A lot of times I wish I would have learned to read music, but I'm very impatient.
I can't do anything but play guitar.
I used to try and take things in leaps and bounds. Now I've realized it's got to be step by step.
Blues teaches you to develop coherent solos, because the form you're playing over is so basic. You have to develop leads that go someplace.
If you're not having fun it's not worth doing.
I'll hear something in my head, then eventually play it. But it's a subconscious thing. Most of the time I really don't know what I'm playing.
My family were all musicians. I really wasn't interested in school or anything.
You're in direct contact with the music by having the strings under your fingers. It's not mechanical like a piano.
My first joint I smoked onstage in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I smoked my first joint live.
I came in with a completely new perspective. I would write songs and they would pick tunes they felt were in the Purple vein.
Once I was playing and moving around and I fell right on my back. Just straight on my back. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life.
I don't like English bands. They're too structured.
When you come from the Midwest, you have a more open mind than if you come from the West Coast or the East Coast.
When I got to LA and was with the James Gang, I got the opportunity to write a lot, to play in front of large audiences, make some money.
I think the way I play the guitar is very percussive. I play a lot of rhythm chops as though I were playing congas or something.
When I first colored my hair, my mother loved it. I got kicked out of school when I was 15, just for my hair.
Right now I feel so inspired, it's hard to believe. I've written about 20 songs in the last two days. I'd gone about four months without writing a thing.
I'll play drums a lot at home, and it will help my wrist action.
The best money I made was panhandling.
I learned a lot about lead; you don't have to blow your cookies in the first bar. It is much harder to be simple that to be complicated during solos.
I want the new band to work together for a while, and when we're ready we'll invite every major record company to see us.
When I'm with Purple, I'm totally with Purple; when I'm doing my thing, I'm totally doing my own thing.
I have my own style, but it's different for each kind of music. There are certain little characteristic things every player has.
Lots of times it really doesn't matter what notes you play, but what notes come before and after a run.
All the different styles I've played have really helped me as a guitarist and helped me develop my own way of playing.
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