"My goal here is to have a vehicle that can handle big storytelling, big immersive musical experiences and trans-media experiences, that each time it happens it’s big enough and loud enough that it moves people to think a little differently at times."
"It’s the greatest thing in the world to be able to have something to express yourself besides your mouth... which usually gets you in trouble anyway. Shut up and play the guitar."
"I still enjoy the feel of the guitar on my hands. It’s really exhilarating to stand on stage in front of people... to elicit and emotion from them and to feel that emotion yourself, it’s a transfer of energy and that’s really the whole thing."
"There’s politics in it, there’s obsession in it, there’s romanticism in it, there’s poetry in it, and there’s your own personal relationship to it. It’s an entire world really."
At some point it literally comes down to sitting in a room with a guitar... if you want to get on stage, then do. If you want to practice, sometimes it’s going to be hard. Music is about a feeling and it’s about having fun.
"I want to make sure that every time we get to experience that power and that feeling... that you're playing something on guitar that is new or feels explosive, and important. It's trying to channel all of the stuff you've loved, been influenced by, and trying to find something new."
"I cite guitar playing and I cite this band with pushing me forward and giving me that North Star. It's a feeling, it's a thing that you carry with you, it's a fire." In this episode Ernie Ball? artists, Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger of Halestorm discuss their beginnings with guitar, their love of playing, and their relationship with Ernie Ball.
"Guitar playing is kind of like therapy... you can go and not think about things for a while, and just feel. It’s pretty cool." In this episode Ernie Ball artists, Phil Manansala and Alan Ashby from Of Mice & Men discuss their beginnings with guitar, their love of playing, and their relationship with Ernie Ball.
"I don’t think I picked music, music picked me… I don’t know where I’d be without it, it’s always been apart of my identity." In this episode, guitarist Daron Malakian of System of A Down and Scars on Broadway discusses his beginnings with music and guitar, his love of playing, and his relationship with Ernie Ball.
"I always try to think a little bit out of the box. A little to the left. Everyone does 4/4, 4/4." Watch Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe dive into his early inspirations, his creative process, and how he gets his signature tone with Ernie Ball strings.
“I love guitar playing. It's a passion for me....It's one of the few things I've been sure of in my entire life....It's the one thing consistently throughout my life that I've strived to get better at and...always felt challenged and engaged in.” Watch Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! dive into her early musical influences, her creative process, and why she’s played Ernie Ball strings since she was 12.
"The need to play music is like feeding the soul. You can only go so long without it and then you have to have it back." Clint Black talks about tone hunting, and why he’s played Ernie Ball strings since 1991.
“Songwriting for me is finding what the idea is and exploring it. You're not questioning it, you’re just going with it." Watch Jimmy Adkins of Jimmy Eat World dive into his creative process and why he’s always played with Ernie Ball strings.
"It's that desire to want to create. Why do artists draw and why do writers write? Because you have to." Watch John Petrucci of Dream Theater dive into his creative process and why he’s always played with Ernie Ball.
"It's a super power. It's an invisible cape. It's a magic trick. It's a tenuous operation of unfathomable nuance. It's an ever-evolving stream of happy accidents. It's a culture made up of weirdos and rule breakers, and geniuses of design and beach freaks and brainiacs and cavemen and beautiful little flowers...and it's been a huge part of my identity for as long as I can remember." In this episode, Ernie Ball? artist Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N' Roses) discusses his beginnings with music and guitar, his love of playing, and his relationship with Ernie Ball.
"The first time I ever picked up a guitar it was empowering, it was almost like a magical sword, pulling it from the stone and looking at it....at that moment my life was completely changed forever." Ernie Ball artists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance of Avenged Sevenfold discuss their beginnings with bass and guitar, their love of playing, and their relationship with Ernie Ball.
In this episode, Ernie Ball? artist Andy McKee discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
Dans cet épisode, l'artiste Ernie Ball et bassiste de Green Day, Mike Dirnt, parle de ses débuts avec la basse et la guitare, de son amour du jeu et de sa relation avec Ernie Ball.
"It was freeing to have the ability to show up with an acoustic guitar really anywhere and express myself. And the rhythm gave me a bed to enhance my vocal. I sing better when I'm playing guitar than when I'm just standing there. I can put my whole body into it." In this episode, Ernie Ball artist Lissie discusses her influences, her history with playing guitar, and her Ernie Ball strings.
"Music to me is about camaraderie with somewhat that you make something really special with." In this episode, Ernie Ball artist Rex Brown discusses creating music with his friends, being influenced by his sister's collection of rock music, and his Ernie Ball strings.
String Theory is a web series from Ernie Ball that explores the sonic origins of some of music's most innovative players. In this episode, Ernie Ball artist Paul Stanley discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"The guitar has been a part of my daily life since I was ten years old." In this episode, Ernie Ball artist Don Felder discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"When I'm playing, and I'm in the moment of just sitting and playing, there's a lot of freedom in my head, and melodies. I love when I just play and the first thing that comes to mind just comes out. It's very liberating." In this episode, Ernie Ball artist Steve Vai discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"I almost resisted being a shredder and learning stuff because that put you in another world. That put you in the metal world, whereas punk was just about aggression and simplicity. Early on it crept in there because I realized I actually like to shred." In this episode, Ernie Ball? artist Jade Puget of AFI discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"I feel like I play guitar like a cavewoman or something, you know? Like, I'm just like [makes windmill motion] and sometimes it works." In this episode, Ernie Ball? artist Lindsey Troy of Deap Vally discusses her influences, her history with playing guitar, and her Ernie Ball strings.
String Theory is a web series from Ernie Ball that explores the sonic origins of some of music's most innovative players. In this episode Ernie Ball? artist Kurt Vile discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"With the guitar, I think it's the challenge of being able to make something sound beautiful on it, especially even with distortion; you want to sound aggressive, but you still want it to sound beautiful." In this episode Ernie Ball artist Chris Broderick discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"What is guitar playing? It's creativity, it's expression; it's something that my life would not feel complete without." In this episode Ernie Ball? artists and 311 guitarists Nick Hexum and Tim Mahoney discuss their influences, their history with playing guitar, and their Ernie Ball strings.
"Guitar playing is sometimes the greatest expression of pure joy that you can have. Guitar playing has become the means by which I’ve gotten to see the world. Guitar playing means the ability to express yourself outside of mere words." In this episode Ernie Ball? artist and guitarist for Eagles of Death Metal Jesse Hughes discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"I'd never thought of myself as a very accomplished guitar player, but I've always played in my own way and it's served me emotionally, I think, as a way of being a person." In this episode Ernie Ball? artist Dhani Harrison (thenewno2, Fistful of Mercy) discusses his love of guitar, influences, and choice of strings and gauges.
"I just found by playing the guitar louder, you can get some air moving and it hits your body and impacts you somehow. So I've always worn earplugs since the beginning too, 'cause I wanted it to affect my body and not just hear it, you know?" In this episode Ernie Ball? artist and guitarist for influential rock band Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
In this episode, Ernie Ball artist Tom Dumont of No Doubt and Dreamcar discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"It's something that helps define myself to myself. It gives me a real sort of foundation as to what I feel--I believe--that I was put on this earth to do, which is to make music." In this episode, Ernie Ball? artist and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett discusses his love of guitar, influences, and choice of strings and gauges.
"Tout va pour le mieux lorsque je peux faire un solo vraiment superbe--mais aussi quand l'audience réalise que c'était un solo superbe. Quand les deux coincident, que tout le monde est content et que tu es vraiment fier de ce que tu as fait, tu ne peux pas reproduire ça." Clay Cook parle de son éducation, de ses influences, et de la raison pour laquelle il est un si grand fan d'Ernie Ball et de Music Man depuis ses débuts.
"Jouer de la basse représente pour moi la liberté ultime. quand je fais de la musique, m'exprimer devient beaucoup plus facile". Dans cet épisode, l'artiste et le bassiste Ernie Ball Justin Chancellor du groupe légendaire TOOL, parle de ses premières influences et des émotions lorsequ'on joue sur scène.
"Je ne sais pas ce qui fait qu'une guitare sonne bien...Je sais seulement si elle sonne bien ou pas au moment où je la tiens et je joue un accord. C'est l'énergie. Si tu sens des vagues d'énergie qui en émanent au moment où tu la tiens, c'est comme ça que tu sais que c'est la bonne. C'est comme un coup de foudre." Butch Walker discute à propos de choisir une guitare dans cet épisode de la Théorie des Cordes.
"Ce n'est pas l'équipement, c'est l'intention. Quand tu joues, joues avec de mauvaises intentions. Et quand tu joues, l'âme de la musique doit se manifester." Regardez Joe Bonamassa parler à propos de ses premières tournées et de sa véritable passion pour la guitare dans cet épisode de la Théorie des Cordes.
"Music to me is obviously everything I've been doing my whole adult life. It's in everything. It's always there. It's something that we kinda get used to, and take for granted in a lot of ways, but when it's not there you notice". In this episode Mike explores how different gauges of Ernie Ball Slinky strings help him craft his sound from bass to acoustic guitar, his first Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay and his creative process.
"Si tu ne fait pas de bending, tu pourrais très bien être un joueur de clavecin. En faisant des bending tu prétend être un chanteur n quelque sorte, même si tu as une mauvaise voix." Paul Gilbert des groupes Mr. Big et Racer X parle de la puissance de la guitare dans cet épisode de String Theory.
"Jouer à la guitare est aussi important pour moi que de respirer de l'air." Regardez notre conversation avec Kenny Wayne Shepherd dans cet épisode de la Théorie des Cordes.
"Rechercher des sons différents et différentes manières de jouer qui m'intéressent sera toujours une longue quête...C'est ma vie." Regardez l'interview complet de Bobb Bruno du groupe Best Coast dans cet épisode de la Théorie des Cordes.
"La guitare demande à être jouée de façon dynamique. Tu transfères physiquement et viscéralement de l'énergie dans les cordes." Dustin Kensrue du groupe Thrice discute à propos de "jouer différemment" dans cet épisode Théorie des Cordes.
"Jouer sur scène est toujours excitant et énergétique. Essayer de nouvelles choses lors d'un concert en sachant que ça pourrait tout gâcher... C'est amusant quand tu réussis le défi." Courtney Barnett discute à propos du jeu sur scène et de son processus de composition spécifique dans cet épisode de la Théorie des Cordes.
"Tu maintiens cette note aigue et elle s'élève. Et c'est comme si tu avais été mis au monde pour faire ça." Ecoutez Joe Don du groupe Rascall Flatts parler à propos de la force de la musique dans cet épisode de la Théorie des Cordes.
"La musique et la guitare sont synonymes pour moi. Ils représentent mes loisirs, mes soins thérapeutiques, mon travail... Je ne fais que ça." Regardez Ilan Rubin des groupes The New Regime, Nine Inch Nails et Angel Airwaves parler de sa passion pour la guitare dans cet épisode de la Théorie des Cordes.
"De nombreuses personnes me demandent, 'comment tu as obtenu ce son de synthé.' Je réponds , 'C'est juste une guitare.'" Dans cet épisode de la Théori des Cordes, Josh Carter du groupe Phantogram discute comment l'apprentissage de la guitare lui a permi d'améliorer ses compétences en composition.
"La guitare est un de ces instruments qui est juste infini. Il y a toujours des choses que l'on peut faire avec." Steve Stevens se souvient des solos joués avec son groupe Billy Idol dans cet épisode de la Théorie des Cordes.
"Jouer à la guitare est très viscéral d'après moi. "C'est primitif dans un sens. Mais c'est vraiment un véhicule pour toutes les compositions et les performances. C'est mon moyen de subsistance." Jake Smith aka The White Buffalo discute son processus de composition et plus dans cet épisode de la Théorie des Cordes.