” – Keith Richards
“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.” – Paul McCartney
“Sometimes you stumble upon a few chords that put you in a reflective place.” – David Bowie
“The great thing about music is that anybody can do it.” – Jarvis Cocker
“If you want to play something that you hear, you need to listen with your mind’s ear. 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.” – Steve Vai
“The creation and destruction of harmonic and ‘statistical’ tensions is essential to the maintenance of compositional drama. Any composition (or improvisation) which remains consonant and ‘regular’ throughout is, for me, equivalent to watching a movie with only ‘good guys’ in it, or eating cottage cheese.” – Frank Zappa
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.” – Albert Einstein
“The desire to be different can be a healthy thing as long as it does not become more important than the desire to play music that is enjoyable to listen to.” – Ted Greene
“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.” – Nile Rodgers
“But I also think that once you’ve found stuff that works, stop reading forums, stop reading reviews and just get out there and play.” – Guthrie Govan on being a gear nerd (or not).
“You can practice for 5 or 6 hours a day and go nowhere if you are trying to play just fast runs or fast scales all the time. When you are at home and your practising, you’re not performing so no one is listening to you, do it slowly!” – Dominic Miller
“I don’t know anybody who’s perfect. You go out there and do your best. And if you don’t nail it, then you go out the next day and you try to get it right. That’s really all you can do.” – Steve Gadd
“The guy that sings the blues, you can sum it up; things he like, things he don’t like, things he wish were, and things he wish wasn’t”. – BB King
““Practise is a word I don’t use. I use play. If you play, you get better.” – Tommy Tedesco
“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” – Rumi
More to come…
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