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1. "I think a lot of modern day guitarists start off playing like Eddie van Halen, and they don't take the time to learn the basics."
Author: Alvin Lee
2. "It was by listening to Goodman's band, that I began to notice the guitarist Charlie Christian, who was one of the first musicians to play solos in a big band set-up."
Author: Alvin Lee
3. "When I began, the guitar was en-closed in a vicious circle. There were no composers writing for the guitar, be-cause there were no virtuoso guitarists."
Author: Andres Segovia
4. "If you're a guitarist, you should not be intimidated by using your instrument as a synthesizer, but you shouldn't feel that you have to own one, either."
Author: Andy Summers
5. "Every guitarist I would cross paths with would tell me that I should have a flashy guitar, whatever the latest fashion model was, and I used to say, 'Why? Mine works, doesn't it? It's a piece of wood and six strings, and it works.'"
Author: Angus Young
6. "Fame is not so impossible for people with charisma, passion and talent. Being famous just means you have fans, and even one or two is enough to make you someone special. Ask a music fan who the best guitarist of all time is, and while one group insists that it was Jimmi Hendrix, another group swears that it was Eddie Van Halen instead. There will never be a time when everyone on this planet agrees on something like that, but luckily that's not important. All that matters is that both sides remain loyal, which they will assuming you continue to be who you are and do your thing. This is all that you need to be immortalized."
Author: Ashly Lorenzana
7. "Eric Clapton is my dream guitarist."
Author: Carole King
8. "I trained as a classical guitarist but that was it."
Author: Colin Greenwood
9. "Guitar solos bore the hell out of me. Only a few guitarists interest me, and it's not about the solos they play, it's about the grooves they create."
Author: Dan Auerbach
10. "I first started actually playing guitar when I was eleven years old. I had some neighborhood friends who told me they were starting a band and needed a guitarist. I told my folks, and by the next day I had a guitar lesson set up with a local teacher."
Author: Darren Robinson
11. "Had Kurt Cobain not committed suicide in 1994, would his genius have survived the continuous incisions of a media that was only too proud of its ability to chisel away at his fragile psyche in the years before he decided that he'd had enough off their invasions? And, had Jimi Hendrix not passed way in 1970, would he, too have eventually fallen into decline, first equalled, then eclipsed by the brilliant wave of new guitarists: Robin Trower, Ritchie Blackmore, Mick Ronson, who emerged during the early 1970s? In death, Hendrix led by example: in life he could have been left for the dead."
Author: Dave Thompson
12. "In jazz, you listen to what the bass player is doing and what the drummer is doing, what the pianist and the guitarist is doing, and then you play something that compliments that, so you are thinking simultaneously and thinking ahead."
Author: David Amram
13. "I was training to be a lawyer... I was president of the law society at Glasgow University, and my bass guitarist was my secretary of my law society; the lead guitarist and writer worked at the law firm that I worked."
Author: Gerard Butler
14. "You're breaking up with me because I'm not a successful guitarist, and because I seem like I'm just a guy handing out pamphlets on a street corner! You're disgusted." This is why Adrian is disgusted with Adrian and has nothing to do with me. Very little of our relationship has much to do with me, which is one of the actual reasons I'm breaking up with him. He loves me but doesn't really understand me – so, in effect, does he really love me?"
Author: Gregory Sherl
15. "I carry my iPod everywhere. My favorite group is the John Butler Trio, an Australian jam band. The lead singer and guitarist writes amazing lyrics."
Author: Hope Solo
16. "I was not a great guitarist, so I sold my 1960 Fender Stratocaster in exchange for a Shure Microphone, made in Chicago, and a flute."
Author: Ian Anderson
17. "I wouldn't mind being the lead guitarist in an incredibly successful rock band. However, I don't play the guitar."
Author: Ian McEwan
18. "Actually, I wanted to be a musician, either a guitarist or a drummer. I guess my dreams were in the entertainment industry, and I landed somewhere along there."
Author: Israel Broussard
19. "The Beatles had some juice when it came to distortion, but Clapton was finally able to break through those early studio engineers' fear of overloading. He defined the sound that guitarists spend the rest of their lives trying to get."
Author: Joe Perry
20. "I set myself up to be a bass guitarist and bass players get a lot more work than people like me."
Author: John Entwistle
21. "Who I am as a guitarist is defined by my failure to become Jimi Hendrix."
Author: John Mayer
22. "I think guitarists are really over-admired and over-revered."
Author: Jonny Greenwood
23. "I've been invited to do a trio with a fantastic jazz guitarist and a harmonica player."
Author: Karen Black
24. "What does he play? Guitar? I have to say it: I bet a hot guitarist screwing your brains out would do a number on your writer's block too."
Author: Katy Regnery
25. "I think Wes Montgomery is the greatest jazz guitarist that ever lived."
Author: Kevin Eubanks
26. "I love collecting guitars, even though I can't play well. My favourite guitarists are Richie Blackmore, Jimmy Paige, and John Mayer."
Author: Kiefer Sutherland
27. "I got a lot from my uncle who is a really good ska guitarist. Very ragged makeshift rhythms and intricate lines."
Author: King Krule
28. "Although I'm a lead guitarist, I'd say that a good 95 percent of my time onstage is spent playing rhythm."
Author: Kirk Hammett
29. "I always lived with guitarists. When they would leave, I would just pick up their acoustic guitars and start doing finger picking and write."
Author: Lou Doillon
30. "I love the sound of Elmore James, the sound early guitarists like him got just by using minimal means."
Author: M. Ward
31. "I'm not a really good classical guitarist by any means, but what I learned from this is a way of working very slowly on solo pieces and I enjoyed working on these pieces of John's. They were not written for solo guitar but a lot of them were easy to adapt."
Author: Marc Ribot
32. "Things began to go wrong when I was seventeen. My band's twenty-year-old lead guitarist earned seven years in jail for a drug-fuelled spree of violence. The other band members were quick to let go of their musical dreams, but I never did. They did the ‘mature' thing: after writing off the band as a teenage fantasy, they got real jobs and made some money. They called it growing up. I called it giving up."
Author: Mark Rice
33. "Ben was more improvisational, and relied less on methodology, and basically is a guitarist who switched to bass, whereas Jeff has a more traditional approach to playing bass in a band, and has a great sense of what his band sounds like, and we lock up nicely."
Author: Matt Cameron
34. "Bruce is still my friend. We don't talk much. We don't have to. He is great and in his own league. I'm not him and he is not me. But we are on similar paths, writing and singing out own kind of songs around the world, along with Bob and a few other singer/songwriters. It is a a silent fraternity of sorts, occupying this space in people's souls with our music. Last year, I lost my right-hand man, the pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith. This year Bruce lost his right-hand man, the saxophonist Clarence Clemons. It's time for another talk; friends can help each other just by being there. Now both of us will look to our right and see a giant hole, a memory, the past and the future. I won't play with another steel player trying to recreate Ben's parts, and I know Bruce won't play with another sax man trying to play Clarence's. Those parts are not going to happen again. They already did. That takes a lot out of our repertoires."
Author: Neil Young
35. "I wanted to be the greatest woman guitarist alive. I had fantasies about being a female Jimi Hendrix."
Author: Phoebe Snow
36. "I started out by myself, but it eventually turned into a trio by the mid-'60s - a conga drum and another guitarist. And that's been mostly what I've worked with most of the time."
Author: Richie Havens
37. "When we started I wasn't the singer. I was the drunk rhythm guitarist who wrote all these weird songs."
Author: Robert Smith
38. "I wouldn't count myself as being a true blues guitarist because I feel you have to live it."
Author: Robin Trower
39. "If I could sing, I wouldn't be a guitarist."
Author: Robin Trower
40. "After the Soft Boys I just didn't want to work with any more guitarists."
Author: Robyn Hitchcock
41. "I am a self-taught guitarist. I just try to piece together passages that have some melodic value!"
Author: Sam Palladio
42. "I'm a crap guitarist and I find it really hard writing on my own."
Author: Siobhan Fahey
43. "I'm more of a strumming guitarist, instead of a lead soloist guitarist."
Author: Stark Sands
44. "Keep your vocabulary as wide as you can. I have some difficulty with the word ‘cool', and I'm not too bothered about the word ‘awesome'. People like me are looking to people like you guys of the next generation to deal with this shit. It's like seeing a rock guitarist pick up a Fender Stratocaster and hold it the wrong way."
Author: Terry Pratchett
45. "Guitar makes even have a word for these baby-boomers-who-alwyas-wanted-to-be-great-guitarists-and-now-have-the-money-to-indulge-those-dreams: dentists"
Author: Tim Brookes
46. "Richard Lloyd of Television is one of my favorite guitarists. His mentor was Jimi Hendrix when he was just 14. Jimi was always pounding everything he knew into that kid."
Author: Tina Weymouth
47. "If I could ask for any life, I'd like to be the lead singer and guitarist for Willie Nelson & Family. That is to say, Willie."
Author: Todd Lowe
48. "A guitarist or a drummer can get a cold and still play; I get a cold and sound like a wet mitten trying to sing you a love song. Charming."
Author: Tori Amos
49. "In my opinion I do not think I am a better guitarist than Ace, I honestly think we're both different, and we both brought something unique to the musical."
Author: Vinnie Vincent
50. "It wasn't a class system where I was the better guy and he was the second-rate guy. That was his role and my role was to play the solos. But he took great pride in his technique as a rhythm guitarist."
Author: Wayne Kramer

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