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" You know, there's times when you should play and there's times when you gotta hold back. "
" If I remain true to what's in my heart, that's all the success I need. "
" Besides being a guitar player, I'm a big fan of the guitar. I love that damn instrument. "
" Still to this day, I am deeply satisfied when watching a guitar player who is connected with their art and instrument. GuitarTV helps you tap into that connection, and to each other. "
" I was a kid, 12 or something, when the Partridge Family was big on TV. I liked the curly cord running from the bass to the amps, which were real fancy. That cord looked so cool. I said, 'Wow! I gotta play something like that!' "
" I know it is common nowadays for artists to start labels but this is a thoroughly constructed vehicle for inspired talent. This is a market that we've been living, breathing and eating for our entire lives - one where a huge void currently exists. Favored Nations is a long-term commitment. "
" I don't believe in 'greatest'. I believe in favorites. "
" You can never deny the immense talent, rock credibility and iconic historical contribution that Van Halen made. "
" I have a deep love for life and my fellow human beings. I try to understand everything that everybody does, even if it seems wrong to me. "
" Possessing a healthy imagination is a necessary ingredient for creativity. "
" I loved the idea of recording. The idea of sound-on-sound-recording captured me as a young kid, and once I realized what it was I had an epiphany. Before I was even playing the guitar, I would create these lists of how I would record things and overdub them, like Led Zeppelin song, 'I could put this guitar on this track...' and so on. "
" The classical guitar has a dynamic to it unlike a regular acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. You know, there's times when you should play and there's times when you gotta hold back. It's an extremely dynamic instrument. "
" Ray and I do not draw salaries, Any profits will be re-invested into marketing the music we believe in. "
" My past is very interesting, and I treasure it, but to write about it, it's just not on my radar. "
" It's very hard to come across as a passionate human being in print. People can't hear the inflections in your voice. "
" I've always considered transcribing to be an invaluable tool in the development of one's musical ear and, over the years, I have spent countless glorious hours transcribing different kinds of music, either guitar-oriented or not. "
" That's the thing about great artists: They find the thing that's most obvious to themselves, what's most conscious and natural, and they put it out there and the audience comes. "
" We have the insight and the tools to identify and bring to fruition the dormant talent that our artists possess. Favored Nations will be branded as the home base for inspired musical talent. "
" I loved the guitar, and I had all of this music in my head. My passion for the guitar and the ideas for what I could create musically were equal. So that's where I was. "
" I'm a big fan of cultural music, and that's how I try to expand my playing, by listening to music that is not conventionally American. "
" Most people are fascinated to see someone play an instrument in an inspired way. We are moved by witnessing musical brilliance, and it was this notion that led me to purchase the GuitarTV domain 10 years ago. "
" I have an independent record label called Favored Nations on which I released an album by an artist called Johnny A, who plays an arch top Gibson through a Marshall, but the tone is all in his fingers. "
" I was always one of those guys who was a seeker after truth. I want to know what's going on. "
" The only time I'm miserable is when I can't keep an instrument in tune. "
" I didn't have any aspirations of becoming famous or successful; in fact I was scared to death of all that. I remember somebody once said that if a rock musician goes on tour, he goes insane. I was very impressionable and I carried this useless weight of fear around with me about going on tour, all because of this thing somebody said. "
" My main calling in life is to seek and achieve spiritual balance, and to express that through my instrument. Everything else is here today, gone later today. "
" As far as Deep Purple goes, I mean, they're iconic. Their contribution is unquantifiable, and as far as the politics involved in things like awards, you know, I don't think anything, because I know what they mean to me, and I know what they mean to the people who like them. Awards are very politically based. "
" It's hilarious, because my guitar has what's known as a tremolo bar or a whammy bar. And the whammy bar is probably the most alien thing on my guitar that could possibly relate to a classical guitar. "
" I've never really heard anybody imitating anything of mine the way they do with Edward Van Halen's stuff. "
" I knew that I was going to have a life as a musician, because I always felt the pull. I don't remember ever having to make a choice. "
" I can count on one hand the people who are legendary in my book, and Tom Waits is certainly right at the top. It's funny, though: When I tell people that I like Tom's music, it surprises them. "