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•The guitar is an amazing instrument with a very rich musical history. Here are a few of my favourite quotes from some of the most respected players and teachers of our time.

• ”It’s been very important throughout my career that I’ve met all the guys I’ve copied, because at each stage they’ve said, don’t play like me, play like you.” - Eric Clapton - 

• “The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.” - Andre Segovia -

• “As a guitar player, you can gravitate to the blues because you can play it easily. It’s not a style that’s difficult to pick up. It’s purely emotive and dead easy to get a start with.”- Boz Scaggs -

• “A good player can make any guitar sound good.” - Michael Bloomfield -

• “Every time you pick up your guitar to play, play as if it’s the last time.” - Eric Clapton -

• “Practice like the Devil.” - Doc Watson -

• “You know it’s a great blues tune if you can screw it up, and it still sounds good.” - John Miller -

• “A lot of people think that if they learn to read music they are gonna lose their feel or their groove or something. It’s the stupidest thing I have ever heard.” - Frank Gambale -

• “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.” - B.B. King -

• ”Listening is the key to everything good in music.” - Pat Metheny -

• “For me, the ultimate form of expression is blues, where jazz appeals to me on an intellectual level.” - Scott Henderson -

• “If you play music for no other reason than actually just because you love it, the skills just kinda creep up on you.” - Nuno Bettencourt. -

• “I do a lot of the stuff that I started out doing that I think any guitar player that’s concerned about the craft needs to do. It’s basic practicing of the basic elements.” - John Petrucci -

• “I came from the last couple of years in a generation where we didn’t have a computer around so we didn’t waste as much time on the internet as we do now so I had large chunks of time to devote to doing something.” - John Mayer -

• “I want to figure out how I can make the most important statement with the least amount of information, so I don’t run out of ideas by the time I get to my second or third chorus.” - Larry Carlton -

• “One day you pick up the guitar and you feel like a great master, and the next day you feel like a fool. It’s because we’re different every day, but the guitar is always the same…beautiful.” - Tommy Emmanuel -

• “Practice has to do with preparing yourself for real music.” - Mick Goodrick -

• “To keep learning: aim at always being a beginner.” Mick Goodrick -

• “No matter how good you get, there’s more. Go after it, improve it, play it, and give it away. Never try to be the best. Always try to be the best that you can be.” - Mick Goodrick -

• “All playing requires energy. Good playing requires attention. Great playing requires passion (and maybe some luck too!)” Mick Goodrick -

• “Two kinds of playing: A) Playing on one chord (scale or mode). B) Playing through a progression of chords. The first kind of playing is like making a curve go through a straight line. The second is like making a straight line go through a curve.” - Mick Goodrick -

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