Hey, Take Some Advice on Making Music (and Art) From Great Musicians
"Imagine a dolphin dancing in the sky," says Yoko Ono. "Let it dance with joy. Think of yourself at the bottom of the ocean watching."
Captain Beefheart: "You should play like a drowning man."
That's her advice to aspiring musicians, as collected in this cool Flavorpill list of music icons' advice to would-be artists. The 25 quotes range from the obscure (see above) to the practical -- like what Richard Lloyd says about learning to love numerical ratios. Here are some of our favorite pieces of advice:
Captain Beefheart: "If you're guilty of thinking, you're out. If your brain is part of the process, you're missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing."
Frank Zappa: "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible."
Jack White: "I always look at playing guitar as an attack. It has to be a fight. Every song, every guitar solo, every note that's played or written has to be a struggle. It can't be this wimpy thing where you're pushed around by the idea, the characters, or the song itself. It's every player's job to fight against all of that."
Richard Lloyd: "1:2, 2:3, 3:4, 4:5, 5:6, 8:9, 15:16 and 32:45... Those are your ratios. You can do a million things with them. All of music comes from them. I hope you study them. I hope you do well... read, [and] try to see that whatever you're looking at musically, on the inside there are these ratios and their relationships. It's a skeleton key for understanding a great number of other things connected with the guitar."
You can find all of the good advice over at Flavorpill.