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America is so vast that people buy records mainly of groups they've seen.
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But I stuck with the Fenders because I was so taken with their sound, especially when they were paired with a wah-wah.
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But seriously, the older I get, the more I want to hear melodies.
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But you have to give your whole life to a cello. When I realized that, I went back to the guitar and just turned the volume up a bit louder.
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Duane Eddy used to be my favorite. I also got into James Burton and Scotty Moore. Big Jim Sullivan was a big influence.
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Everything I do is usually totally spontaneous.
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Hendrix inspired me, but I was still more into Wes Montgomery. I was also into the Allman Brothers around the time of those albums.
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Hendrix was a genius. Or Clapton, in his early years. Those The biggest guitar player was, and probably is, Jeff Beck.
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I became tired of playing with orchestras.
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I can do the old hand vibrato just fine, but I like attacking the strings.
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I can imagine that Rod Stewart likes giving autographs because he's pure showbusiness.
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I can never remember what I do even in the studio.
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I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won't do a thing for me, if he's not playing electrically. But Jeff Beck's great to listen to.
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I criticize my own work pretty harshly.
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I do this because I like it. One shouldn't take music so serious. A man doesn't live only for the music.
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I don't put myself on Jeff Beck's level, but I can relate to him when he says he'd rather be working on his car collection than playing the guitar.
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I don't see myself as such an important guitarist.
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I don't use the twang bar anymore. It's become too popular.
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I don't want to throw myself on a stage and act silly, 'cause I see so many bands doing that today.
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I feel like I own the stage.
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I had classical lessons for a year. That helped, because I learned how to use my little finger.
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I had given up on the guitar between '75 and '78. I completely lost interest. I was sick of hearing other guitar players and I was tired of my tunes.
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I had given up the guitar between '75 and '78. I completely lost interest. I was sick of hearing other guitar players and I was tired of my tunes.
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I have never met one person who likes Grand Funk.
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I however don't go to clubs to show off and to be seen, and certainly not to make statements. I just want to be able to quietly watch a band.
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I like leaping around on stage as long as it's done with class. None of this jumping up in the air and doing the splits.
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I play a lot of single notes, and that's not classical.
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I play best if we're having a jam session. The stuff we do on stage is always basically the same, so I like to jam now and then to keep in shape.
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I really like some of Pink Floyd's stuff. Some nights their music is a disaster, but other nights works. It's chance music. Like some of the stuff I play.
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I thought, When I go to America, I'm going to get killed.
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I was impressed by Hendrix. His attitude was brilliant. Even the way he walked was amazing.
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I was impressed by Hendrix. Not so much by his playing, as his attitude - he wasn't a great player, but everything else about him was brilliant.
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I was into Wes Montgomery and the Allman Brothers.
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I was never sure what I wanted to be.
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I'm enjoying other things in life, but when I do pick up the guitar, I want to simply plug into a loud amplifier, and that's it.
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I'm not good enough, technically, to be a classic musician. I lack discipline.
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I'm not into that Keith Richard trip of having all those guitars in different tunings. I never liked the Rolling Stones much anyway.
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I'm very moved by Renaissance music, but I still love to play hard rock - though only if it's sophisticated and has some thought behind it.
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I've always played every amp I've ever had full up, because rock and roll is supposed to be played loud. Also, that's how you get your sustain.
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Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band - we wanted to play rock and roll only.
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If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.
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If you can play well in the studio, you can play well on stage.
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If you hold your guitar against the amp you might get a harmonic feedback, or you might get nothing. But that's what interests me: Playing with electricity.
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If you tune into Hee Haw, you'll see these guys who are absolutely amazing. Thank goodness all those amazing players stay in Nashville.
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In my early days, I never used finger vibrato at all.
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In Rock was my way of rebelling against a certain classical element in the band.
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It took about two or three years for me to develop any technique. Around '68 or '69 you suddenly hear it in my playing.
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It was difficult, because it's much easier to flow across the strings on a Gibson. Fenders have more tension, so you have to fight them a little bit.
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Jim Morrison was carried out because he was shouting abuse at the band. Jimi Hendrix was there. We were all drunk. The audience stopped dancing.
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Jimi... He was the gov'nor and that's it. He was brilliant, wasn't he?
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Jimmy Page had a volume pedal for violin sounds. Jimmy used to run around telling everyone that he played on certain records.
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Jimmy Page says he listens to piano solos. I don't see how that helps, because a pianist can play about 10 times the speed of a guitarist.
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Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He's very underrated.
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Learning to play with a big amplifier is like trying to control an elephant.
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Listening to as many guitar solos as possible is the best method for someone in the early stages.
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Maybe if I were 20, I'd pay more attention to equipment trends; at 45, you start to go in other directions.
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Pete Townshend used to crash chords and let the guitar feed back. He's overrated.
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Playing a Fender is an art itself. They're always going out of tune.
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Saxophone solos can be helpful. They're all single notes, and can be repeated on the guitar.
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Session work makes you more strict. You can't hit notes all over the place. You've got to make each one really count.
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Simplicity is the key.
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Some nights I feel like I can do anything. Other nights I feel inhibited. It all depends on what I'm feeling.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan was very intense. Maybe that's what caught everybody's attention. As a player, he didn't do anything amazing.
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That's what bothers me about the English soccer; they all kick that ball, in the vague hope somewhere will be a forward player.
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The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.
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The chord progression Bm, to a Db, to a C, to a G is a Bach progression.
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The danger I think is that you're obliged to like grunge.
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The only way you can get good, unless you're a genius, is to copy. That's the best thing. Just steal.
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The things you do in playing are subconscious. I can play much better than if I've had a lazy day.
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There was too little response from the crowd. You can feel that on stage.
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Those record companies don't know what's happening at all.
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Townshend was the first to break his guitar. He's very good at his chord scene too.
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Trying to play with 25 violinists sitting next to you was not the greatest fun.
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What I really wanted to be was Jacqueline Du Prey on cello. So I started playing cello.
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What should I do with young people? They're involved in a totally different kind of music. Young people are just too young.
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What's the point of re-releasing an album? The original sounded good, why change something about it?
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When I was 20, I didn't give a damn about song construction. I just wanted to make as much noise and play as fast and as loud as possible.
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When something is not good, it's bad. Period.
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When you're around someone good, your own standards are raised.
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When you're recording, if you're not really clean in your playing, it sounds like a mess.
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When you've toured for about 10 years like me, you end up feeling like you're always waiting for somebody or something. The whole day is a drag.
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Years ago I noticed guys with banjo strings, so I tried them. When I did a solo they sounded fine, but when it was over the strings would be out of tune.
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You may think you sound fabulous on stage, but when you hear yourself played back on record, it's disasterous most of the time.
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You'll never see me as a spokesman for the band either.
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