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Steve Vai quotes

The older I get, the more I just like plugging directly into my amp. I'm tired of trying to impress myself with weird sounds. It's about the notes more.

If you're feeling emotional when you're creating something, it'll sound that way.

You know, there's times when you should play and there's times when you gotta hold back.

Criticism can be devastating. When push comes to shove, we are all very sensitive.

I have a deep love for life and my fellow human beings. I try to understand everything that everybody does, even if it seems wrong to me.

I was always one of those guys who was a seeker after truth. I want to know what's going on.

I'm a big fan of cultural music, and that's how I try to expand my playing, by listening to music that is not conventionally American.

If I remain true to what's in my heart, that's all the success I need.

It's very hard to come across as a passionate human being in print. People can't hear the inflections in your voice.

My past is very interesting, and I treasure it, but to write about it, it's just not on my radar.

The only time I'm miserable is when I can't keep an instrument in tune.

When I was a teenager in the '70s, I was really into those great bands like Led Zeppelin and Queen and Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper.

When I was growing up, the blues did seem too simple to me. I was just a muso.

You can never deny the immense talent, rock credibility and iconic historical contribution that Van Halen made.

The classical guitar has a dynamic to it unlike a regular acoustic guitar or an electric guitar. You know, there's times when you should play and there's times when you gotta hold back. It's an extremely dynamic instrument.

As a musician, I look for certain things that stimulate me. And what I look for is something that's an evolution on a particular genre that I never heard before.

As far as Deep Purple goes, I mean, they're iconic. Their contribution is unquantifiable, and as far as the politics involved in things like awards, you know, I don't think anything, because I know what they mean to me, and I know what they mean to the people who like them. Awards are very politically based.

I can tell you this: I'm an extremely passionate individual. I try to be careful how I display it because you never know how people are going to take it.

I don't think I approach my songs differently from other artists. You get a big picture of it, and you imagine the song and hear and feel it, and that big picture is like a snapshot, and it comes to you as fast as it takes to click a camera.

I loved the idea of recording. The idea of sound-on-sound-recording captured me as a young kid, and once I realized what it was I had an epiphany. Before I was even playing the guitar, I would create these lists of how I would record things and overdub them, like Led Zeppelin song, 'I could put this guitar on this track...' and so on.