Jeff Beck is my idol .. sometimes he finds notes that I just do not have on my guitar. Frank Zappa's another one .. I loved Frank Zappa ... I do think Van Halen reinvented the guitar ... he's an excellent musician, a shrewd guitarist and as a person he's wonderful.— Ritchie Blackmore
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I've always played every amp I've ever had full up, because rock and roll is supposed to be played loud. Also, that's how you get your sustain.
The only way you can get good, unless you're a genius, is to copy.
That's the best thing. Just steal.
Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band - we wanted to play rock and roll only.
I have never met one person who likes Grand Funk.
Playing a Fender is an art itself. They're always going out of tune.
Pete Townshend used to crash chords and let the guitar feed back. He's overrated.
I however don't go to clubs to show off and to be seen, and certainly not to make statements. I just want to be able to quietly watch a band.
When I was 20, I didn't give a damn about song construction.
I just wanted to make as much noise and play as fast and as loud as possible.
I'm very moved by Renaissance music, but I still love to play hard rock - though only if it's sophisticated and has some thought behind it.
I don't see myself as such an important guitarist.
I'm not into that Keith Richard trip of having all those guitars in different tunings. I never liked the Rolling Stones much anyway.
Learning to play with a big amplifier is like trying to control an elephant.
The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.
Jimi... He was the gov'nor and that's it. He was brilliant, wasn't he?
Simplicity is the key.
If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.
I see someone like John Williams, the classical player, and the amount of discipline and the natural ability that man has is so frightening. That requires so much natural talent. And I think my talent came from just practising, and I feel a bit intimidated when I see players that good.
I was impressed by Hendrix. Not so much by his playing, as his attitude - he wasn't a great player, but everything else about him was brilliant.
I can do the old hand vibrato just fine, but I like attacking the strings.
Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He's very underrated.
I was impressed by Hendrix. His attitude was brilliant. Even the way he walked was amazing.
I'm not good enough, technically, to be a classic musician. I lack discipline.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was very intense. Maybe that's what caught everybody's attention. As a player, he didn't do anything amazing.
I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won't do a thing for me, if he's not playing electrically. But Jeff Beck's great to listen to.
Session work makes you more strict. You can't hit notes all over the place. You've got to make each one really count.
When something is not good, it's bad. Period.
I don't use the twang bar anymore. It's become too popular.
When you're recording, if you're not really clean in your playing, it sounds like a mess.
Those record companies don't know what's happening at all.
One of the reasons I took up the guitar was I didn't want to speak to anybody.
I really felt uncomfortable speaking to people, so I took the guitar up so I could hide behind it. I'm not comfortable explaining things, because my brain doesn't work that way.
Sometimes if I'm not playing well on stage, I'll purposely play even worse;
I'll tear it apart, because I'm so disgusted with what I'm playing that I'll go the wrong route: instead of trying to make it better, I'll go the other way and really make myself sound bad. Which is a kind of a strange outlook I suppose, really.
Everything I do is usually totally spontaneous.
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.
When you've toured for about 10 years like me, you end up feeling like you're always waiting for somebody or something. The whole day is a drag.
Combing my hair doesn't make me a better musician.
I've always thought that I'm not really a guitar player, but I just practised so much that I developed into a kind of a bit of a musician, but I've often doubted my musical ear. If someone sings me a melody, I have to improvise on that melody, because I can't retain the information they've given me. That's why I still practise today, I suppose, because I still feel inadequate.
What's the point of re-releasing an album? The original sounded good, why change something about it?
I can imagine that Rod Stewart likes giving autographs because he's pure showbusiness.
A lot of blues guitarists play with only three fingers, and they can't figure out certain runs that require the use of their little fingers. Classical training is good for that.
When you're around someone good, your own standards are raised.
I don't play by those rules; I'm my own worst enemy sometimes. There's something in me that has to go against the grain. You know, I don't like to be a dead fish, swimming with all the other dead fish, I like to go upstream sometimes, against the flow.
If you can play well in the studio, you can play well on stage.
I criticize my own work pretty harshly.
I can never remember what I do even in the studio.
I had given up the guitar between '75 and '78.
I completely lost interest. I was sick of hearing other guitar players and I was tired of my tunes.
I don't put myself on Jeff Beck's level, but I can relate to him when he says he'd rather be working on his car collection than playing the guitar.
Listening to as many guitar solos as possible is the best method for someone in the early stages. But saxophone solos can be helpful. They're interesting because they are all single notes, and therefore can be repeated on the guitar. If you can copy a sax solo you're playing very well, because the average saxophonist can play much better than the average guitarist.
I feel like I own the stage.
I like leaping around on stage as long as it's done with class.
None of this jumping up in the air and doing the splits.