Best Eddie Van Halen Quotes

The Top Ten

1 I have selective hearing.
2 Music is for people. The word 'pop' is simply short for popular. It means that people like it. I'm just a normal jerk who happens to make music. As long as my brain and fingers work, I'm cool.
3 We're musicians. We make music for a living. Its that simple. Nothing else matters.
4 I'm not a rock star, sure I am to a certain extent because of the situation, but when kids ask me how it feels to be a rock star I say leave me alone, I am not a rock star. I'm not in it for the fame. In it because I like to play.
5 If you want to be a rock star or just be famous, then run down the street naked, you'll make the news or something. But if you want music to be your livelihood, then play, play, play and play! And eventually you'll get to where you want to be.
6 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.
7 It's always about the music, never about anything else.
8 I started doing all kinds of weird stuff on the guitar, which became part of my playing. I started doing harmonics and tapping on the guitar and pulling off strings and doing all this weird stuff that no one had ever done before.
9 The piano is a universal instrument. If you start there, learn your theory and how to read, you can go on to any other instrument.
10 There are really three parts to the creative process. First there is inspiration, then there is the execution, and finally there is the release.

The Contenders

11 The hell with the critics!! If it sounds right then it is.
12 Can you imagine a world without music?!
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