When I was a little boy, I told my dad, 'When I grow up, I want to be a musician.' My dad said: 'You can't do both, Son'.— Chet Atkins
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A long apprenticeship is the most logical way to success.
The only alternative is overnight stardom, but I can't give you a formula for that.
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.
Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre.
Everyone has their own sound, and if you're heard enough, folks will come to recognize it. Style however, is a different thing. Try to express your own ideas. It's much more difficult to do, but the rewards are there if you're good enough to pull it off.
Once you become predictable, no one's interested anymore.
You shape your own destiny.
Approach your guitar intelligently, and if there are limits, don't deny them.
Work within your restrictions. Somethings you can do better than others, some things you can't do as well. So accentuate the positive.
If you hear something you like, and you're halfway like the public, chances are they'll like it too.
The last song I recorded with [Hank Williams, Sr.
] was "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." I remember thinking, "Hoss, you're not just jivin'," because he was so weak that all he could do was sing a few lines and then just fall in the chair.
Lenny Breau is one of the true geniuses of the guitar.
I suppose he is a musician's musician. His knowledge of the instrument and the music is so vast, and I think that's what knocks people out about him. But he's such a tasty player too. I think if Chopin had played guitar, he would have sounded like Lenny Breau.
It took me 20 years to learn I couldn't tune too well. And by that time I was too rich to care.
Ray Cummins is my good friend and one of the best finger pickers around.
There is a long history in country music of songs celebrating drinking and lamenting drinking. Country songs for the most part have always been heavily rooted in reality. The first artists were the people next door. They would sing on their porch or in their living room or at a barn dance. They sang about what they knew, and a lot of that was drinking.
You want a little talent on that?
Copying one person is stealing. Copying ten is research.
Do it again on the next verse, and people think you meant it.
It takes a lot of devotion and work, or maybe I should say play, because if you love it, that's what it amounts to I haven't found any shortcuts, and I've been looking for a long time.
I'll always be poor in my mind.
Elvis changed the country music scene quite a bit; he almost put country music out of business.