Blues music is becoming more and more popular than it ever was. I'm always meeting people on the road that are really young, and are guitar players.... male and female.
The Blues scene now is international. In the '50s it was purely something that you would hear in black clubs, played by black musicians, especially in America. But from the '60s onwards it changed
I've written lots of songs on the piano. My mother had a piano and it was the first instrument I played
I've never stopped learning.
I do remember actually learning chords to Beatles songs. I thought they were great songwriters.
The Stones are a different kind of group. I realized that when I joined them. It's not really so much their musical ability, it's just they have a certain kind of style and attitude which is unique
The most important thing is to follow your instinct and get involved with some friends who have similar tastes and aspirations and like music as much as you do.
I had to learn chord shapes... I bought books with chord charts. I used to listen to all kinds of pop music.
The Beatles and The Stones were basically inspired by American Rhythm and Blues
I play the piano a lot at home, I write songs on the piano and guitar. I would like to actually play piano on stage... I don't think I'll get the chance for a while.
The Stones don't really need to do it for money, so they must get some kind of pleasure out of it. They're not like a group that's disbanded and gone away and made a comeback. They've always been there.
Maybe if I go far enough back into my ancestry, I have African roots or something. I've got no idea
I was very influenced by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, both of whom I had the pleasure of playing with and becoming friends with.
It's frustrating actually, the time involved in getting something released these days. My new CD has actually been finished for a year. It's only now that it's being released
It's not rubbish to say that I was a bit peeved about not getting credit for a couple of songs, but that wasn't the whole reason. I guess I just felt like I had enough. I decided to leave and start a group with Jack Bruce
I certainly want to get back to the US to play. It's such a big country. I've always liked playing there, and enjoyed living there. I lived in New York, LA, and Florida.
These days there's so much technology and ways you can learn. There are videos and CD roms.
I never advise anyone to sacrifice something else because of music, but then I don't see why they would have to anyway.
If you've been playing for a few years...especially in a group context... you'll see if you have the ability ... or the passion to want to carry on. It's something that you have to be dedicated to ...and you've got to love ..no matter what happens.
What I've always lacked is a really strong band to back me up.
I suppose because I have a good ear, I could pick out harmonies and learn by ear... I still think that you have to have an ear for music to really be able to feel and understand what you're playing. You can learn by watching and listening to other people.
I do to keep things sounding fresh. Sometimes just changing the running order of the show is a good idea.
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