... 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...
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.
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.
Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band - we wanted to play rock and roll only.
The only way you can get good, unless you're a genius, is to copy. That's the best thing. Just steal.
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.
When you're around someone good, your own standards are raised.
Combing my hair doesn't make me a better musician.
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 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 don't use the twang bar anymore. It's become too popular.
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.
I have never met one person who likes Grand Funk.
Learning to play with a big amplifier is like trying to control an elephant.
Hendrix inspired me, but I was still more into Wes Montgomery. I was also into the Allman Brothers around the time of those albums.
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.
If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.
In my early days, I never used finger vibrato at all. I originally carved my reputation as one of the 'fast' guitar players.
The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.
Those record companies don't know what's happening at all.
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
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.
When something is not good, it's bad. Period
Jimi... He was the gov'nor and that's it. He was brilliant, wasn't he?
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