"My main guitars are Yamaha SG2000s. My favorite is a purple one from 1980. I have a few others, and a few SG1500s. I switched from the Strat to the Yamahas in late 2010. I’ve played the Strat once in the last three years, and only on one little recording"
- John Frusciante.
And I’m Just sitting here like: “Hmkay”
”” When I was growing up I had a guitar teacher who told me that because I couldn’t play scales picking every note fast, I wasn’t a good guitarist. I think that attitude is wrong. For one thing, I don’t think picking every note sounds very good. I know from chopping up samples that the beginning of a guitar note is the sound of the pick, and it lasts a pretty long time. If you pick every note and play very fast, you hear what people like Yngwie sound like. I love Yngwie’s playing, but it’s not the greatest sound to be picking every note, because you hear more of the pick attack than the sound of the note. Allan Holdsworth doesn’t pick every note, and I consider it a more expressive way to play fast. There’s more tonal variety. There’s more room for expression. In the ’80s, guitarists thought that because somebody played cleanly, or could pick every note fast, or do a lot of fancy tricks, that made them a good guitar player. Guitar playing got lost on that road to a certain degree. It’s not as if being studious and practicing are not advantageous for a guitar player—they are! But the goals are to see the instrument clearly in your mind, produce beautiful music, and express something.”
- John Frusciante in an interview about Enclosure.
"What doesn’t kill you only makes your book longer"
“I said to myself, God, you can’t say no to that [joining the Red Hot Chili Peppers]. Just being in the same room with these guys is an honor, let alone making sounds with them. They have such a history and connection with one another. I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming group of people or situation. These are three people who deserve to be making music and to be making it with other people who care as much about it as they do.”
(Source: lotuskiedis, via rhcprhcprhcp)