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Chords Quotes

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I love power.
But it is as an artist that I love it.
I love it as a musician loves his violin,
to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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Motherhood is at its best when the tender chords of
sympathy have been touched.
- Paul Harris

I've been playing swing chords for a long time.
- Suzy Bogguss

All you needed was a couple of instruments and a few
chords and you could be on an indie label.
- David Byrne

 

Since I was doing all of it myself, I had to decide
where I wanted to go with the songs,
how to proceed with the chords, if the sound was alright,
and all that detail on my own.
- Utada Hikaru

I use a lot more chords than most organists and I'm
careful to phrase them with the guitar.
- Alan Price

It's really weird to be playing chords again.
Haven't played chords for a long time.
I realised I haven't played chord changes since OK
Computer and stuff like that.
- Ed O'Brien

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If you play more than two chords, you're showing off.
- Woody Guthrie

I don't think I think when I play.
I have a photographic memory for chords,
and when I'm playing, the right chords appear in my
mind like photographs long before I get to them.
- Earl Hines

Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.
- Fanny Crosby

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

My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one
broke and I decided not to put it back on:
when I play chords I only play bar chords,
and the top one always used to cut me there.
- Brian Eno

For some reason, the concept of writing with swing chords was intimidating.
- Suzy Bogguss

I realized by using the high notes of the chords as a melodic line,
and by the right harmonic progression,
I could play what I heard inside me.
That's when I was born.
- Charlie Parker

I do remember actually learning chords to Beatles songs.
I thought they were great songwriters.
- Mick Taylor

I used to help Viv with the chords and melodies sometimes.
- Neil Innes

I like chords that are very lush with all the lush parts taken out.
- Carla Bley

When I was on the air a lot my throat and vocal chords got tired.
If you don't vary your tones you can't get pretty tired of your own voice.
- Alan Ladd

I just like simplicity.
I like simple songs, I like simple chords,
simple vocals, simple lead guitar.
I just like simplicity.
That's just the way I like it.
- Jeremy Spencer

I learned some chords and I started watching anybody I could,
once I really got into it.
- Johnny Rivers

Country music is three chords and the truth.
- Harlan Howard

Sometimes you stumble across a few chords that put
you in a reflective place.
- David Bowie

If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.
- Lou Reed

It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold
Your Hand than to take lessons.
By this time I knew basic chords.
- Tommy Shaw

Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords -
philosophy,
art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather.
- Anna Jameson

I don't know about five guys against the world.
It's more like five guys against these three chords,
and we're gonna wrestle 'em down no matter what it takes.
- Benmont Tench

I tried several times to get the song right.
The tune and the chords that I started with,
there really wasn't anywhere else it could go.
I stopped fighting it and let it take me away.
- Nik Kershaw

I write the music because I can't really write lyrics.
But I can write chords like Robin's never heard of.
So I provide the music for them to add the lyrics to.
- Maurice Gibb

You treat the air as a canvas and the paint is the
chords that come through your fingers,
out of the keyboard.
- Pharrell Williams

Except for a few guitar chords, everything I've learned
in my life that is of any value I've learned from women.
- Glenn Frey

There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say.
The words just jolly it along.
It's always been my way of expressing what for me is
inexpressible by any other means.
- David Bowie

Other, far fewer, directors are more like the composer -
conceptualizing the piece,
scoring it, distributing its musical lines among a range of registers,
chords, and instruments.
- Thomas Harrison

The real beauty of it - key to my life was playing key chords on a banjo.
For somebody else it may be a golf club that mom and
dad put in their hands or a baseball or ballet lessons.
Real gift to give to me and put it in writing.
- Vince Gill

Since in music we deal with notes, not words,
with chords, with transitions, with color and expression,
the musical meaning always based on those notes as
written and nothing else -
has to be divined.
- Claude Arrau

In some types of music I'm working out all the chords one bar at a time -
the whole structure,
because it's about that.
And there are other pieces which are really about -
okay,
the melody is going to start here and play through to here.
- Danny Elfman

But we got up there and decided to stick to this mix
of power chords and funk and that's where it really started for us.
In having the courage to take that decision.
To take a gamble not just with our music but our lives.
- Michael Hutchence

Sometimes I think that I want to do something strictly basic,
really simple.
Just with a few chords.
But I won't have anything more than two or three sentences in my head.
That kind of evaporates once I start playing and then
it goes off in whatever direction.
- Tom Jenkinson

So I concentrated on the rhythmic side of things,
and therefore left a lot of holes.
I didn't want to use big pad chords everywhere.
All of the songs are built up of small melodies and
counter melodies all played very rhythmically.
- Midge Ure

A friend of mine, that I had known for some time,
came up one day with an old guitar.
I don't know where he got it, I don't know how long he'd had it,
but he knew about two chords on it.
He proceeded to teach them to me, and then we proceeded to go crazy over music.
- Charlie Daniels

We are the kind of people who obsess over one word...
but we have only one shot to get it right in concert.
It was hard the first time I practiced with them.
I was so nervous that my vocal chords were paralyzed for about a half-hour.
- Amy Tan

Those three chords were part of my life -
G,
F, Bb - yeh, it is, it is, and I can't help noticing it.
But there have been other things nearly as close to
it which people haven't noticed,
other things we have done.
- Ray Davies

You just pick up a chord, go twang, and you're got music.
- Sid Vicious

I think there's nothing better than seeing a three-chord
straight up rock 'n' roll band in your face with sweaty
music and three minute good songs.
- Joan Jett

Every action in our lives touches on some chord that
will vibrate in eternity.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing.
I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music.
The chord progressions are obvious references.
- Joanna Newsom

I had to learn chord shapes.
I bought books with chord charts.
I used to listen to all kinds of pop music.
- Mick Taylor

I'm still disturbed if a chord isn't together,
but your priorities change as you get older.
- Esa-Pekka Salonen

When you have 13 horns, and one is soloing,
you have 12 people to play the richest,
fullest chord you could ever imagine behind that solo.
- Carla Bley

So I learnt a few country western songs,
I bought a chord book, and right away I started writing my own stuff,
which nobody else did that, I don't know why.
- John Fahey

I tend to like songs that are very emotional,
that strike a chord with me emotionally.
- Martin Gore

You can't always write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say,
so sometimes you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.
- Frank Zappa

I got bored with the old way - it came too easy.
I worked until I could play and chord changes at any tempo in any key,
and then said 'What else is there?' Now I'm finding out.
- Don Ellis

I'm not joking around when I've said occasionally,
trying to learn how to play a D chord properly has
been a very big thing for me.
- Lou Reed

We'd hold a chord for three hours if we could.
- John Cale

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

I don't look at a knife the way I used to.
I'm more aware of what it is.
I think twice.
This is a key finger.
It's in every chord.
- Neil Young

It's like a piece of music; you never lose sight of the theme.
Each scene pushes off to the next like music builds
and you can almost hear the next chord progression,
so it has a strict structure, which is very compelling.
- David Strathairn

I don't understand why Europeans and South Americans
can take more sophistication.
Why is it that Americans need to hear their happiness
major and their tragedy minor,
and as jazzy as they can handle is a seventh chord?
Are they not experiencing complex emotions?
- Joni Mitchell

The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally
resounds with the same notes,
in vibrations which escape our ears.
As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us,
occasionally a chord, never a melody.
- Albert Camus

I'm definitely responsible for coming in with some basic chord changes,
or ideas.
Everybody in the band looks to me to come up with the basic seed,
so it's not very productive to come in with nothing.
- Billy Corgan

I think one of the best things you can do,
no matter what you play, is to take up piano.
Music is based on chord changes and harmonies,
and you can get 'em more out of an instrument like piano,
where you can hear all the notes at once.
- John Haley Sims

There's a difference between the blues of the New Orleans
guys and anyone else and the difference is in a chord,
but I can't figure the name of it.
It's a different chord, and they all make it.
- Jimmy Rushing

Talking about covers, whether visually or sonically,
if a particular combination of notes struck a chord
in your heart in a way that you want to be a part of
it by covering that song,
then there's nothing wrong with it.
- Ville Valo

We wanted to guide the musicians, so we could create our own sound.
We would never let the band just go in and play the chord sheets.
We were very focused on what we had in mind for these productions.
- Lamont Dozier

I'd have these weird experiences where I'd just be
walking down the street with this chord progression in my head,
this happened more than a few times,
and I'd walk home and find a fax in my machine and
it would match the music in my head.
- Duncan Sheik

Sometimes when you make a film you can go away for
three months and then come back and live your life.
But this struck a much deeper chord.
I don't have the ability yet to speak about it in an objective.
- Keanu Reeves

I just couldn't take school seriously:
I had this guitar neck with four frets which I kept hidden under the desk.
It had strings on it so I would practice my chord shapes
under the desk and that's about all I did at school.
- Alvin Lee

We have a set of sensible policies that are appropriate
for the 21st century and which strike a chord of appeal
with the silent majority.
Perhaps that is why we are welcoming new members every
week who have never before been involved in politics.
- Steve Blake

I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have,
to detect the music, not of the spheres,
but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that
the wind strikes upon the tree branches.
Have you ever heard the earth breathe?
- Kate Chopin

I went to my friend's house one day,
and he had an electric guitar he had just bought with a tiny little amp.
I turned the volume up to 10 and I hit one chord,
and I said, I'm in love.
- Ace Frehley

I didn't know that you were supposed to tune the guitar to an open chord,
and I learned to play slide with a normal tuning.
I think it's a little more melodic that way and doesn't sound so bluesy.
Of course, if I could play like David Lindley or Ry Cooder,
I'd be a happy man!
- Ken Hensley


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