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.
I think the fundamental part of my technique is my vibrato.
I was very keen on people like Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Gene Vincent.
It all comes down to the density of the wood. Every guitar's different.
Music has nothing to do with your technical ability.
There are no plans to do any more live stuff. I really feel like there's enough live shows out there.
My songs are more arrangements than they are songs.
During my early period I had custom-made overdrive stuff because I didn't like what they were making at the time.
I can't imagine ever going back to working with somebody else.
I didn't sit down and work out other people's material; I've never believed in that.
The guitar part is the pivot of everything we do, so if you change the guitar part you no longer have what it is.
The States still has the best audiences by far.
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.
A certain death of an artist is overconfidence.
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.
I got a guitar when I was about 14, for a Christmas present, and went from there.
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.
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