Playing music is one of those things that comes naturally to some people, while to others it seems about as straightforward as performing intricate surgery after a heavy night on the booze. (The latter group often go onto be music journalists.) But still, if you’re set on making music as well as appreciating it, then who better to ask than the people who do it best? Captain Beefheart’s characteristically idiosyncratic advice for guitarists resurfaced recently at Dangerous Minds, and it got us looking for similar words of wisdom from great musicians past and present about the art of playing their instruments. Read on for tips from the best.
“If you’re guilty of thinking, you’re out. If your brain is part of the process, you’re missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing.”