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200 Guitar Quotes That Will Encourage You to Play Music

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1. “A guitar is like an old friend that is there with me.” – B.B. King

2. “I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.” – Jimi Hendrix

3. “If you wanna write a song, ask a guitar.” – Neil Young

4. “Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.” – Jimi Hendrix

5. “Rock stars come and go. Musicians play until they die.” – Eddie Van Halen

6. “Whenever I get down on my playing, I just bend a note, shake it and listen…” – Dimebag Darrell

7. “I’m just a guitarist in a kick-ass rock and roll band. What more could I ask for?” – Eddie Van Halen

8. “Music is the one thing that has been consistently there for me. It hasn’t let me down.” – Jimmy Page

9. “In playing, I suppose my greatest gift was to express the way I felt or the willingness to express myself.” – Eric Clapton

10. “I like to be quiet and play guitar and just chill.” –

11. “My big fear was that my guitar would go out of tune.” – Bob Dylan

12. “I’m not trying to play the guitar. I’m trying to play music.” – Michael Hedges

13. “I’ve got holes in my guitar.” – Dick Dale

14. “I call myself a blues singer, but you ain’t never heard me call myself a blues guitar man.” – B.B. King

15. “Where words fail, music speaks.” – Hans Christian Andersen

16. “The history of music is mortal, but the idiocy of the guitar is eternal.” – Milan Kundera

17. “Guitar playing is just something that came to me and is really second nature now.” – Dave Navarro

18. “The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

19. “I can communicate far better on a guitar than I can through my mouth.” – Jimmy Page

20. “I love the guitar for its harmony; it is my constant companion in all my travels.” – Nicolo Paganini

21. “If you really love guitar, you’re going to spend every waking hour stroking the thing.” – Frank Zappa

22. “The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar.” – Jimi Hendrix

23. “My first love was the sound of the guitar.” – BozScaggs

24. “I picked up a guitar, and I knew what I wanted to do.” – Stone Gossard

25. “If I could sing, I wouldn’t be a guitarist.” – Robin Trower

26. “My interests are guitars, cars, and vacation. I’ve been playing guitar all my life. My dad was a professional guitarist… I just play for myself.” – Josh Hartnett

27. “Guitar is just something I can do. So much of it now is muscle memory, just instinct.” – St. Vincent

28. “The guitar is the instrument most complete and richest in its harmonic and polyphonic possibilities.” – Manuel de Falla

29. “His heart was like a battered guitar; worn and scuffed from a life spent out on the road, but still capable of bringing forth beautiful music.” – John Mark Green

30. “Guitars have been the obsession of my life. I first picked one up at the age of four, and I’ve been a guitar junkie ever since.” – Johnny Marr

31. “Life is like a guitar and the combination of chords are called moments. Playing them is the called living the moments.” – Vikrmn

32. “When I have downtime, music is a big part of my life. Not so much singing, but I play the guitar.” – KJ Apa

33. “My life has been a roller coaster ride, but somehow I’ve always been able to land on my feet and still play the guitar.” – Ace Frehley

34. “When you play the 12-string guitar, you spend half your life tuning the instrument and the other half playing it out of tune.” – Pete Seeger

35. “When I’m having a bad day, I pick up my guitar.” – Michelle Branch

36. “The guitar is a wonderful instrument which is understood by few.” – Franz Schubert

37. “Sometimes the nicest thing to do with a guitar is just looking at it.” – Thom Yorke

38. “My guitar playing has not developed as much as I think it could because I never practice. I only play when I’m writing or recording or when I’m playing on tour. When I’m sitting around at home, I never play.” – Juliana Hatfield

39. “Except for a few guitar chords, everything I’ve learned in my life that is of any value I’ve learned from women.” – Glenn Frey

40. “I smash guitars because I like them.” – Pete Townshend

41. “I was the drunk rhythm guitarist who wrote all these weird songs.” – Robert Smith

42. “Guitar is easy, all it takes is 5 fingers, 6 strings, and 1 asshole.” – Keith Richards

43. “Shut up and play your guitar.” – Frank Zappa

44. “To hell with the rules. If it sounds right, then it is.” – Eddie Van Halen

45. “This week, I’m a gypsy. Maybe next week it’ll be glitter rock.” – Jimmy Page

46. “I’ve always wanted to smash a guitar over someone’s head. You just can’t do that with a piano.” – Elton John

47. “Give me a guitar, give me a piano, give me a broom and string; I wouldn’t get bored anywhere.” – Keith Richards

48. “Anyone who used more than three chords is just showing off.” – Woody Guthrie

49. “As far as guitar goes, it’s weird to have such a challenging activity in my life for so long—I love it. It kicks my ass every day.” – Vernon Reid

50. “I’d think learning to play the guitar would be very confusing for sighted people.” – Doc Watson

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

52. “I learned to tune a guitar by ear. That method has served me pretty well.” – Charley Pride

53. “My dad wanted me to play when I was a kid, so I learned to play the guitar. I pursued a career in music because I love it so much, and I enjoy what it does to those who hear it.” – Randy Travis

54. “There’s a weird period of learning how to play guitar where your fingers are constantly messed up a handful.” – Jason Reeves

55. “The guitar is the easiest instrument to play and the hardest to play well.” – Andres Segovia

56. “I started out playing guitar because Jimi Hendrix was my hero, so my roots were really based on Jimi Hendrix and his style of playing.” – Joe Satriani

57. “Practice is a word I don’t use. I used to play. If you play, you get better.” – Tommy Tedesco

58. “That’s the cool thing about the guitar- there’s always more to learn.” – Jim Heath

59. “Guitar playing is both extremely easy for me and extremely difficult for me at the same time.” – Kirk Hammett

60. “I don’t understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound. Finding ways to use the same guitar people have been using for 50 years to make sounds that no one has heard before is truly what gets me off.” – Jeff Beck

61. “You couldn’t like someone who liked the guitar.” – Stephen King

62. “Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar. Except, possibly two.” – Frederic Chopin

63. “My guitar is like my best friend. My guitar can get me through anything. If I can sit down and write an amazing song with my guitar about what’s going on in life, then that’s the greatest therapy for me.” – Miley Cyrus

64. “When I was growing up, there were two things that were unpopular in my house. One was me, and the other was my guitar.” – Bruce Springsteen

65. “Guitarists always start in the bedroom.” – Martine Murray

66. “Guitar is a lot like life, it can be strummed gently, or you can play it furiously, either way, all the resonance is temporary.” – Jason Edward Shiffman

67. “I grew up in a world that told girls they couldn’t play rock ‘n’ roll.”- Joan Jett.

68. “Any guitar solo should reflect the music that it’s soloing over and not just be existing in its own sort of little world.” – John Frusciante

69. “The guitar part is the pivot of everything we do, so if you change the guitar part you no longer have what it is.” – Robin Trower

70. “A guitar is more than just a sound box… it is part of your soul.” – Manuel Velazquez

71. “One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.” –

72. “I dedicated all the time I had to it. The 10-hour workout was just what I put in the magazine at the time, but for me, it was every waking moment.” – Steve Vai

73. “It’s been up to me to inspire me.” – Eric Clapton

74. “I love playing guitar. It’s the only thing I’ve ever really been great at.” – Johnny Winter

75. “Who I am as a guitarist is defined by my failure to become Jimi Hendrix.” – John Mayer

76. “The guitar is like cuisine, and you can’t expect people to eat the same thing all the time.”- Richard Lloyd

77. “The string slices into the skin of his fingers and no matter how tough the calluses, it tears. But this beat is fast and even though his joints are aching, his arm’s out of control like it has a mind of its own, and the sweat that drenches his hair and face seems to smother him, but nothing’s going to stop Tom. He’s aiming for oblivion.” – Melina Marchetta

78. “A guitar riff played on a piano doesn’t come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar, but I faked it enough to get by.” – Barry Mann

79. “The guitar I now have is permanently out in my house, which my loves. But now my kids are interested in it. They definitely thought the old man was much cooler once I started playing again.” – Michael Bland Wife

80. “Every guitar I own gets used and has its purpose.” – Mark Knopfler

81. “You don’t find a style… a style finds you.” – Keith Richards

82. “We’re musicians. We make music for a living. It’s that simple. Nothing else matters.” – Eddie Van Halen

83. “When all the original blues guys are gone, you start to realize that someone has to tend to the tradition.” – Eric Clapton

84. “Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past…” – Carlos Santana

85. “I started out as a guitarist in the early ’80s.” –

86. “Besides being a guitar player, I’m a big fan of the guitar. I love that… instrument.” – Steve Vai

87. “A guitar is just theoretically built wrong. Each string is an interval of fourths, and then the B string is off. Theoretically, that’s not right, all the strings should be off.” – Eddie Van Halen

88. “I think a guitar solo is how my emotion is most freely released because verbal articulation isn’t my strongest communication strength. My wife thinks that I should do interviews by listening to the questions and playing the answer on guitar.” – David Gilmour

89. “The guitar is something you kind of embrace, and the piano is something you kind of when you play it, you sort of push it away. It feels very different.” – Nick Cave

90. “Guitar is the best form of self-expression I know. Everything else, and I’m just sort of tripping around, trying to figure my way through life.” – Slash

91. “I’m only myself when I have a guitar in my hands.” –

92. “With a guitar, I would be able to express the things I felt in sounds.” – William Christopher Handy

93. “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” – Jimi Hendrix.

94. “I want every girl in the world to pick up a guitar and start screaming.” – Courtney Love

95. “Soon as I could play one guitar chord and laid my ear upon that wood, I was gone. My soul was sold. Music was everything from then on.” – John Prine

96. “The guitar was my weapon, my shield to hide behind.” – Bryan May

97. “Technically, I’m not a guitar player, all I play is truth and emotion.” – Jimi Hendrix

98. “My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.” – Joan Jett

99. “If you play acoustic guitar you’re the depressed, sensitive guy.” – Elliott Smith

100. “If there’s a song where there’s a possibility of guitar stuff that would be fun to listen to, go for it. Don’t worry about what anybody thinks.” – Brad Paisley

101. “Relax. . Play a lot.” – Joe Satriani

102.“Success is falling nine times and getting up ten times.” – Jon Bon Jovi

103. “Rock ‘n’ roll will never die. There’ll always be some arrogant little brat who wants to make music with a guitar.” – Dave Edmunds

104. “Someone told me the smile on my face gets bigger when I play the guitar.” – Niall Horan

105. “The good thing about playing guitar is that once you’ve strapped it on you can let your stomach out.” – Joe Brown

106. “I don’t read music. I don’t write it. So I wander around on the guitar until something starts to present itself.” – James Taylor

107. “I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions.” – B.B. King

108. “Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It’s the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use.” – Stevie Ray Vaughan

109. “Guitar playing isn’t really for everybody.” – Brad Paisley

110. “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.” –

111. “There are secrets hiding inside this six-string just waitin’ for somebody to find ‘em and turn ‘em into music.” – Brenda Sutton Rose

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

113. “Music is freedom, and being free is the closest I’ve ever felt to being spiritual.” – Ben Harper

114. “I don’t even know if I can take the credit for writing ‘Cliffs of Dover’. It was just there for me one day… a kind of gift from a higher place….” – Eric Johnson

115. “If you don’t know the blues…there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.” – Keith Richards

116. “Playing guitar is a never-finished journey.” – John Fogerty

117. “Don’t use your brain to play it, your fingers.” – Jimi Hendrix

118. “I was interested in folk music. But rock represented power… I became the best rock guitarist in my school.” – Billy Squier

119. “Rock guitarists usually do not wish to think trains of thought about anything but their own guitar playing during a long solo…” – John Frusciante

120. “I just go where the guitar takes me.” – Angus Young

121. “I don’t want you to play me a riff that’s going to impress Joe Satriani; give me a riff that makes a kid want to go out and buy a guitar and learn to play.” – Ozzy Osbourne

122. “Never give up on a good thing, never give up, never give up!” – George Benson

123. “Everyone’s got their own character, and that’s the thing that’s amazed me about guitar playing …” – Jimmy Page

124. “So, my big brother was playing guitar and I figured I’d try it too.” – Stevie Ray Vaughan

125. “Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.” – Pele

126. “The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.” – Duke Ellington

127. “I don’t care how famous a guitarist is… There’s always somewhere to go… You never learn everything on that guitar…” – David Edwards

128. “I’ve always wanted to be the best guitarist in the world, ever since I was eight years old.” – Peter Frampton

129. “But that guitar is the perfect companion to the human voice. You rest it against your gut, against your heart, and when you strum it the vibrations go outwards for all to hear, but the vibration also hits you on your body.” – Jason Mraz

130. “A good player can make any guitar sound good.” – Michael Bloomfield

131. “You don’t just go to the studio and say, ‘I’m going to write a hit.’ It becomes a hit when people like your compositions.” – Chuck Berry

132. “Just as a Blues player can play 20 Blues songs in a row but find a way to make each one different….” – Joe Satriani

133. “Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war—for killing people. We received ours for entertaining other people…” –

134. “I can’t get anything out of an orchestra if I have the 10 best guitarists, but I don’t have a pianist or a drummer.” – Manuel Pellegrini

135. “The heavy guitars are the ones that sound good. They are not that comfortable, but they do sound great.” – Neal Schon

136. “Just as with a guitar, you can improvise a guitar solo, and they’d probably be similar each time, but they won’t be exactly the same. With the word, it’s probably a bit freer than that. I probably repeat myself more musically than I do verbally.” – Robyn Hitchcock

137. “My guitar only has five strings ’cause the top one broke, and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there.” – Brian Eno

138. “Experimenting with different sounds is great, but when it comes down to it, you’re still playing the guitar.” – Scott Putesky

139. “Guitars are kind of just, you know, sexy, especially old vintage ones.” – Andrew Bird

140. “One must make of one’s fingers well-drilled soldiers.” – Fernando Sor

141. “The guitar is your first wing. It’s assigned and designed to unfold your vision and imagination.” – Carlos Santana

142. “To me, a guitar is kind of like a woman. You don’t know why you like ’em, but you do.” – Waylon Jennings

143. “I wanted to create music that was so different from what could tell from anyone else.” – Les Paul

144. “Sometimes you stumble upon a few chords that put you in a reflective place.” –

145. “My guitar is my torch, my soul carries the flame. Make no mistake, I’m a true bluesman.” – Big Bill Morganfield

146. “Music is magic. Magic is Life.” – Jimi Hendrix

147. “Everyone has their own sound, and if you’re heard enough, folks will come to recognize it…” – Chet Atkins

148. “A guitar for me is pretty much strictly in the context of writing songs for my band, coming up with ideas with my band, and then being able to perform those songs as best as I can on stage that’s what the guitar for me has always been.” – Scott Ian

149. “Guitar comes more out of its limitations for me, like putting it in a weird tuning and then just go places.” – Sam Amidon

150. “The true beauty of music is that it connects people…we, the musicians, are the messengers.” – Roy Ayers

151. “The guitar has and excitement possessed by nothing else.” – Brian May

152. “Bass is for people who can’t play guitar.” – Eddie Van Halen

153. “If we replaced guns with guitars, then the world would be a concert.” – Thomas Ian Nicholas

154. “I never wanted to sing. I just wanted to play rhythm guitar—hide in the back and just play.” –

155. “Mimi Fox is one of the most exciting contemporary jazz guitarists I’ve heard.” – Paul Gilbert

156. “I sit down and create atmospheres, start playing guitar or piano and just sing whatever comes out of my mouth.” – Martin Gore

157. “I’m definitely not a super great guitarist. Ultimately, I just write a lot of love songs.” – Vance Joy

158. “As a guitarist, I’m usually able to play any sort of instrument – as long as it has strings…” – Ramin Djawadi

159. “I sing a bit and play guitar.” – Jesse Metcalfe

160. “I’m always writing and learning… I’m growing as a musician, as a guitarist.” – D’Angelo

161. “The more you play music, the better you’ll get.” – Glen Campbell

162. “I think it’s so cool that you can pick up the guitar and create something that didn’t exist 5 minutes ago. You can write something that one’s ever heard before you have music at your fingertips.” – Rupali Rajput

163. “When you strum a guitar you have everything—rhythm, bass, lead, and melody.” – David Gilmore

164. “The guitar is a much more efficient machine than a computer. More responsive.” – Colin Greenwood

165. “I guess you go too far when pianos try to be guitars.” – Tori Amos

166. “I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing.” – Jimmy Page

167. “They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it.” – Jimmy Page

168. “You’re not born with certain skills, you have to acquire them.” – Ry Cooder

169. “I’m a self-taught guitarist, but I have a classical music background.” – Adam Jones

170. “Playing the guitar isn’t as easy as it looks.” – Jack Mendelsohn

171. “If you’re playing, that’s the most important thing.” – James Hetfield

172. “In pop music, you say, you can do what you want to me.’ Rock ‘n’ roll says, ‘I’m gonna do what I want to you.” – Joan Jett.

173. “When I first started playing guitar, everyone was playing Chuck Berry and B.B. King licks…” – Robby Krieger

174. “The guitar is the coolest instrument in the world.” – Steve Vai

175. “The guitar is featured in a lot of popular music on the radio, on TV, and in films.” – Anna Claybourne

176. “Humans have been singing, dancing, and playing instruments for thousands of years. Music can cheer you up, pass the time, inspire you, and help you have fun with others.” – Anna Claybourne

177. “As long as you’re excited about what you’re playing, and as long as it comes from your heart, it’s going to be great.” – John Frusciante

178. “If you’ve got a guitar and a lot of soul, just bang something out and mean it. You’re the superstar.” – Krist Novoselic

179. “I play guitar because it lets me dream out loud.” – Michael Hedges

180. “It’s so satisfying as a guitar player to play stuff that’s related to the blues.” – Paul Gilbert

181. “Unless the guitar works as a color, then I don’t use it, so I haven’t been playing guitar too much lately.” – Trevor Rabin

182. “Everyone gets frustrated and aggressive, and I’d sooner take my aggression out on a guitar than on a person.” – Paul Weller

183. “The guitar’s not all that expensive either when you compare it to gettin’ a tooth pulled or something.” – Merle Haggard

184. “A guitar is basically a box with strings are played instruments similar to guitars for thousands of years. They did not all look like a modern guitar, but they worked in the same way.” – Kevin Macdonald

185. “You probably hear music often. It seems to be everywhere, from your dentist’s office to the supermarket.” – Anna Claybourne

186. “If all you know is the guitar to the exclusion of everything else, your playing will be empty.” – Philip Toshio Sudo

187. “Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.” – Jimi Hendrix

188. “I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won’t do a thing for me if he’s not playing electrically….” – Ritchie Blackmore

189. “It takes a big man to play a little guitar.” – Brian Gun

190. “From the strings of my guitar, that seeks only your love, a voice comes forth, that speaks of kisses, lost on your lips, my heart sings with newfound happiness, at the dawning of this new love.” – Marcel Camus

191. “If you can’t play as good or as fast as me, just give up, sell your guitar on eBay and kill yourself.” – John Petrucci

192. “You know what has one strap? Machine guns. You know what else? Electric guitars.” – Jackie Filgo

193. “The disgusting stink of a too-loud electric guitar; now that’s my idea of a good time.” – Frank Zappa

194. “Maybe if musicians got off their blogs and picked up their guitars, the music business would be in better shape.” – Josh Schwartz

195. “Country music isn’t a guitar, it isn’t a banjo, it isn’t a melody, it isn’t a lyric. It’s a feeling.” – Waylon Jennings

196. “I mean, the sound of an amplified guitar in a room full of people was so hypnotic and addictive to me, that I could cross any kind of border to get on there.” – Eric Clapton

197. “When we moved back to the US, folk music was all the rage. So I traded in my banjo for a guitar.” – Michael Storm

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