Guitar Quotes

Guitarists love to talk about their instrument, from witty quips and puns to profound expressions of a poetic bent. We have collected some of the more common classical guitar sayings and, hopefully, a few uncommon classical guitar quotations as well. If you know of any sayings about guitar, particularly classical guitar quotes, please share them with us.

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Quotable Quotes

To play the guitar well is easy, to play the guitar poorly is difficult. Pepe Romero
One must make of one’s fingers well drilled soldiers. Fernando Sor
Guitarists spend half their time tuning and the other half playing out of tune. Anonymous
It is not the water that wears down the stone but the unceasing relentlessness of the individual drops. Anonymous
If a lute player lives to be 100, he spends 99 years tuning and one year playing. Anonymous
Never having thought of writing for the guitar, I asked Julian Bream for a chart which would explain what the guitar could do. I managed to write some rather pretty pieces for him, except that the first six notes of the first piece all need to be played on open strings. So when he begins to play the audience will probably think he’s tuning the bloody thing up! William Walton
The harmonious efforts which our guitarists produce unconsciously represent one of the marvels of natural art. Manuel de Falla
It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of ‘culture’. John Cage
Take but degree away, untune that string, and hark, what discord follows! William Shakespeare
The turning point in the history of western civilization was reached with the invention of the electric guitar. Lene Sinclair
Electric guitars are an abomination, whoever heard of an electric violin? An electric cello? Or for that matter an electric singer? Andres Segovia
My guitar, I sing of thee
‘Tis with thee that I decoy
And ensnare enchantingly
the ladies I enjoy.
Pierre de Ronsard
A guitar has moonlight in it. James M. Cain
Yes, we three were so happy, my wife, my guitar and me! Big Bill Broonzy
If I don’t practice one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public knows it. Jascha Heifetz
I love the guitar for its harmony; it is my constant companion in all my travels. Nicolo Paganini
The [guitar is the] instrument most complete and richest in its harmonic and polyphonic possibilities. Manuel de Falla
The guitar is a wonderful instrument which is understood by few. Franz Schubert
(I was) my own teacher and pupil, and thanks to the efforts of both, they were not discontented with each other. Andres Segovia
All the worst things happen in the best works, and the worst music appears to be all streaked through with the most luscious bits Bernard Van Dieren
Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two. Fredric Chopin
Sometimes when I play the guitar, I feel like I am dancing with God. And although I step on her toes from time to time, she is content to let me lead. Anonymous