Guitar Sayings and Quotes

Whether it’s the twang of country music, the rhythm of jazz, or the fuzz of rock, guitars play a pivotal role in the sound of all genres. There’s a guitar perfect for any type of music you set out to make. Rock out with the collection of wise and insightful guitar quotes below.

A guitar is a very personal extension of the person playing it. You have to be emotionally and spiritually connected to your instrument. I'm very brutal on my instruments, but not all the time.     

Eddie Van Halen

The guitar is the instrument most complete and richest in its harmonic and polyphonic possibilities.     

Manuel de Falla

Guitar is just something I can do. So much of it now is muscle memory, just instinct.     

St. Vincent

Any guitar solo should reflect the music that it's soloing over and not just be existing in its own sort of little world.     

John Frusciante

My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.     

Joan Jett

But that guitar is the perfect companion to the human voice. You rest it against your gut, against your heart, and when you strum it the vibrations go outwards for all to hear, but the vibration also hits you on your body.     

Jason Mraz

Guitars have been the obsession of my life. I first picked one up at the age of four and Ive been a guitar junkie ever since.     

Johnny Marr

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.     

Andres Segovia

Guitar is the best form of self-expression I know. Everything else, and I'm just sort of tripping around, trying to figure my way through life.     


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

Brian May

A guitar is like an old friend that is there with me.     

B B King

His heart was like a battered guitar; worn and scuffed from a life spent out on the road, but still capable of bringing forth beautiful music.     

John Mark Green

The guitar is the easiest instrument to play and the hardest to play well.     

Andres Segovia

Guitar playing is both extremely easy for me and extremely difficult for me at the same time.     

Kirk Hammett

To me a guitar is kind of like a woman. You don't know why you like em but you do.     

Waylon Jennings

The guitar part is the pivot of everything we do, so if you change the guitar part you no longer have what it is.     

Robin Trower

A guitar is just theoretically built wrong. Each string is an interval of fourths, and then the B string is off. Theoretically, that's not right, all the strings should be off.     

Eddie Van Halen

The guitar is like a cuisine and you can't expect people to eat the same thing all the time.     

Richard Lloyd

Guitar playing is just something that came to me and is really second nature now.     

Dave Navarro

The string slices into the skin of his fingers and no matter how tough the calluses, it tears. But this beat is fast and even though his joints are aching, his arm's out of control like it has a mind of its own and the sweat that drenches his hair and face seems to smother him, but nothing's going to stop Tom. He's aiming for oblivion.     

Melina Marchetta

The guitar is a wonderful instrument which is understood by few.     

Franz Schubert

The guitar was my weapon, my shield to hide behind.     

Brian May

With a guitar I would be able to express the things I felt in sounds.     

William Christopher Handy

A guitar riff played on a piano doesn't come close to the purity of it being played on a guitar but I faked it enough to get by.     

Barry Mann

The guitar I now have is permanently out in my house, which my wife loves. But now my kids are interested in it. They definitely thought the old man was much cooler once I started playing again.     

Michael Bland Wife

I think a guitar solo is how my emotion is most freely released, because verbal articulation isn't my strongest communication strength. My wife thinks that I should do interviews by listening to the questions and playing the answer on guitar.     

David Gilmour

The guitar is something you kind of embrace, and the piano is something you kind of when you play it, you sort of push it away. It feels very different.     

Nick Cave

But the guitar, when you think about it, is the most versatile, really. I mean you can pick it up and take it with you wherever you go.     

Eric Clapton

The guitar is a meditative tool to touch God and find love within yourself.     

Pepe Romero

The guitar is your first wings. It's assigned and designed to unfold your vision and imagination.     

Carlos Santana

Sometimes the nicest thing to do with a guitar is just look at it.     

Thom Yorke

Guitar playing isn't really for everybody.     

Brad Paisley

The guitar's not all that expensive either, when you compare it to gettin' a toothpulled or something.     

Merle Haggard

The heavy guitars are the ones that sound good. They are not that comfortable, but they do sound great.     

Neal Schon

The guitar is a much more efficient machine than a computer. More responsive.     

Colin Greenwood

The guitar is the coolest instrument in the world.     

Steve Vai

Just as with a guitar, you can improvise a guitar solo, and they'd probably be similar each time, but they won't be exactly the same. With the word, it's probably a bit freer than that. I probably repeat myself more musically than I do verbally.     

Robyn Hitchcock

Unless the guitar works as a color, then I don't use it, so I haven't been playing guitar too much lately.     

Trevor Rabin

The guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself.     

Ludwig van Beethoven

My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there.     

Brian Eno

Experimenting with different sounds is great, but when it comes down to it, you're still playing a guitar.     

Scott Putesky

Guitars are kind of just, you know, sexy, especially old vintage ones.     

Andrew Bird

A guitar for me is pretty much strictly in the context of writing songs for my band, coming up with ideas with my band, and then being able to perform those songs as best as I can on stage that's what the guitar for me has always been.     

Scott Ian

Guitar comes more out of its limitations for me, like putting it in a weird tuning and then just go places.     

Sam Amidon

The guitar is featured in a lot of popular music on the radio, on TV, and in films.      

Anna Claybourne

A guitar is basically a box with strings are played instruments similar to guitars for thousands of years. They did not all look like a modern guitar, but they worked in the same way.     

Anna Claybourne

Humans have been singing, dancing, and playing instruments for thousands of years. Music can cheer you up, pass the time, inspire you, and help you have fun with others.     

Anna Claybourne

You probably hear music often. It seems to be everywhere, from your dentist's office to the supermarket.     

Anna Claybourne

People sing songs at religious services, at school, and at celebrations.     

Anna Claybourne

Beginning with its commercial introduction in the 1930's, the electric guitar developed into perhaps the most important instrument to shape American popular music in the decades to come.     

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The major forms of american vernacular music that flourished from after World War II through the 1970's-urban blues, country music, rock 'n' roll, and rhythm and blues(R&B)--all depended on the electric guitar.     

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Rock 'n' roll, the most widely embraced form of American popular music, could not have existed without the electric guitar.     

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The major social changes that remade American life across the twentieth century enabled the rise of the electric guitar and its music.     

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The forces that changed American society also nurtured the music and the audience for the electric guitar.     

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Each of us carries a song inside us, the song that makes us human.     

Philip Toshio Sudo

Some schools teach that you must think, breathe, and live guitar twenty-four hours a day. This is obsessive.     

Philip Toshio Sudo

If all you know is the guitar to the exclusion of everything else, your playing will be empty.     

Philip Toshio Sudo

You must relate your guitar playing to the world at large, and vice versa.     

Philip Toshio Sudo

What you bring to your playing is the sum of what you are.     

Philip Toshio Sudo

For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing. The music is the most important thing and the guitar is only the instrument.     

Jerry Garcia

I saw Bob Dylan getting criticized in Australia by this guy who was saying, 'Your new songs aren't as relevant as your old songs.' And Dylan just said, 'Well, I'm out here writing songs-what are you doing?'     

Tom Petty

We didn't have any instruments, so I had to use my guitar.     

Mother Maybelle Carter

Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar.     

Johnny Depp

I was left with an urge to make the guitar sound like things it shouldn't be able to sound like.     

Adrian Belew

Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.     

Andre Segovia

My vocation is more in composition really than anything else-building up harmonies using the guitar, orchestrating the guitar like an arm, a guitar army.     

Jimmy Page

Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string.     


Anyone can play guitar; however, the trick is playing it well.      

Jason Edward Shiffman

A guitar is a lot like life, it can be strummed gently or you can play it furiously, either way, all the resonance is temporary.     

Jason Edward Shiffman

Your talent is a gift. It's like getting a guitar for Christmas; you gotta practice to be the most out of it.     

Steve Supple

Jeff is the guy who took the instrument of guitar into the furthest reaches of guitar universe and nobody ever - nobody even comes close.     

Matthew Longfellow

Clapton reinvented the electric guitar? Clapton plugs in a guitar, he plugs in an electric guitar and he plays it like an acoustic guitar.     

Gilbert Adair

Hendrix plugs in an electric guitar, he plays with his teeth.     

Gilbert Adair

99% of people who come out on stage with a guitar can't play the guitar. You just demonstrated what that thing was actually intended for.     

Simon Cowell

To me, the real interest in playing guitar is to play guitar with another guy. Two guitars together, if you get it right, it can become like an orchestra.     

Brett Morgen

What really changed it to reggae was the riff, actual with the guitar. It was just basically a rhythm change, in terms of what the guitar, the guitar used to play like: chuck, chuck, chuck. And then it started playing: chuck-up, chuck-up, chuck-up, chuck-up     

Kevin Macdonald

It takes a big man to play a little guitar.     

Brian Gunn

Playing the guitar isn't as easy as it looks.     

Jack Mendelsohn

From the strings of my guitar, that seeks only your love, a voice comes forth, that speaks of kisses, lost on your lips, my heart sings with newfound happiness, at the dawning of this new love.     

Marcel Camus

You know what has one strap? Machine guns. You know what else? Electric guitars.      

Jackie Filgo

I would like for us to have dinner, one of these nights. Candle light. Soft guitars     

Abe Burrows

Maybe if musicians got off their blogs and picked up their guitars, the music business would be in better shape.     

Josh Schwartz

Hey, here I go a lucky so and so / Happy 'cause I know, I've got my fast guitar / Singing pretty songs, knowing I belong     

Bill Dees

I'm a lady from the valley / Coming out to check a band / See I'm a crazy into rock and rol / I got to have a guitar man     

Bob Esty