” It was a kind of paralysis you would get from tendonitis and I would last about five to ten minutes into the set and it would set in and I really couldn’t play. “


” We spent a lot of time on that record with the sound and recorded it on the Paramount sound stage which is this huge room where the sound is reflected but the reflection is so late and comes from so far away that it doesn’t blur the music but gives you a room nonetheless. “


” I think if you are writing an instrumental you are dealing with more of an aesthetic in a sense but a lyric is more of a putting yourself on the line and a much more expensive exercise. “


” I think that open tunings are a trap really because it’s really hard not to sound like an open tuning when your using one and that gets old as well as what you learn in one open tuning is going to stay there. “


” There are nights when you can feel stale because you’ve fallen into a pattern by touring too much, but it’s easy to get out of it by deliberately getting in trouble and playing yourself into a corner to then see if you can get out of it. “


” The principle element in a performance is risk, and if you’re losing interest then by scaring yourself to death the audience will feel it and boy it’ll wake them up. “


” When the audience is awful you can still have a great night and people will walk out thinking they had a great time even though there was loads of loudmouths and the sound was terrible. “


” It is not a mystical thing, however, it is obvious and practical and I think that what the performer does is to try to get to that point with every choice you make from the phrasing in a tune to the choice of tunes. “


” You can’t really tell what the audience wants but you can tell what will keep everybodies attention in the same place. “


” That was when I found out that you could talk to them and it was a whole other way to blow your stack, and it’s so much fun to perform that you want to do it again and the more you get out of it the better. “


” 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. “


” I would say that if you don’t feel like talking to the crowd something is wrong and if you force yourself to talk to them things will happen and to that extent things aren’t choreographed. “


” I don’t spend a lot of time thinking of what they’ll do musically, I try to imagine being locked into a windowless room with this person for twelve hours at a time. If you can look at that and think it might be fun then maybe you’ve got the right musician. “



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It was a kind of paralysis you would get from tendonitis and I would last about five to ten minutes into the set and it would set in and I really couldn
We spent a lot of time on that record with the sound and recorded it on the Paramount sound stage which is this huge room where the sound is reflected but the reflection is so late and comes from so far away that it doesn
I think if you are writing an instrumental you are dealing with more of an aesthetic in a sense but a lyric is more of a putting yourself on the line and a much more expensive exercise.
I think that open tunings are a trap really because it
There are nights when you can feel stale because you
The principle element in a performance is risk, and if you
When the audience is awful you can still have a great night and people will walk out thinking they had a great time even though there was loads of loudmouths and the sound was terrible.
It is not a mystical thing, however, it is obvious and practical and I think that what the performer does is to try to get to that point with every choice you make from the phrasing in a tune to the choice of tunes.
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That was when I found out that you could talk to them and it was a whole other way to blow your stack, and it
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
I would say that if you don
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