Which guitar players have you studied?
interested in doing... I like to hear a great
musician pouring his heart out up there.
How do you feel about the world of
computers and technology?
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think traveling is a rich experience for me, and
I inhale everyone else’s cultures. I try to learn
from it and see what I can do with it, with whatever I have. I’m just a humble white kid from
down under who had no education. I ran away
from school, and I never had guitar lessons, I
don’t read music. I do everything by ear, and
my life every day is improvised.
We have a world full of passion and people
who want to play music, who are driven, and
there’s a reason for all that. We need that in
our lives. We don’t need where the world is
going, in the computer age, to separate us,
you know. Music brings us together. It’s a powerful force. It’s the most positive force in this
world. And that’s the way that it’s meant to be.
Well, the first person I really studied was Chet
Atkins. I didn’t need to go much further than
that, because there was so much to his body
of work. It still is amazing. But I’ve listened to
music of every genre. I’ve listened to metal
music, rock ‘n’ roll, classical, country music,
jazz, punk—you name it and I’ve listened to it,
and I still do that. The music that touches me
most, apart from indigenous music of other
countries, is the music of great singer/songwriters. What touches me is what touches
you, songs that move your heart and tell a
story, and really are soulful. Like most of the
world, the ones who really grab me are the
ones who are for real, like Billy Joel, Stevie
Wonder, Eric Clapton, Elton John—all the biggies. They’re the guys who write the songs
that touch the whole world. That’s what I’m
Oh, it’s incredible! It’s amazing, and I’ll tell
you what it’s doing in my world. I’m seeing young people play much more complicated and difficult music at a younger age,
because they’ve seen someone else do it,
and they’ve watched it a hundred thousand
times, and they’ve been able to figure it
out. It’s absolutely amazing. There are some
kids out there, 12 and 14 years old, who are
playing amazing things that I could never
have dreamed of playing when I was their
age. It’s all because they’re inspired by what
they see and hear. Brilliant.
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