Happy New Year, all!!

Instead of ponderous resolutions, why not encourage yourself instead? If you already play and want to get better, or if you’re completely new to guitar, here are some quotes by great players that are inspirational to me in my own practice. See if they help you, too!

When Howard Roberts, the great guitarist and educator, was seven, he lied to friends about being able to play guitar. Someone called him on it, as there happened to be an old Silvertone guitar nearby with rusty stings and terrible action. Here’s what Roberts recalls of the experience:

“In the panic of the moment, I quickly, very quickly, tried to picture what a real guitar player would do; he would move the fingers of his left hand up and down the fingerboard (the faster, the better), and the same would probably be true of the right hand. So I moved my hands about the guitar with blinding speed in one short but furious burst. When I had finished, I did not know what I had done, but neither did they… That experience gave me the subliminal message: I had in fact actually played the guitar and that all I will have to do from that point on was to become a little more particular about the notes I played… Nothing’s changed since.”

“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

“Patience is the most important lesson. It has been my experience that the only requirement for playing is the desire to do it. All else bows to this.”  – Joe Diorio

Have you been inspired by quotes from favorite players? Share them by commenting on this post.

Have a wonderful and productive 2011, everyone! Happy guitaring!

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