Famous quotes from the best musicians!

We dedicated musicians spent a lot of time practising to perfect our craft. Some interesting quotes can always help in motivating us to carry on, and also add a dash of fun in our music practising life. Here are some quotes I find interesting personally. Enjoy and have fun…..

Talent is cheap, and many talents treat themselves cheaply.
~ Bill Evans

Only play what you hear. If you don’t hear anything, don’t play anything.
~ Chick Corea

It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
~ Dizzy Gillespie

Men have died for this music. You can’t get more serious than that.
~ Dizzy Gillespie

Retire to what?
~ Duke Ellington

Music is my religion. Music is the only thing that has never failed me. People let you down, music won’t.
~ Gary Bartz

Davis understood that the space between the notes was sometimes just as important as the notes themselves. But he also understood that too much space between the notes, and people would think that the concert was over and go home…
~ Genius Guide to Jazz,
July 2001

Regarding jam sessions: Jazz musicians are the only workers I can think of who are willing to put in a full shift for pay and then go somewhere else and continue to work for free.
~ George Carlin

I’m not here to raise hippie consciousness, I’m here to wet some panties.
~ Jaco Pastorius

If you’re going to make a mistake, make it loud so everybody else sounds wrong.
~ Joe Venuti

If everyone liked what I did, I probably wouldn’t be playing anything of depth.
~ Joshua Redman

Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.
~ Ludwig Von Beethoven

Do not fear mistakes, there are none.
~ Miles Davis

If they act too hip, you know they can’t play shit.
~ Miles Davis

In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that no one else has thought of.
~ Robert Schumann

Wes Montgomery played impossible things on the guitar because it was never pointed out to him that they were impossible.
~ Ronnie Scott

Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
~ Thelonious Monk

Regardless of what you play, the biggest thing is keeping the feel going.
~ Wes Montgomery

There is no such thing as a wrong note

~ Art Tatum

Look, you come in here tomorrow, and anything you do with your right hand i’ll do with my left hand

~ Art Tatum

We really never know what we’re gonna play when we get on stage.

~ Keith Jarret

It’s very difficult for me to dislike an artist. No matter what he’s creating, the fact that he’s experiencing the joy of creation makes me feel like we’re in a brotherhood of some kind… we’re in it together.

~ Chick Corea

But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle me so much that I forget that I’m a husband and a father.

~ Herbie Hancock

But these days I never turn on radios, I always turn them off.
~ Herbie Hancock

Creativity shouldn’t be following radio; it should be the other way around.
~ Herbie Hancock

Nobody told me I was a child prodigy.
~ Herbie Hancock

3 Comments

  • Jessica

    Reply Reply May 8, 2010

    Music spells melody, music spells unity, music spells special, music spells intelligence, music spells creativity. Music is in my blood. Music is my life, my passion. Music loves me, and I love music.

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