(My Guitars – Storytellers All: Photo taken February 2016)
Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.
—Andrés Segovia (21 February 1893–2 June 1987)
I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing. They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it.
— Jimmy Page (9 January 1944– )
Discovering the guitar is like finding a new continent that exists within your fingertips.
— Will Hodgkinson in Guitar Man
Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it’s the last time.
— Eric Clapton (30 March 1945– )
What I’m trying to do is make impressions. I think of myself as a colorist, adding different colors and shades by using different techniques and touching the guitar in different ways. I’d like to play sounds you can see if you’ve got your eyes closed.
? Lenny Breau (5 August 1941–12 August 1984)
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 (26 May 1948– )
You can’t think and play. If you think about what you’re playing the playing becomes stilted. You have to just focus on the music I feel, concentrate on the music, focus on what you’re playing and let the playing come out. Once you start thinking about doing this or doing that, it’s not good. What you are doing is like a language.
You have a whole collection of musical ideas and thoughts that you’ve accumulated through your musical history plus all the musical history of the whole world and it’s all in your subconscious and you draw upon it when you play
— Joe Pass (13 January 1929–23 May 1994)
On May 23, 2014, I was able to overcome my fear of writing a story I had yearned to write for most of my life. I finally listened to the child in me who said aloud, “I need to learn to write this story . . . ”
Guitar Man: A Six-String Odyssey, or, You Love that Guitar More than You Love Me. Cambridge: Da Capo Press, 2006. Print.
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