Ritchie Blackmore Best Quotes

Richard Hugh “Ritchie” Blackmore (born 14 April 1945) is a British guitarist and songwriter, who began his professional career as a session musician as a member of the instrumental band The Outlaws and as a backing musician of pop singers such as Glenda Collins, Heinz, Screaming Lord Sutch and Neil Christian. Blackmore was also one of the original members of Deep Purple, playing jam-style rock music which mixed simple guitar riffs and organ sounds. During his solo career, he established a neoclassical metal band called Rainbow which fused baroque music influences and elements of hard rock. Rainbow gradually progressed to catchy pop style hard rock. Later in life, he formed the traditional folk rock project Blackmore’s Night transitioning to vocalist-centred sounds. Their latest album, Dancer & the Moon, was released on June 2013, which entered at # 189 on USA’s Billboard Album Charts. Enjoy Ritchie Blackmore’s best quotes below.

Ritchie Blackmore
“Ian Gillan, Roger Glover and I wanted to be a hard rock band – we wanted to play rock and roll only.”
“I however don’t go to clubs to show off and to be seen, and certainly not to make statements. I just want to be able to quietly watch a band.”
“I don’t put myself on Jeff Beck’s level, but I can relate to him when he says he’d rather be working on his car collection than playing the guitar.”
“I was impressed by Hendrix. His attitude was brilliant. Even the way he walked was amazing.”
“They used to complain at school that I looked out of the window for long periods of time – that sums up my life. I like to look out the window, do nothing, daydream.”
“Learning to play with a big amplifier is like trying to control an elephant.”
“If a ballet dancer falls over, it’s knowing how to get out looking clumsy that counts.”
“When you’re around someone good, your own standards are raised.”
“The only way you can get good, unless you’re a genius, is to copy. That’s the best thing. Just steal.”
“I’ve always played every amp I’ve ever had full up, because rock and roll is supposed to be played loud. Also, that’s how you get your sustain.”
“Playing a Fender is an art itself. They’re always going out of tune.”
“I’m not into that Keith Richard trip of having all those guitars in different tunings. I never liked the Rolling Stones much anyway.”
“Combing my hair doesn’t make me a better musician.”
“Stevie Ray Vaughan was very intense. Maybe that’s what caught everybody’s attention. As a player, he didn’t do anything amazing.”
“The cello is such a melancholy instrument, such an isolated, miserable instrument.”
“If you can play well in the studio, you can play well on stage.”
“But you have to give your whole life to a cello. When I realized that, I went back to the guitar and just turned the volume up a bit louder.”
“I criticize my own work pretty harshly.”
“When something is not good, it’s bad. Period.”
“Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He’s very underrated.”
“Simplicity is the key.”
“Session work makes you more strict. You can’t hit notes all over the place. You’ve got to make each one really count.”
“I think a lot about death more than life, because we’re going towards death.”
“In my early days, I never used finger vibrato at all. I originally carved my reputation as one of the ‘fast’ guitar players.”
“When I was 20, I didn’t give a damn about song construction. I just wanted to make as much noise and play as fast and as loud as possible.”
“Those record companies don’t know what’s happening at all.”
“I was impressed by Hendrix. Not so much by his playing, as his attitude – he wasn’t a great player, but everything else about him was brilliant.”
“I never work out my leads. Everything I do is usually totally spontaneous. If someone says, ‘That was good; play that again,’ I’m not able to do it.”
“I’m very moved by Renaissance music, but I still love to play hard rock – though only if it’s sophisticated and has some thought behind it.”
“I can turn on some jazz guitarist, and he won’t do a thing for me, if he’s not playing electrically. But Jeff Beck’s great to listen to.”
“I had given up the guitar between ’75 and ’78. I completely lost interest. I was sick of hearing other guitar players and I was tired of my tunes.”
“I can never remember what I do even in the studio.”
“I don’t use the twang bar anymore. It’s become too popular.”
“I found the blues too limiting, and classical was too disciplined.”
“I’m not good enough, technically, to be a classic musician. I lack discipline.”
“Jimi… He was the gov’nor and that’s it. He was brilliant, wasn’t he?”
“What’s the point of re-releasing an album? The original sounded good, why change something about it?”
“When you’ve toured for about 10 years like me, you end up feeling like you’re always waiting for somebody or something. The whole day is a drag.”
“I have never met one person who likes Grand Funk.”
“Everything I do is usually totally spontaneous.”
“I don’t see myself as such an important guitarist.”
“I like leaping around on stage as long as it’s done with class. None of this jumping up in the air and doing the splits.”
“Hendrix inspired me, but I was still more into Wes Montgomery. I was also into the Allman Brothers around the time of those albums.”
“I can do the old hand vibrato just fine, but I like attacking the strings.”
“I can imagine that Rod Stewart likes giving autographs because he’s pure showbusiness.”
“I feel like I own the stage.”
“I was always stuck in a musical no man’s land.”
“Pete Townshend used to crash chords and let the guitar feed back. He’s overrated.”
“When you’re recording, if you’re not really clean in your playing, it sounds like a mess.”

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