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
It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something. Ornette Coleman
My own thing is in my head. I hear sounds and if I don't get them together, nobody else will.Jimi Hendrix
A non-musician is thrilled to be doing music - quite happy to sit there and plunk one note all day- and is very alert to the effect of that.
Nonmusicians really LISTEN sometimes, because that's the only thing they have available to them.Brian Eno
You might not feel like playing pretty all the time. Instead you might want to play something nasty. You might want to play something out of context with the tune. It might be a note that creates so much tension it becomes unpleasant, but you want it to sound that way.George Benson
The focus of my playing is the groove, and every time I find a new rhythm, I find I can write a bunch of new songs.
Learning how to dance, or drum, or to swing my body in a new way is the fundamental way I find a new riff. Because when you learn to swing your body in a new way, you begin to swing with your instrument differently.Stone Gossard
When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and I don't even notice.Sarah Vaughan
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.
For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing.
The MUSIC is the most important thing, and the guitar is only the instrument.Jerry Garcia
Every guitarist has a special quality of sound.
The best ones will use a good ear, much sensitivity, and a thorough knowledge of music to prepare the nuances and colors of sound.Andres Segovia
Singers are like Arabs. They abhor a vacuum. And a vacuum is defined as "when I'm not singing".Brian Eno
If you pick up a guitar and it says, "Take me! I'm yours!" - then that's the one for you.Frank Zappa
"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
When the chord changes, you should change.Joe Pass
If a song's about something I've experienced or that could've happened to me it's good.
But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. Because that's what soul is all about.Aretha Franklin
Sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.Itzhak Perlman
An audience is like a dame. If it ain't sincere, it's over.Frank Sinatra
You're gonna have to learn to get out there in front of those cameras and hold your head up. Take charge when you're singing.Patsy Cline
The notes, I handle no better than many pianists.
But the pauses between the notes, that is where the art resides.Artur Schnabel
The Blues is about making a lot of other people feel bad, and making money while you're at it.Bleeding-Gums Murphy
A friend of mine says that modern music is a form of space travel, because either you're going out into space with the music, into weird new sounds and weird new impossible landscapes. Modern composers...create psychoacoustic spaces that actually don't exist in nature.
So that's one kind of space travel, going outwards. But the other kind, of course, is inner space travel, travelling into the strange new psychological spaces in our souls.Brian Eno
Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.Max Roach
If you hit a wrong note, then make it right by what you play afterwards.Joe Pass
We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill. Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically and people will like it more.Chris Martin from Coldplay
No one is able to make music actually, but some have learned how to make it happen.Lorenz Weiler
When you listen to Miles Davis, how much of what you hear is music, and how much is context?
Context is everything that isn't physically contained in the grooves of the record. It includes your knowledge that everyone else says he's great: that must modify the way you hear him. That he was a handsome and imposing man, a member of a romantic minority, that he played with Charlie Parker, that he spans generations, that he underwent various addictions, that he married Cicely Tyson, that he dressed well, that Jean-Luc Godard liked him, that he wore shades and was very cool, that he himself said little about his work, and so on.
Surely all that affects how you hear him: I mean, could it possibly have felt the same if he'd been an overweight heating engineer from Oslo?
When you listen to music, aren't you also 'listening' to all the stuff around it, too?Brian Eno
If you're working with electronic media in the recording studio, judgment becomes a very important issue and skill becomes a less important issue.Brian Eno
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
I like to play with people who can play simple and are not threatened by other musicians thinking they can't play. So that eliminates 99 percent of all musicians.Neil Young
I always thought Jaco's talent was a curse, in a way. Because no matter how fucked up he got on the bandstand, he could still play. The same thing happened with Bird. Their great talent enabled both of them to continue doing drugs and getting away with it, because they kept getting encouragement from people around them who told them how great they sounded. Jaco would play a great solo, and he'd be sitting on top of the world again, feeling invincible, with an attitude like, "There's nothing wrong with me." Jaco's talent was like a double edged sword-it made it impossible for him to see how terrible things really were becoming.Mike Stern
All my concerts had no sounds in them; they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!Yoko Ono
The most important thing I look for in a musician is whether he knows how to listen.Duke Ellington
I love bass guitar, because it has so little to do, yet it's so important.Brian Eno
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
As soon as you externalize an idea you see facets of it that weren't clear when it was just floating around in your head.Brian Eno
I'll go for things that I know are going to be wrong, with a vengeance.Neil Young
You've got a song you're singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you've got to make them think that you're one of them sitting out there with them too. They've got to be able to relate to what you're doing.Johnny Cash
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 rest of the band will follow me down any dark alley. Sometimes there's a light at the end of the alley, and sometimes there's a black hole.
You don't get an adventure in music unless you're willing to take chances.Jerry Garcia
A good performer jumps on stage, looks out at the audience, and thinks, "Here I am!"
A great performer jumps on stage, looks out at the audience, and thinks, "There you are!"Steve Rapson
Jazz has always been a man telling the truth about himself.Quincy Jones
If you don't make a mistake, you're not trying hard enough.Charlie Parker
I tried to play in front of the beat in a way that didn't rush it, or behind the beat n a way that didn't drag it.Rick Danko
How you play a note is just as important as what note that is.Henry Kaiser
Repetition doesn't really exist.
As far as your mind is concerned, nothing happens the same twice, even if in every technical sense, the thing is identical. Your perception is constantly shifting. It doesn't stay in one place.Brian Eno
After making a rough mix, Bono listens to and studies this comp over the next few days, changes a word or a line or a verse, rephrases and re-sings, and the process takes place again. In this way, he begins to hone in on a performance, an attitude, a persona. He discovers who is singing the song, and what kind of world that person inhabits.Brian Eno
"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
On stage I make love to 25,000 people. Then I go home alone.Janis Joplin
Trained vocalists have an amazing way of cracking crystal. Passionate vocalists have an amazing way of cracking hearts.Danielle Egnew
I'll play it first and tell you what it is later.Miles Davis
The question is, "What are you saying with the guitar?" - Not "Can you play this link?" or "What's your speed like?"
It's, "What are you saying with your instrument? What is being communicated in this song?"The Edge
Singing is a trick to get people to listen to music for longer than they would ordinarily.David Byrne
Whenever I start working on a song, I immediately try to forget everything, to empty my hands and head of anything that may be hanging over from another song or album.
I try to approach it like this is the first time I've ever played guitar. What am I going to do?The Edge
The difference between a good performance and a great performance is a nap.George Burns
Band playing is like cooking, you need to mix a little bit of everything and balance the ingredients to make it taste better.Cenon Mallari Jr.
If I can get out of the way, if I can be pure enough, if I can be selfless enough, and if I can be generous and loving and caring enough to abandon what I have and my own preconceived, silly notions of what I think I am - and become truly who in fact I am, which is really just another child of God - then the music can really use me.
And therein lies my fulfillment. That's when the music starts to happen.John McLaughlin
People are hearing a lot more context than music, so perhaps I accept that I am now primarily a context maker.
My art is not just what comes out of the end of my trumpet or appears on a record, but a larger experience which is intimately connected to who I appear to be, to my life and charisma.
The 'music', the sonic bit, could end up being quite a small part of the whole experience.
Developing the context- the package, the delivery system, the buzz, the spin, the story - might itself become the art. Like perfume...Brian Eno
Having no silence in music is like having no black or white in a painting.Brian Eno
Performance is a vehicle for entering different worlds of experiencing.Robert Fripp