An amateur practices something until he gets it right.
A professional practices until he can't get it wrong!unknown
Only play what you hear. If you don't hear anything, don't play anything.Chick Corea
They just said, "Roll the tape." No rehearsal or nothing.
Muddy Waters didn't come in and say, "I wanna rehearse." He used to look at me and say, "Let's just play the blues. That's all you need to do."Buddy Guy
The practice of scales solves the greatest number of technical problems in the shortest amount of time.Andres Segovia
Being completely free to choose what to do is actually quite difficult: it can lead you to very depressive crises.
If your time is structured you don't have this problem of "what am I going to do today?"Brian Eno
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.B. F. Skinner
Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.Henry Van Dyke
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.Sir Thomas Beecham
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
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
I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.Miles Davis
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
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
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.
(On Practice:) It takes a lot of devotion and work, or maybe I should say play, because if you love it, that's what it amounts to.
I haven't found any shortcuts, and I've been looking for a long time.Chet Atkins
If you learn music, you'll learn most all there is to know.Edgar Cayce
If you don't make a mistake, you're not trying hard enough.Charlie Parker
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
"Yeeeeah," he says, fingering the valves, "when she gets broken in, a few weeks down the road, this is going to be a nice horn."
"Sounds like she blows real easy, Diz."
He fixes me with a stagey stare. "Sheeeeeet. Ain't none of them blow easy."Dizzy Gillespie
The fruit takes a long time to ripen, but it falls suddenly.proverb
I've done a drum clinic in L.A. Nice kids but they all asked the same question. "How did you work out that fill?"
I told them, "I don't know." I don't know! I feel it, it's that particular day, who knows?
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
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
Creativity is making mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.Scott Adams
Someone told Chet Atkins, "Man, that guitar sure sounds good!"
Chet set the guitar down on a chair and asked him, "Ok, how does it sound now?"Chet Atkins
"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
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
If you're going to sweep the floor, sweep it better than anybody in town.
And if you're going to play the guitar, really, really, really get in it, and don't be jivin'.Carlos Santana