The guitar is the easiest instrument to play and the hardest to play well.— Andres Segovia
Provocative Guitar Playing quotations
Technically, I'm not a guitar player, all I play is truth and emotion.
Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it's the last time.
When the intellectual part of guitar playing overrides the spiritual, you don't get to extreme heights.
I have no fear of death, so I don't think about it.
I love the adrenalin kick that danger brings. Others get their kicks bungee jumping from tall buildings. I'm very, very competitive. I want to be the best at everything I do. It's not driving - it's everything - it might be playing my guitar, I try to be the best at it as I possibly can.
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.
So I played the acoustic guitar and harmonica and stomped my foot and I think I was right in assuming that Greenwich Village would be the best place to perform my own material and possibly get some attention, move on to making records and all.
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.
I like jazz, but I could never play it.
You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest, wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour.
I use heavy strings, tune low, play hard, and floor it. Floor it. That's technical talk.
I’m not trying to play the guitar. I’m trying to play music.
I wasn't originally a bass player. I just found out I was needed, because everyone wants to play guitar.
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.
Regardless of what you play, the biggest thing is keeping the feel going.
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.
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.
I started playing ukulele first for 2 years from age 9 to 11 and got my first guitar and got inspired by blues I heard on the radio that turned me on and I started learning myself.
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.
Guitar is for the head, drums are for the chest, but bass gets you in the groin
So, my big brother was playing guitar and I figured I'd try it too.
If you play music for no other reason than actually just because you love it, the skills just kinda creep up on you.
I like the bad-boy types. Generally the guy I'm attracted to is the guy in the club with all the tattoos and nail polish. He's usually the lead singer in a punk band and plays guitar. But my serious boyfriends are relatively clean-cut, nice guys. So it's strange.
Say you’ll marry me when I come back or, before God, I won’t go.
I’ll stay around here and play a guitar under your window every night and sing at the top of my voice and compromise you, so you’ll have to marry me to save your reputation.
My mom always told me I should have a Plan B.
I said that if I'm not going to play guitar I'm going to play drums. And if I'm not going to play drums, I'm going to play bass. I always just wanted to play music. I was completely obsessed.
For me, the most difficult thing is that I am learning melodies on guitar from some songs whose melodies were not meant to be played on guitar. Ever. They were intended mostly for keyboards or melodic percussion.
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.
Saying a camera takes nice pictures is like saying a guitar plays nice melodies.
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.
Playing the guitar is like telling the truth - you never have to worry about repeating the same [lie] if you told the truth. You don't have to pretend, or cover up. If someone asks you again, you don't have to think about it or worry about it because there it is. It's you.
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.
When I first started playing guitar, everyone was playing Chuck Berry and B.
B. King licks. I decided I was going to find other avenues of expression.
I play guitar because it lets me dream out loud.
The Mandolin is the bottom four strings of the guitar, backwards.
..so a person with dyslexia has no problem learning to play the Mandolin.
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 grew up with all kinds ofmusic, but my heart was particularly drawn to Country Music because of the guitar playing, the lyrics and of artists like Steve Warner and Vince Gill.