Playing scales is like a boxer skipping rope or punching a bag. It's not the thing in itself; it's preparatory to the activity
When I joined the trio, it was as if I was capable of driving a sports car at 60, but Ray Brown and Oscar Peterson just kept pressing the pedal down, and I was trying to control the car at 80!
Charlie Christians' contributions to the electric guitar are as big as Thomas Edisons' contributions to the world.
I'm not interested in a marketable product: I'm interested in what I know from my life experience to be standards of excellence
Charlie Christian showed me a lot, and was a great help, but even then, I realised that if I was going to make it, it was no use copying Charlie
he signed his work .. you could always tell when it was Herb Ellis playing
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