I try to be prepared for the moment, through understanding and being warmed up, knowing all about chords and scales, so I don't even have to think and I can get right to what it is I want to say.Pat Metheny
My chops were not as fast, but I just learned more on what was in my mind than what was in my chops.
I learned a long time ago that one note can go a long way if it's the right one, and it will probably whip the guy with twenty notes.Les Paul
Institutions treat us as parts of a machine. They assign us ranks and place considerable pressure on us to fulfill our defined roles. We need something to help us restore our lost or distorted humanity.
Each of us has suppressed feelings that have built up, a voiceless cry in the depths of our souls, waiting for expression. Art, both in practice and appreciation, gives those feelings voice and form.Daisaku Ikeda
I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.Miles Davis
The general attitude is, "I want it, and I want it now!"
But it really takes years if you're going to do it right, and a lot of kids just don't want to take the time to work on it and see where it's all going, and what it means, and where it comes from, and how they should apply it and use it in playing their songs.
It doesn't make any difference how technically good you are or fast you are or how many notes you know. You just can't do it in two years.Johnny Winter
Approach your guitar intelligently, and if there are limits, don't deny them.
Work within your restrictions. Somethings you can do better than others, some things you can't do as well.
To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.Robert Carse
Creativity is making mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.Scott Adams
No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a strange, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.Martha Graham
If you learn music, you'll learn most all there is to know.Edgar Cayce
All a musician can do is to get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws.John Coltrane
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.Pablo Picasso
Only play what you hear. If you don't hear anything, don't play anything.Chick Corea
The practice of scales solves the greatest number of technical problems in the shortest amount of time.Andres Segovia
An amateur practices something until he gets it right.
A professional practices until he can't get it wrong!unknown
The fruit takes a long time to ripen, but it falls suddenly.proverb
The music has generated all the techniques I use.
When I sit down to learn to play something it is not because I want to master a technique. It is because I want to hear what an idea sounds like.Pat Martino
The moment we believe that success is determined by an ingrained level of ability as opposed to resilience and hard work, we will be brittle in the face of adversity.Josh Waitzkin
"Hollywoodization": This is the process where things are evened out, rationalized, nicely lit from all sides, carefully balanced, studiously tested against all known formulae, referred to several committees, and finally made triumphantly unnoticeable.Brian Eno
You have to persist, and out of the sheer frustration of what you've been doing or haven't been doing, you just come out the other side.
Of course, when you come to the other side, you find that there's an even bigger hill to climb than the last one.Allan Holdsworth