Jeff Beck Quotes

Quests by English rock guitarist Jeff Beck. Possibly the most influential guitarist in the entire history of rock music.

“I’m a very emotional person. If I’ve got something on my mind, that would stop me from giving my best.” – Jeff Beck

“I play the way I do because it allows me to come up with the sickest sounds possible. That’s the point now isn’t it?” – Jeff Beck

“I play purely from the heart, y’know, and so if it doesn’t work the first couple of hours, forget it.” – Jeff Beck

“I was really small when jazz broke through in England and I can still remember sneaking off to the living room to listen to it on the radio – much to my parent’s disapproval.” – Jeff Beck

“I don’t understand why some people will only accept a guitar if it has an instantly recognizable guitar sound. Finding ways to use the same guitar people have been using for 50 years to make sounds that no one has heard before is truly what gets me off.” – Jeff Beck

“I don’t care about the rules. In fact, if I don’t break the rules at least 10 times in every song then I’m not doing my job properly.” – Jeff Beck

“I like the studio because it’s delicate; you’re working for sound. I like the garage because chopping up lumps of steel is the exact opposite of delicate. The garage is a more dangerous place though. I’ve never almost been crushed by a guitar, but I can’t say the same about one of my Corvettes.” – Jeff Beck

“I like an element of chaos in music. That feeling is the best thing ever, as long as you don’t have too much of it.” – Jeff Beck

“I cherish my privacy, and woe betide anyone who tries to interfere with that.” – Jeff Beck

“If you were to plot my success or failure, it goes, it very seldom stays on a high plateau.” – Jeff Beck

“It’s a diabolical business. I can’t imagine how hellish it must be to be hounded like Amy Winehouse and people like that. I have a little peripheral place on the outskirts of celebrity, when I go to premieres and that sort of stuff, which is as close as I want to get.” – Jeff Beck

“Sometimes when I do an overdub solo, they’ll keep four or five of my attempts and then mix the bits that they like to make a solo up out of them. It’s not against the rules, really – I can learn my own solos, then. But that’s the whole beauty of multi-track recording, isn’t it?” – Jeff Beck

“If I’m on form and I’m not being bothered too much by mental problems or whatever, I can whip out something good. That’s why I’ve done quite a few overdubs for Tina Turner and things like that, because even before she made this comeback I said yes to her, just because I love Tina Turner.” – Jeff Beck

“I try to become a singer. The guitar has always been abused with distortion units and funny sorts of effects, but when you don’t do that and just let the genuine sound come through, there’s a whole magic there.” – Jeff Beck

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