Feel Like Giving Up On Guitar? Read These Inspiring Guitarist Quotes

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Motivational quotes for music lovers, guitar players and everyone in between. Inspiring words to light you up when darkness sets in, to remind you that you are never alone.

Learning guitar can be tough. No matter how much you love playing, it can sometimes be frustrating, tricky, and deflating. But you’re not alone.

Learning guitar is a journey, not a destination. There will be ups and downs, but if you keep practising and never give up, you will eventually reach your goals.

To help you stay motivated, here are some inspirational quotes about strength, resilience, and hope from some of the world’s most skilled and talented guitarists.

Bookmark, pin, save, or stick these inspiring quotes wherever you please, ensuring that the only blues you feel are of the B.B. King variety.


#1. Bryan May Quote

“The guitar was my weapon, my shield to hide behind.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Even total rock stars can be low on confidence. Don’t let it hold you back; accept it’s natural. You’re only human. Your self-belief will grow.

#2. Paul Gilbert Quote

“I had struggled with alternate picking for a very long time. I never thought I could do it”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Everybody finds learning guitar hard at first. Nothing worth having in life is meant to come easy. So get on it. Get stuck in. You can do it.


#3. Jeff Buckley Quote

“I just want to be a guy with a guitar”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Shameless confession – you know you’re the coolest dude in the room if you play guitar. Oh yeah baby.

#4. Jimi Page Quote

“I believe every guitar player inherently has something unique about their playing. They just have to identify what makes them different and develop it.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Learn as much as you can, work on those core techniques and tomorrow you could be writing your own Purple Haze.

#5. Billy Joe Armstrong Quote

“I just plug in and let go.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Play like nobody is listening. Go wild. If you let it be, this guitar-playing thing is unbelievably fun in epic proportions.

#6. Chet Atkins Quote

“Try to express your own ideas. It’s much more difficult to do, but the rewards are there if you’re good enough to pull it off.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

The only way to get truly amazing on guitar is to learn other people’s styles and songs. Period. Don’t be afraid to explore your own style in time.

#7. Stone Gossard Quote

“I picked up my guitar and I knew what I wanted to do.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Sometimes, you just know… a pretty amazing feeling, isn’t it?

#8. Niall Horan Quote

“Someone told me the smile on my face gets bigger when I play the guitar.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Admit it. You’re smiling now, aren’t you?…

#9. James Hetfield Quote

“If you’re into what you’re playing, that’s the most important thing.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Don’t forget to enjoy playing. You picked up the guitar for a reason. Never forget that.

#10. Jim Heath Quote

“That’s the cool thing about the guitar- there’s always more to learn.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

The more you learn, the more your skills skyrocket. The more they skyrocket, the more astoundingly epic you play the guitar. There’s a whole lotta ‘mores’ to inspire you to get playing.

#11. Jimi Hendrix Quote

“Sometimes you’ll want to give up the guitar – you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Very powerful. The maestro himself sums it up. (This is my personal favourite if you’re asking).

Nearly every guitar player feels shy and nervous playing guitar in front of other people when they start out. With practice, you’ll improve, and confidence comes with competence.

#12. John Frusciante Quote

“As long as you’re excited about what you’re playing, and as long as it comes from your heart, it’s going to be great.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Follow your heart and keep playing. As the man said, everything will be alright if you keep playing. It sure is great to be a guitar player!

#13. Keith Richards Quote

“If you say I’m great, thank you very much. But I know what I am. I could be better, man, you know?”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Mr. Richards teaches us to always strive for progress on the guitar. Dedicate yourself to continual learning to become a guitar great.

#14. Mark Knopfler Quote

“I just want to be able to play and make people feel good with what I do. When you’re thinking that way, anything can happen. And, usually, what happens is good.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Think of the smile you have the power to put on somebody’s face with your playing. Remember how strong the power of music is.

#15. Stevie Ray Vaughan Quote

“Since I can’t read music and everything, I find out that I do the best when I just listen to where I’m trying to go with it, and where it can go, and not try to rush it”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Who says you need to read music to totally crush it at playing the guitar? Not Stevie Ray, for one. You have no limitations. Use your ears and follow a structured practice routine. Now, you’ll become a great guitar player.

#16. Slash Quote

“Guitar is the best form of self-expression I know. Everything else, and I’m just sort of tripping around, trying to figure my way through life.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Don’t feel like talking socially at times? Need some ‘me time’ now and then? Your perfect friend is ready and waiting to be taken into your hands, and she’s got six shiny strings.

#17. Paul McCartney Quote

One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.

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Your Motivating Buzz:

That point when all your learned skills and knowledge on the guitar enable you to start creating your own music is an epic life-changing moment, my friend.

#18. Steve Vai Quote

“I’ve learned over the years that you’re going to be most successful at the things you’re most excited to do.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

It’s a running theme, isn’t it this one? Always remember to enjoy and love playing the guitar. Get the right guidance and tuition to achieve this vital state.

#19. Jo Satriani Quote

“Relax. Be yourself. Play a lot.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Go with the flow, and let your creative juices flood out. Sounds messy. But oh so much fun.

#20. Frank Zappa Quote

“If you really love guitar, you’re going to spend every waking hour stroking the thing.”

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Your Motivating Buzz:

Find your passion for playing, and practice will never again be a chore, but an adventure.  

#21. Tiff B Quote

“Stop doubting yourself. Start believing in yourself. Go Conquer.”

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Summing It Up

Musicians and music lovers, whoever you are, inspiring and motivational quotes help boost your confidence and inspire & uplift your spirit.

We hope you find some inspiration and feel empowered to take on whatever life throws you.

Overcome challenges and amplify your musical skills

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