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Born: 1945-04-14
Profession: Musician
Nation: English
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I don't use the twang bar anymore. It's become too popular.

Tags: Anymore, Become, Popular

I feel like I own the stage.

Tags: Stage

I found the blues too limiting, and classical was too disciplined.

Tags: Blues, Classical, Found

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.

Tags: Guitar, Lost, Tired

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.

Tags: Class, Done, Stage

I never work out my leads. Everything I do is usually totally spontaneous. If someone says, 'That was good; play that again,' I'm not able to do it.

Tags: Good, Someone, Work

I was always stuck in a musical no man's land.

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I'm not good enough, technically, to be a classic musician. I lack discipline.

Tags: Discipline, Enough, Good

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.

Tags: Love, Music, Rock

If a ballet dancer falls over, it's knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.

Tags: Ballet, Knowing, Looking

If you can play well in the studio, you can play well on stage.

Tags: Stage, Studio

In my early days, I never used finger vibrato at all. I originally carved my reputation as one of the 'fast' guitar players.

Tags: Days, Guitar, Used

Jimi... He was the gov'nor and that's it. He was brilliant, wasn't he?

Tags: Brilliant, Nor

Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He's very underrated.

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Pete Townshend used to crash chords and let the guitar feed back. He's overrated.

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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.

Tags: Makes, Place, Work

The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.

Tags: Instrument, Melancholy, Miserable
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Those record companies don't know what's happening at all.

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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.

Tags: Give, Song, Wanted

When you're recording, if you're not really clean in your playing, it sounds like a mess.

Tags: Clean, Playing, Sounds

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.

Tags: End, Feeling, Waiting

When you're around someone good, your own standards are raised.

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Learning to play with a big amplifier is like trying to control an elephant.

Tags: Control, Learning, Trying

The only way you can get good, unless you're a genius, is to copy. That's the best thing. Just steal.

Tags: Best, Genius, Good

Playing a Fender is an art itself. They're always going out of tune.

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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 was impressed by Hendrix. His attitude was brilliant. Even the way he walked was amazing.

Tags: Amazing, Attitude, Brilliant

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.

Tags: Attitude, Great, Him

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.

Tags: Full, Played, Rock

Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band - we wanted to play rock and roll only.

Tags: Hard, Rock, Wanted

Combing my hair doesn't make me a better musician.

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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.

Tags: Anyway, Liked, Trip

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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When something is not good, it's bad. Period.

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Everything I do is usually totally spontaneous.

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I don't see myself as such an important guitarist.

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I have never met one person who likes Grand Funk.

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Simplicity is the key.

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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.

Tags: Give, Guitar, Life

Hendrix inspired me, but I was still more into Wes Montgomery. I was also into the Allman Brothers around the time of those albums.

Tags: Brothers, Inspired, Time

I can do the old hand vibrato just fine, but I like attacking the strings.

Tags: Fine, Hand, Old

I can imagine that Rod Stewart likes giving autographs because he's pure showbusiness.

Tags: Giving, Imagine, Pure

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.

Tags: Great, Playing, Won

I criticize my own work pretty harshly.

Tags: Criticize, Pretty, Work

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.

Tags: Car, Guitar, Him
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