135 Guitar Player Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of guitar player quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about guitar man.

The Most Famous Guitar Player Quotes (Best in 2024)

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A good player can make any guitar sound good. — Mike Bloomfield

Besides being a guitar player, I'm a big fan of the guitar. I love that damn instrument. — Steve Vai

.. the guitar is just a wonderful instrument. It's everything: a bartender, a psychiatrist, a housewife. It's everything, but it's elusive — Les Paul

I’m not trying to play the guitar. I’m trying to play music. — Michael Hedges

I just love playing guitar, so that's what I'm going to do. — St. Vincent

When you think about where guitar playing is going today...: it's going everywhere at the same time. — Joe Satriani

Technically, I'm not a guitar player, all I play is truth and emotion. — Jimi Hendrix

One day you pick up the guitar and you feel like a great master, and the next day you feel like a fool. It’s because we’re different every day, but the guitar is always the same…beautiful. — Tommy Emmanuel

Someone told me the smile on my face gets bigger when I play the guitar. — Niall Horan

You can be a singer, and you can be a guitar player, but putting them together is another animal. — Gavin DeGraw

Short Guitar Player Quotes

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  • Guitar is for the head, drums are for the chest, but bass gets you in the groin — Suzi Quatro
  • I practiced two or three hours, sometimes none, sometimes six. It was very varied. — Julian Bream
  • Listening is the key to everything good in music. — Pat Metheny
  • I can't say I feel influenced by today's guitar players. — Robin Trower
  • The greatest guitar player in the world today for me is Paco de Lucia, who is actually Spanish. — George Benson
  • I invented rock & roll. Jimi Hendrix was my guitar player. James Brown was my vocalist. — Little Richard
  • For me, the ultimate form of expression is blues, where jazz appeals to me on an intellectual level. — Scott Henderson
  • Guitar players in the nineties seem to be reacting against the technique oriented eighties. — Kirk Hammett
  • To stay a great singer or guitar player, you've got to do it 24/7. That's what I do. — Sammy Hagar
  • You're always learning about this thing everytime you pick it up — Keith Richards
Guitar player quote It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.

Good Guitar Player Quotes

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The thing about guitar players is we're all like a brotherhood or sisterhood. We don't care if you're great, good, bad, in between or whatever. As long as you love it, then we're all going to help each other. — Tommy Emmanuel

To be a good artist / letterer / designer / guitar player it takes practice. A lot of it. More than you can even fathom when you're starting out. — Jessica Hische

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. — George Benson

Guitar player quote A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what the
A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what they are.

Buckethead [former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist] is probably twice as good a guitar player as me and Slash combined, and can stand having fried chicken rubbed up against his face all night for a couple of hours. — Dave Mustaine

Badfinger was pretty good. It was a very sad story, though, because the guy, he ended up killing himself, Pete Ham, who was a lovely fellow, he was a good guitar player and a great singer, he wrote, the most famous tune I would imagine is "Without You", you know the Harry Nilsson record. — George Harrison

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. — Guy Clark

Guitar player quote Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then I was
Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then I was young, eight or nine years, ten years old, I just want to be like my father.

Phil Robson is a disturbingly good jazz guitar player! — Dave Liebman

To be honest, I'm one of the least-technical guitar players around. I just want a guitar to feel good and sound good. That's it, period. — Scott Ian

My dad was good friends with the Bad Medicine Blues Band - one of the only blues bands in Fargo, as you can imagine! He took me out to see them play when I was 12 years old and I was really inspired by their guitar player, Ted Larsen. — Jonny Lang

I think it's a really excellent time to be a woman in music. A lot of the past was women fighting to be where women are now. Every once in a while I'll get the, "Oh, you're a pretty good guitar player for a girl," bullshit like that. But that's all changing. — Emily Kokal

Guitar Man Quotes

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Among God's creatures two, the dog and the guitar, have taken all the sizes and all the shapes, in order not to be separated from the man. — Andres Segovia

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. — Eddie Van Halen

A man can never have too many pairs of sunglasses or too many guitars. — Richie Sambora

My guitar is my torch, my soul carries the flame. Make no mistake, I'm a true blues man. — Big Bill Morganfield

A man can’t have too many guitars or too many shotguns. — Robert Earl Keen

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. — Johnny Winter

I didn't know that you were supposed to tune the guitar to an open chord, and I learned to play slide with a normal tuning. I think it's a little more melodic that way and doesn't sound so bluesy. Of course, if I could play like David Lindley or Ry Cooder, I'd be a happy man! — Ken Hensley

Reading a book about management isnt going to make you a good manager any more than a book about guitar will make you a good guitarist, but it can get you thinking about the most important concepts. — Drew Houston

There is no way I would play guitar like a tour de force like I did in Led Zeppelin. John Bonham, phenomenal drummer, young man with his technique, but do you think he would ever have the opportunity to play like that in another band? Of course he hadn't. — Jimmy Page

I didn't look up and say, "Oh, man, if I learn how to play a guitar I could make not much money, but I'd make a decent living like Eric Clapton or somebody." There wasn't nothing like that out there. — Buddy Guy

Guitar Music Quotes

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The guitar is the easiest instrument to play and the hardest to play well. — Andres Segovia

I'm only myself when I have a guitar in my hands. — George Harrison

There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres. — Pythagoras

Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, except, possibly two. — Frederic Chopin

A guitar is more than just a sound box... it is part of your soul. — Manuel Velazquez

I practice more than ever ... mostly scales and arpeggios ... and anything I can't do. — Julian Bream

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

I never practice my guitar. From time to time I just open the case & throw in a piece of raw meat. — Wes Montgomery

I don't want you to play me a riff that's going to impress Joe Satriani; give me a riff that makes a kid want to go out and buy a guitar and learn to play. — Ozzy Osbourne

I think its so cool that you can pick up the guitar and create something that didn't exist 5 minutes ago. You can write something that no ones ever heard before. You have music at your fingertips. — Michelle Branch

Guitar Instrument Quotes

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The best music happens when you have a personal connection to it. That same philosophy can extend to the instrument you hold in your hands: if a guitar means something special, you're bound to do great things with it. — Frank Iero

The ukulele was the first of many instruments they had bought for me. They got me a guitar when I was eleven, which my son Morgan uses until this day. They paid for 3 years of guitar lessons; they bought me a bass fiddle, which I still play. — Tony Visconti

But the reality is when you write a song, you should be able to strip away all the instruments and just have a song right there with an acoustic guitar and a voice, and the song should be good. — Dweezil Zappa

The guitar is a wonderful instrument which is understood by few. — Franz Schubert

I play, like, 12 instruments. Guitar, piano, harmonica, African drums... I'm working on mastering the accordion. — Lucas Grabeel

I really love that type of music where someone can take a guitar or light instrumentation and a beautiful voice and can send me somewhere. — Mark Lanegan

Write as you like, use the rhythms that come out, try different instruments, sit at the piano, destroy the metric, shout instead of singing, blow your guitar and ring the horn. Hate mathematics, and love eddies. Creation is a bird without a flight plan, that will never fly in a straight line. — Violeta Parra

The guitar is the most unpredictable and least reliable musical instrument in existence...and also the sweetest, the warmest, the most delicate, whose melancholic voice awakes in our soul exquisite reveries. — Andres Segovia

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. — Jerry Garcia

I'm not the kind of guy who deserves to play a vintage guitar because I'm too rough on instruments. — Tommy Shaw

Guitar Quotes

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Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician. — Jeff Cooper

If we replaced guns with guitars, then the world would be a concert — Thomas Ian Nicholas

Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it's the last time. — Eric Clapton

The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar. — Jimi Hendrix

With a guitar I would be able to express the things I felt in sounds. — William Christopher Handy

My sunglasses are like my guitar. — Patti Smith

My favorite guitar solo of all time was Elliot Randall's on `Reelin' In The Years'. — Jimmy Page

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

The guitar is your first wings. It's assigned and designed to unfold your vision and imagination. — Carlos Santana

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Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string. — Pele

Electric Guitar Quotes

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I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out. — Jimi Hendrix

Let’s be realistic about this, the guitar can be the single most blasphemous device on the face of the earth. That’s why I like it . . . The disgusting stink of a too-loud electric guitar: now that’s my idea of a good time. — Frank Zappa

Being 16 years old and getting an electric guitar is never going to get old. There's always going to be kids making music. There's always going to be kids in bands. — Dan Auerbach

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. — Glenn Hughes

I went to my friend's house one day, and he had an electric guitar he had just bought with a tiny little amp. I turned the volume up to 10 and I hit one chord, and I said, I'm in love. — Ace Frehley

The disgusting stink of a too-loud electric guitar; now that's my idea of a good time. — Frank Zappa

Electric guitars are an abomination, whoever heard of an electric violin? An electric cello? Or for that matter an electric singer? — Andres Segovia

I was interested in the electric guitar even before I knew the difference between electric and acoustic. The electric guitar seemed to be a totally fascinating plank of wood with knobs and switches on it. I just had to have one. — Jeff Beck

One thing I really hate about people who play both acoustic and electric is if they try to play electric style on an acoustic guitar. You must develop it as a totally different thing. — Rory Gallagher

Rock & roll is not so much a question of electric guitars as it is striped pants. — David Lee Roth

Guitar Strings Quotes

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I use heavy strings, tune low, play hard, and floor it. Floor it. That's technical talk. — Stevie Ray Vaughan

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice. — Andres Segovia

The Mandolin is the bottom four strings of the guitar, backwards...so a person with dyslexia has no problem learning to play the Mandolin. — Steve Goodman

My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there. — Brian Eno

Every guitarist I would cross paths with would tell me that I should have a flashy guitar, whatever the latest fashion model was, and I used to say, 'Why? Mine works, doesn't it? It's a piece of wood and six strings, and it works.' — Angus Young

String Theory describes energy and matter as being composed of tiny, wiggling strands of energy that look like strings. And the pitch of a string's vibration determines the nature of its effect. — Roy H. Williams

Guitar is easy, all it takes is 5 fingers, 6 strings and 1 a**hole — Keith Richards

I remember when I was coming up, the music stores where you could get guitar strings was where I got my records from. Now the place where you get your records from is where you can get your DJ mats and your mixers. — Jam Master Jay

My only expenses are probably guitar strings and records. — Chris Isaak

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. — Kevin Eubanks

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More Guitar Player Quotes

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As far as being a 'player's player,' you've only got to go to Nashville or Argentina and you can forget about it. The world is full of amazing guitar players, and you know it, and I know it...it's a humbling experience. — Mark Knopfler

I wasn't originally a bass player. I just found out I was needed, because everyone wants to play guitar. — Tina Weymouth

When I think of a lot of the players I admire, they could always play their parts without hiding behind distortion and sustain. Put the time in. Hear your mistakes. Yeah, it sucks, it's humbling, it makes you want to throw the guitar out the window. But if you work on your mistakes, they'll eventually go away, and you'll become a strong player. — John Petrucci

Look what venison does to a goofy guitar player from Detroit? I'm going to be 54 this year and if I had any more energy I'd scare you. — Ted Nugent

If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music. — Keith Richards

I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks. — John Lee Hooker

I started out playing guitar because Jimi Hendrix was my hero, so my roots were really based on Jimi Hendrix and his style of playing. — Joe Satriani

If you play music for no other reason than actually just because you love it, the skills just kinda creep up on you. — Nuno Bettencourt

I could have probably gone on and still played the part of the guitar player of Limp Bizkit, but musically I was kind of bored. If I was to continue, it would have been about the money and not about the true music, and I don't want to lie to myself, or to them or to fans of Limp Bizkit. — Wes Borland

I have a little history. I met Stone Temple Pilots, and their guitar player was a huge Extreme fan. Somewhere down the road, Extreme made its statement. — Gary Cherone

I always hated jazz guitar. I loved jazz saxophone but I hated jazz guitar. If I would buy an organ trio record I would make sure I'd buy one that did not have a guitar player on it. The sound was awful! — Tom Verlaine

My technique is laughable at times. I have developed a style of my own, I suppose, which creeps around. I don't have to have too much technique for it. I've developed the parts of my technique that are useful to me. I'll never be a very fast guitar player. I don't really know what to say about my style. There's always a melodic intent in there. — David Gilmour

It's always funny to me when people use the phrase 'Best guitar player in the world'. There are too many variables such as technique, uniqueness, emotional investment in the notes, etc. But If I had to pick one, it would be Tommy Emmanuel. Watching him perform can be a study in artistic and virtuosic human achievement. — Steve Vai

A lot of people think that if they learn to read music they are gonna lose their feel or their groove or something. It's the stupidest thing I have ever heard. — Frank Gambale

Every July, August and part of September I escape of the guitar, I escape of Paco de Lucia and I go to Mexico to the Carrabian. I have a little house there where I spend two months listening to music, no playing because I don't bring the guitar with me, fishing and cooking my fish and charging the batteries for new concerts. — Paco de Lucia

I assume most guitar players are like me. They're playing, having fun; then they get a magazine in the mail that says "Shred Is Dead" and they say, "What the Hell?" They throw it away and keep on playing. — Joe Satriani

When you heard Jimi Hendrix, you knew it was Jimi Hendrix. He introduced himself with his instrument. His attack to a guitar man, was, oh, something else! You think of one of the great American ball players, or one of the great fighters of the world, you know, that's the way he would attack any note on his guitar. — B. B. King

I'm glad there are a lot of guitar players pursuing technique as diligently as they possibly can, because it leaves this whole other area open to people like me. — Richard Thompson

Guitarists shouldn't get too riled up about all of the great players that were left off of 'Rolling Stone Magazines' list of the Greatest Guitar Players of all Time' ... Rolling Stone is published for people who read the magazine because they don't know what to wear. — Joe Satriani

As a musician and a guitar player, I can noodle as well as anybody. But from my background as a session musician, I always try to play what is called for by the lyric and listening to the song. As a writer, that's what I do, too. — Richie Sambora

To be a great band it's like you have that telepathy. You know when the bass player's in back of you without even looking. You know when your guitar player's coming up to you to lean up to you and sing into your microphone. You just know these things. You feel it. You feel the energy of it. — Scott Weiland

One of the things that was crucial for me I got from Rory Gallagher, which was the idea of, like, being a guitar player for life and living it. — Rory Gallagher

Randy [ Rhoads] had small hands. Boy, could he play guitar. He became an even better guitar player after he died. — Lemmy Kilmister

There is far more sensitivity in acoustic guitar players than could ever be compared to any synthesizer. That's a personal point of view but that's the way I see it. I think that's what it's all about. The drive, the fire, the passion - it all comes out on the guitar. — Jimmy Page

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. — Jimi Hendrix

I listened to classical guitar and Spanish guitar, as well as jazz guitar players, rock and roll and blues. All of it. I did the same thing with my voice. — Boz Scaggs

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. — Lemmy Kilmister

I don't remember that I copied any guitar player note-for-note. But I remember copying Charlie Parker note for note. — Joe Pass

I didn't want to fall into the trap of competing with all these other great guitar players. I just want to sidestep the whole thing and get out of the race. — Kirk Hammett

Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier. — Dick Dale

... 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. — Jeff Beck

At school I had a really hard time being a guitar player. It’s like being a male ballerina in a way. It’s not the norm. — Orianthi

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