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Brownie McGhee Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Brownie McGhee.

My guitar was loud as hell, and I had no sympathy for anybody else.
- Brownie McGhee

I only write about what I do, what happens to me.
- Brownie McGhee

Anywhere I'm wanted, I'll go.
I've got to be wanted, though.
- Brownie McGhee

When I was hitch-hiking, people had to follow me,
'cause I didn't stay long.
- Brownie McGhee

 

Everybody would grab a guitar and listen to somebody
else and call themselves a folk singer.
When they didn't know no more songs,
they'd run out of them.
- Brownie McGhee

When somebody blazes a path to a highway that never end,
you should appreciate 'em some.
- Brownie McGhee

Something is better than nothing.
Doin' anything for a man, there's investments involved,
there's time and production.
It's better to give him ten bucks and get a record
out than to never record the cat.
- Brownie McGhee

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That's what I liked about hitch-hiking.
If a crowd wasn't big enough, I kept walkin.'
- Brownie McGhee

I was playing with steel picks on a steel guitar,
and there was no amplification needed.
- Brownie McGhee

Long made it possible for me to get on records,
so what little money he did take from me,
if any at all, he was entitled to it.
He didn't take something from me.
- Brownie McGhee

There's a lot of good musicians who are unheard of.
Get it down before they pass away.
- Brownie McGhee

I met Sonny after (Blind Boy) Fuller died,
and me and Sonny played in the streets like everybody else.
- Brownie McGhee

From then on in, me and Sonny started makin' records.
My first records, Sonny was backin' me up.
Sonny wasn't singin' natural at the time;
he was singin' falsetto.
- Brownie McGhee

Logically, when you talkin' about folk music and blues,
you find out it's music of just plain people.
- Brownie McGhee

I got Sonny up to Harlem, and we started street playin' in New York.
We did that for three or four years and survived.
We brought it back to the streets again.
- Brownie McGhee

I don't sit here and dream because I don't care about the future.
I wouldn't take nothin' for my past and I've got enough
behind me that I can write forever.
- Brownie McGhee

The greatest guitar player in the world today for me is Paco de Lucia,
who is actually Spanish.
- George Benson

I grew up with all kinds ofmusic, but my heart was
particularly drawn to Country Music because of the guitar playing,
the lyrics and of artists like Steve Warner and Vince Gill.
- Bryan White

I want every girl in the world to pick up a guitar and start screaming.
- Courtney Love

It wasn't all spent on practicing, I did do other things!
but the classical guitar means a lot to me so I spend
many hours building good chops and getting a good program together.
- Jim Sullivan

I just like simplicity.
I like simple songs, I like simple chords,
simple vocals, simple lead guitar.
I just like simplicity.
That's just the way I like it.
- Jeremy Spencer

I'd think learning to play the guitar would be very
confusing for sighted people.
- Doc Watson

The guitar has a kind of grit and excitement possessed by nothing else.
- Brian May

In the last couple of years I've been picking up my guitar again.
- Peabo Bryson

Puberty hit me very hard, and I basically had no use
for school once I discovered the guitar.
- Rick Springfield

From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture,
thanks mostly to the Beatles.
- Pat Metheny

My first guitar was a Gibson Challenger.
- Juliana Hatfield

I was too broke to buy a guitar so I more borrowed guitars from friends.
- Ronnie Montrose

I borrowed a guitar at age 16 and taught myself to
play because I wanted to write songs.
- Adrian Belew

So, once I get writing I really try and put five to
eight hours a day in my room with a guitar to really
try and come up with stuff that feels interesting enough to me to keep it.
- Catie Curtis

I pestered the hell out of everybody I ran into until
I could play the guitar well enough to write and sing with it.
- Don Johnson

I'm a bass player from way back and Paul is a guitar
player and we've been in many bands.
- Adam Jones

So I started to learn guitar right away.
- Piper Perabo

I could hear and feel music going on in me,
and I couldn't get it out.
You can always depend on a guitar.
- Don Johnson

Once I picked up an electric guitar,
I lost interest in piano,
and I just wanted to rock.
I studied piano for so long, I got burned out on it.
- Juliana Hatfield

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

I like jazz, but I could never play it.
You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest,
wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour.
- Dave Mustaine

I play guitar, piano, bass and percussion.
- Teena Marie

It's just something I've always done.
In South Texas, the first guitar you get is a Mexican guitar.
And the first one I got, the first thing I did was take it apart.
- Guy Clark

I think it gets boring (for the audience) for the lead
singer to have a guitar hanging on them all the time.
- Lita Ford

When I got my first guitar my fingers wouldn't go to
the sixth string so I took off the big E and played with just five strings.
I was only 6 or 7.
- Les Paul

Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock,
but that's not what I call rock.
- Little Richard

To stay a great singer or guitar player,
you've got to do it 24/7.
That's what I do.
- Sammy Hagar

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

The Goth character was a difficult thing to get my head round.
I'm not really a fan of Goth music.
I'm more a piano and guitar man - that's what I love.
- Richard Fleeshman

I just go where the guitar takes me.
- Angus Young

I've known Shawn for several years.
And he's just an amazing talent.
He's a great writer, a marvelous, marvelous guitar player,
and plays really good fiddle.
- Guy Clark

An uncle of mine emigrated to Canada and couldn't take his guitar with him.
When I found it in the attic, I'd found a friend for life.
- Sting

I wasn't originally a bass player.
I just found out I was needed, because everyone wants to play guitar.
- Tina Weymouth

I wanted to be able to play guitar.
I wanted to be able to make music hurt.
- Alexis Korner

Nobody seems to play Yamaha electrics,
but it's the best guitar I own.
- Daisy Berkowitz

The first 12-string guitar I bought was probably around 1957.
- Roger McGuinn

The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice.
You sacrifice the things you love.
I love my guitar.
- Jimi Hendrix

The bulk of my set is instrumental and you have to
give yourself and the audience some relief because
a performance is not about great guitar playing it's
really about entertainment.
- Leo Kottke

Leadbelly's guitar is in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
- Roger McGuinn

What I used to play was rhythm guitar before I saw Jack Bruce.
I said, That's what I want to do in life.
He was definitely the main influence.
- Geezer Butler

I like to play guitar, jam out, play the blues,
go watch movies.
I love movies.
- Dane Cook

My brother is an excellent songwriter,
and I play guitar and drums.
- Jeremy London

I learned to tune a guitar by ear.
That method has served me pretty well.
- Charley Pride

Peter was sick of being a pop star, the guitar god,
and so he decided to teach himself other instruments.
Among the instruments that he picked up was the mandolin.
- Michael Stipe

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

If you play acoustic guitar you're the depressed,
sensitive guy.
- Elliott Smith

My grandfather gave me my first guitar,
an old acoustic with palm trees and dancing girls painted on it.
- Dan Fogelberg

My sunglasses are like my guitar.
- Patti Smith

My first guitar, a Fender Jazz Master,
I traded it in for a Les Paul Deluxe.
- Lenny Kravitz

It's that kind of in-born music thing -
I could pick up the guitar and play something.
It's not something I consciously do.
- Ziggy Marley

Every one of the songs was based around picking an acoustic guitar.
That was part of the concept from the beginning,
that the tempos were going to go from slow to almost mid-tempo.
- Jules Shear

Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal,
blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.
- Dick Dale

It's hard to say this about a guy like Eddie Van Halen,
one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived,
but he's really limited to a style and they're locked into it.
- Sammy Hagar

If you make it sound too much like a synth,
it will just sound like a guitar part played on a synth.
- Daisy Berkowitz

I had been playing single note instruments and I wanted
to hear a guitar played as a piano.
- Leo Kottke


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