The first real thing I heard was Three O'Clock Blues by B.B. King. That's where it all began for me.
When you start believing you're something special, then you're not going to be striving to move forward.
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.
It's great to have something you can be proud of.
It all comes down to the density of the wood. Every guitar's different.
While I was with Procol Harum, the only time I'd see my guitar was either when I walked onstage or in the studio.
I was very keen on people like Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Gene Vincent.
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.
Music has nothing to do with your technical ability.
I think it's a sensible thing not to read your fan mail - not to take it too seriously.
I think the fundamental part of my technique is my vibrato.
I have short hands. That's why I have to bend up to notes; I can't always reach the frets.
I got a guitar when I was about 14, for a Christmas present, and went from there.
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 don't tend to have a favorite album; I tend to have favorite tracks. There are flaws in every album that spoil it for me.
I go through about two Fender mediums a night because I don't pick straight down; it's sort of sideways, and it shaves them off.
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