I think that open tunings are a trap really because it’s really hard not to sound like an open tuning when your using one and that gets old as well as what you learn in one open tuning is going to stay there.
I don’t spend a lot of time thinking of what they’ll do musically, I try to imagine being locked into a windowless room with this person for twelve hours at a time. If you can look at that and think it might be fun then maybe you’ve got the right musician.
I am evidence that you don’t have to sell a lot of records or succeed in the usual way to have a big audience and a job.
I think if you are writing an instrumental you are dealing with more of an aesthetic in a sense but a lyric is more of a putting yourself on the line and a much more expensive exercise.
The bulk of my set is instrumental and you have to give yourself and the audience some relief because a performance is not about great guitar playing it’s really about entertainment.
The first music I was exposed to was Stravinsky and I loved it but I don’t remember it.
I was taking a nose dive somewhere between eleven and twelve because my sister had died and I was practicing something that siblings do which is follow in their footsteps and die as well.
All bad jazz sounds like Woody Woodpecker.
When the audience is awful you can still have a great night and people will walk out thinking they had a great time even though there was loads of loudmouths and the sound was terrible.
Musically, I am still hooked and just hypnotized by the sound of the guitar itself. I mean, a guitar sounds good if you drop it on the floor.
I do have a library of events I can talk about and I always expect to find a different point of view on it so even if I talk about the same event in the same town it’s fresh.
I have always thought of myself as a performer first and way down the line as a recording artist.