The first real thing I heard was Three O'Clock Blues by B.B. King. That's where it all began for me.
I go for as much feeling as I can rather than show what I can do up and down the neck. I don't play to show people ability.
If I could sing, I wouldnt be a guitarist.
The ability to make music is a gift that you're born with; it's not something you can learn.
It's impossible to play a run with as much feeling as a single note. I've never been so much into runs as making single notes cry.
When you start believing you're something special, then you're not going to be striving to move forward.
It's great to have something you can be proud of.
I was very keen on people like Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Gene Vincent.
Music has nothing to do with your technical ability.
My songs are more arrangements than they are songs.
I think the fundamental part of my technique is my vibrato.
While I was with Procol Harum, the only time I'd see my guitar was either when I walked onstage or in the studio.
Radio is commercial, isn't it. Its a business.
I wouldn't count myself as being a true blues guitarist because I feel you have to live it.
During my early period I had custom-made overdrive stuff because I didn't like what they were making at the time.
It all comes down to the density of the wood. Every guitar's different.
I think it's a sensible thing not to read your fan mail - not to take it too seriously.
It was an experience being on a Beatles tour. They weren't very good. The singing was great, but the playing was a bit weak.
A certain death of an artist is overconfidence.
A wah-wah is important as well. I love it; it makes the guitar scream.
I can't say I feel influenced by today's guitar players.
I didn't want to get attached to one guitar; I didn't want to have an instrument that was irreplaceable.
I feel that my playing on the first album was probably some of my best.
I feel I've been blessed with a gift of creativity and composition. That's why I've been able to keep going.
I got a guitar when I was about 14, for a Christmas present, and went from there.
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