Saturday, 31 July 2010

POST # 287 George Harrison on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

“The next day I brought Eric Clapton with me [to the studio]. He was really nervous. I was saying, 'Just come and play on the session, then I can sing and play acoustic guitar.' Because what happened when Eric was there on that day … it helped, because the others would have to control themselves a bit more. Eric was nervous saying, 'No, what will they say?' And I was saying, 'F**k 'em, that's my song!'”

“[Eric and I] used to hang out such a lot at that period, and Eric gave me a fantastic Les Paul guitar, which is the one he plays on [“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”]. So it worked out well.”

POST # 286 Frank Gambale on Other Instruments

Yes, I discovered Corea when I was about 14 and I thought it was the best music for my tastes. I was also frustrated with guitarists by that point because after about 7 years of playing I noticed that most guitarists played the same three blues licks over and over again in every conceivable context. I was just plain bored with guitar.
Corea and keyboardists and sax players just seemed light years more advanced harmonically speaking. This prompted me to give up the guitar for 2 years. I was studying the Chick Corea Improvisations CDs by ear and had quite a few pieces I could play by memory from those recording. I still love the piano today, in fact I'm getting a grand piano very soon for my home. It's something I've wanted all my life and I'm finally doing it. I want to get into it again.

Monday, 26 July 2010

POST #285 Pat Martino on his career

“The first time around, I was a dead serious youngster who was tuned in to the competitive nature of our culture and was fully motivated to achieve success."

“My second relationship with the instrument began in a much more intimate, innocent kind of way way. The guitar became a playful resting place during a period of intense therapeutic recovery. It allowed me to take my attention away from my ordeal. I was able to enjoy the guitar in a pure and almost childish way – like a child does with a toy. I think we’re ultimately chosen to be childish. That’s exactly how we come into this world and exactly how we leave it. The guitar just happens to be my favorite toy." - Pat Martino

Sunday, 25 July 2010

POST # 284 Emily Remler on Technique and Practice.

" I'd go to a session, not be able to express myself on guitar, and cry afterwards - I was so miserable. My technique was lousy, and my time was bad. My time was bad basically because I couldn't get to the phrases in time."

" I played and practiced the guitar constantly, five hours a day. At one point, I went down to the Jersey shore and locked myself in a room for a month. I lost twenty pounds, stopped smoking, and became a serious guitar player. It took a lot of muscle building to reach the point where I got a really strong and full sound on the guitar. I practiced my tail off trying to play octaves and different things to build up my muscles." - Emily Remler

Saturday, 24 July 2010

POST # 283 Paul Gilbert on Motivation

My motivation varies radically, depending on my environment and mindset. I have to thank my parents for always having good music playing on the stereo when I was a kid, and for creating an atmosphere that encouraged creativity in general. I saw some great concerts when I was a kid, too: Van Halen, Ozzy with Randy Rhoads, Pat Travers, UFO, Cheap Trick, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Saxon, and others. These all inspired me enormously. And now I have live shows and recording deadlines to inspire me. Plus, watching this one video of Gary Moore on YouTube—search for “Gary Moore Lesson,” it will blow your mind. The tour I did with G3 was very motivating, as well. Overall, though, as much as I fancy myself a staunch individualist, my strongest motivation comes from knowing I’ll be having some kind of interaction with other human beings. It can be teaching one student, playing for an audience of 10,000, or anything in between. Book a gig, and you will be motivated! - Paul Gilbert

Friday, 23 July 2010

POST # 282 Chick Corea on Kind of Blue

" It's one thing to just play a tune, or play a program of music, but it's another thing to practically create a new language of music, which is what 'Kind of Blue' did.” - Chick Corea

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