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Roger McGuinn Quotes and Sayings

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Leadbelly's guitar is in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
- Roger McGuinn

I don't really collect guitars.
- Roger McGuinn

Well, I guess that early 12 string.
The first Martin I bought.
I bought it around 1957 with money I earned as a janitor assistant.
I bought brand new.
I still have that.
- Roger McGuinn

I always got a kick out of it when they called it the
California Sound because it really came out of Liverpool and Greenwich Village.
- Roger McGuinn

 

Once I've written a song, I sometimes refine them.
- Roger McGuinn

The first 12-string guitar I bought was probably around 1957.
- Roger McGuinn

I play a couple basic folks songs and break them down.
I did that on a six string.
I can't recall all the songs on it.
There's some finger picking on it.
- Roger McGuinn

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Yes, basically, like you said, I'll work out a chord
pattern and work out the lyrics over that.
- Roger McGuinn

But in my imagination this whole thing developed and
I started mixing up old folk songs with the Beatles
beat and taking them down to Greenwich Village and
playing them for the people there.
- Roger McGuinn

Now, you can just get a laptop, get some software,
put a microphone on it and make a record.
You have to know how to do it.
It does help if you've had 35 or 40 years of experience in the studio.
But, it still levels the playing field so artists can record their own stuff.
- Roger McGuinn

The voices on the record, that was trying to treat
my voice like guitar players treat guitar tones.
- Gary Cherone

I pestered the hell out of everybody I ran into until
I could play the guitar well enough to write and sing with it.
- Don Johnson

I quit my band in New York City in 1969 and I got really angry at them.
I got angry at one of my guitar players and I dove
over the drum set and we got into a fight.
- Steven Tyler

I have no guitar technique.
- Warren Zevon

My first guitar, a Fender Jazz Master,
I traded it in for a Les Paul Deluxe.
- Lenny Kravitz

I borrowed a guitar at age 16 and taught myself to
play because I wanted to write songs.
- Adrian Belew

I never felt so close to a guitar as that silver one
with mirrors that I used on stage all the time.
- Syd Barrett

Currently I'm working with Parker Fly on a new Midi
guitar to arrive next year.
- Adrian Belew

Puberty hit me very hard, and I basically had no use
for school once I discovered the guitar.
- Rick Springfield

Once I picked up an electric guitar,
I lost interest in piano,
and I just wanted to rock.
I studied piano for so long, I got burned out on it.
- Juliana Hatfield

If you can't play it on an acoustic guitar or a grand
piano then it's not a song.
- Christopher Cross

I have no secrets; all of these things have been discussed
at length in guitar magazines over the years but are
far too elaborate to cover in one article.
- Adrian Belew

When I joined the band, being that I was going to take this up as a profession,
I realized that there were no two finer guitar players
in the world that I'd rather play with.
- Michael Davis

Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than
owning a guitar makes you a musician.
- Jeff Cooper

I started playing ukulele first for 2 years from age
9 to 11 and got my first guitar and got inspired by
blues I heard on the radio that turned me on and I started learning myself.
- Johnny Winter

I don't read music.
I don't write it.
So I wander around on the guitar until something starts to present itself.
- James Taylor

Every time the guys were knocked out by my guitar playing
and the girls were knocked out by the type of songs I did.
That set us apart from the average blues band.
- George Thorogood

The bulk of my set is instrumental and you have to
give yourself and the audience some relief because
a performance is not about great guitar playing it's
really about entertainment.
- Leo Kottke

You're better off being a brick layer if you're going
to play guitar than a sheet metal worker.
- Roger Daltrey

I guess I thought I was Elvis Presley but I'll tell ya something.
All Elvis did was stand on a stage and play a guitar.
He never fell off on that pavement at no 80 mph.
- Evel Knievel

It was my 16th birthday - my mom and dad gave me my
Goya classical guitar that day.
I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that
was the only thing I could ever really do -
write songs and sing them to people.
- Stevie Nicks

My 10 year old son likes it.
He's trying to play guitar and everything.
He likes that kind of music.
- Merle Haggard

Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock,
but that's not what I call rock.
- Little Richard

On acoustic guitar I tend to stay in the key of D for some reason.
On electric guitar I keep basic: C, G,
D, and A. The key of D minor is also real good for me.
- Tommy Shaw

Nobody seems to play Yamaha electrics,
but it's the best guitar I own.
- Daisy Berkowitz

I play piano and trumpet.
I studied classical guitar.
- Mike Figgis

I was a drummer and I played the guitar.
- Jam Master Jay

God is playing my guitar, I am with God when I play.
- Link Wray

I suppose my father was more influential in my starting to play the guitar.
- Andy Partridge

But KISS inspired me personally to pick up a guitar and go for it.
- Mike McCready

I was too broke to buy a guitar so I more borrowed guitars from friends.
- Ronnie Montrose

I play the piano a lot at home.
I write songs on the piano and guitar.
I would like to actually play piano on stage.
I don't think I'll get the chance for a while.
- Mick Taylor

Marc Bolan had inspired so many people to pick up a guitar and join a band.
- Tony Visconti

There's just not a lot of guys around playing like that these days;
a lot of steel players are plugging into stomp boxes,
trying to sound like Jeff Beck on a steel guitar.
- John Fogerty

While I was with Procol Harum, the only time I'd see
my guitar was either when I walked onstage or in the studio.
- Robin Trower

Still others want a traditional guitar sound if they call you for guitar.
- Mark White

I lie around and play guitar, that's something I do for sure.
In fact that's all I do, I think.
- Evan Dando

If you play acoustic guitar you're the depressed,
sensitive guy.
- Elliott Smith

I always use the same guitar; I got this guitar years
and years ago for nine pounds.
It's still got the same strings on it.
- Brian Eno

Well I was on the one hand, the more I played the guitar
the more I began to really love the guitar and to love
virtually any kind of music that anybody played well on guitar.
- John Fahey

There are a lot of people who can do it on the guitar
and sing at the same time,
but I think what is harder is bass players that can play the bass and sing.
- Graham Coxon

What I used to play was rhythm guitar before I saw Jack Bruce.
I said, That's what I want to do in life.
He was definitely the main influence.
- Geezer Butler

The greatest guitar player in the world today for me is Paco de Lucia,
who is actually Spanish.
- George Benson

As a teenager I started painting and playing guitar.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

The guitar was my weapon, my shield to hide behind.
- Brian May

Experimenting with different sounds is great,
but when it comes down to it, you're still playing a guitar.
- Daisy Berkowitz

My dad wanted me to play when I was a kid,
so I learned to play the guitar.
I pursued a career in music because I love it so much
and I enjoy what it does to those who hear it.
- Randy Travis

I always wanted a guitar.
I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also
listened to Hank Williams,
and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.
- Dick Dale

It's been very hard for the guitar as a serious synthesizer
to compete with keyboards.
- Andy Summers

The most obvious thing you can't do with a guitar synthesizer
is to really sound like a guitar.
- Andy Summers

If you don't know the blues...
there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing
rock and roll or any other form of popular music.
- Keith Richards

The guitar is a much more efficient machine than a computer.
More responsive.
- Colin Greenwood

I play guitar and I love the Beatles and melodic music.
- Stephen Dorff

Guitar players in the nineties seem to be reacting
against the technique oriented eighties.
- Kirk Hammett

My whole life is geared to play guitar.
I play what I want when I want and I hope the listener
gets as much pleasure listening to the music as I get playing it.
- Jim Sullivan

Dorsey played the upright bass and steel guitar,
as well as acoustic guitar.
Johnny played acoustic guitar and together they were
fabulous songwriters and singers.
- Jimmy Griffin

I took the rhythm place, which a lot of people didn't
know how to do the way I could,
and this was really the first time that Johnny had a rhythm guitar player.
- Rick Derringer

I didn't want to take the guitar solos down note-for-note,
but more or less use them as a map, and keep all the
hooks from the guitar playing,
and let myself come through.
- Brian Setzer

I play, like, 12 instruments.
Guitar, piano, harmonica, African drums...
I'm working on mastering the accordion.
- Lucas Grabeel

Arranging is the way I put my stamp on my music as
much as my guitar playing.
- Lee Ritenour

A wah-wah is important as well.
I love it; it makes the guitar scream.
- Robin Trower


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