We’ve always had a strong affinity for the words that have come out of the mouths of guitarists and musical artists, and, at one point, one of FindAGuitarTeacher’s earlier designs incorporated hundreds of quotes we had collected over the years into the text that populated our thousands of pages. We would love it when a guitar teacher or someone looking for guitar lessons would mention to us how much one of the quotes resonated with him or her, and, therefore, we were somewhat reluctant to remove those quotes from our pages.
However, a solution to that dilemma is to post some of those quotes in a series of blog articles so that the site and its visitors (not to mention, its owners) can still benefit from the words of wisdom, humor, and creativity contained in those quotes. With that in mind, we’re going to kick off the series (however haphazard it may be) with quotes attributed to (Please keep in mind that no legitimate vetting has been applied to determining their authenticity.) several blues artists, whose music we’ve been inspired by and have aspired to emulate – thus the cover of Fathers And Sons, an album by Muddy Waters with other luminaries such as Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Sam Lay, Otis Spann, Buddy Miles, Phil Upchurch, Jeff Carp, and Paul Asbell (a guitar teacher on FindAGuitarTeacher – click here to see our interview with him). We hope you enjoy reading the quotes and invite you to weigh in with any quotes you may have come across that you’d like to share. Here’s to the music in us all!
- “They call it 12 bar blues because people like Little Brother Montgomery and other guys started putting a left hand boogie beat to ’em. In those days, if the beat wasn’t uptempo, they called it ”barrelhouse” and if it was uptempo, they called it ‘Dudlow’ or ‘Dudlow Joe.’ They would call this left hand putting the dudlow to the blues. After people got wise enough to commercialize it, somebody said, ‘We’ll call this boogie-woogie.” – Willie Dixon
- “I suppose I was waiting until I was old enough to have some sort of experience to sing about. When you’re young, it’s hard to sing the blues. Nobody believes you.” – Nick Lowe
- “The first guitar player I saw putting on a show was Guitar Slim – I must’ve been 13 years old – he came out riding that guitar, wearing a bright red suit. I thought; ‘I wanna sound like BB King, but I wanna play guitar like THAT.” – Buddy Guy
- “I stone got crazy when I saw somebody run down them strings with a bottleneck. My eyes lit up like a Christmas tree and I said that I had to learn.” – Muddy Waters
- “All the kids made their own git-tars. Made mine out of a box and bit of stick for a neck. Couldn’t do much with it, but that’s how you learn.” – Muddy Waters
- “I was told when I started to play that simple music is the hardest music in the world to play. And blues is simple music.” –Albert Collins
- “I don’t play anything but the blues, but now I could never make no money on nothin’ but the blues. That’s why I wasn’t interested in nothin’ else.” – Howlin’ Wolf
- “I didn’t know Albert (Albert King) back then – I just learned to play that way. He and I were the only guys that played left-handed. Then left-handed people came from every direction.” – Otis Rush
- “I don’t play a lot of fancy guitar. I don’t want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks.” – John Lee Hooker