"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.
"When I’m playing music or I'm writing music it's the closest I can get to what I'm hearing in my head. It's the closest I can get to what I'm trying to express, or what feeling I'm trying to slowly chip away at inside of me."
"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 his tone, hunting for new sounds, and why he’s played Ernie Ball strings since 1991.
“The guitar was like a language, each chord was like a sentence, each part was a paragraph or a chapter, and then you could create a whole story, and I became obsessed." Watch Tim McIlrath of Rise Against dive into his creative process and why he’s always played with Ernie Ball strings.
“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 guitar, their love of playing, and their relationship with Ernie Ball.
"This way of playing the guitar as a soloist, you can't really fake anything up there. You have to be a genuine sort of person for people to connect with it, I think, and to be able to express yourself the right way." In this episode, Ernie Ball artist Andy McKee discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"Bass playing to me is the anchor, but it's also finding your song within the song". In this episode, Ernie Ball artist and Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt discusses his beginnings with bass and guitar, his love of playing, and his relationship with 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.
"Guitar is the people's instrument...It's very welcoming. A couple chords and you're ripping". In this episode, Mac DeMarco discusses his influences, his evolution as a singer-songwriter and musician, and his long-time relationship with Ernie Ball guitar strings.
"Music to me is about camaraderie with someone 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.
"Guitar has always been the messenger of rock and roll. That is the voice, the bullhorn, the call to arms and the foundation of rock and roll. I've always been incredibly enamored and taken by it, before I could even play." In this episode, Ernie Ball artist Paul Stanley discusses his influences, playing in KISS, and his guitar 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 acquiring his first guitar, being influenced by Elvis Presley at a very young age, 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.
"A good friend of mine that lived two doors down needed a bass player. At the time, I was playing violin, and it had four strings, so I said okay I should be able to figure it out. One thing led to another, and it just became the best idea." In this episode, Ernie Ball artist John Myung of Dream Theater discusses his influences, his history with playing bass, and his Ernie Ball bass strings.
"I'm a musician and an artist. I was born to create things and make music. It makes me happy." In this episode, Ernie Ball artist Shavo Odadjian of System Of A Down discusses his influences, his history with playing bass and 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.
"Coming up with a new song or new riffs, being that it’s what moves me as if I’m listening to someone else’s record, it just gets me. It’s all the same, it’s in my blood." 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.
« Je ne me suis jamais considéré comme un guitariste très accompli, mais j'ai toujours joué à ma manière et cela m'a servi émotionnellement, je pense, comme un moyen d'être une personne. » Dans cet épisode, l’artiste Ernie Ball Dhani Harrison (thenewno2, Fistful of Mercy) discute de son amour de la guitare, ses influences, et le choix de ses cordes.
« Je me suis rendu compte qu’en jouant de la guitare plus fort, vous pouvez faire bouger de l'air et il frappe votre corps et vous impacte en quelque sorte. Donc j'ai toujours porté des bouchons d'oreilles depuis le début, parce que je voulais que la guitare affecte mon corps, vous savez? » Dans cet épisode l’artiste Ernie Ball et guitariste pour le groupe de rock influent Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis discute de ses influences, son histoire avec la guitare, et ses cordes Ernie Ball.
"I guess my fingers were just ready, and I learned to play guitar really quickly. It was something that drove me through my teenage years." 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.
«C'est quelque chose qui contribue à me définir. Ça me donne une véritable base sur ce que je ressens - je crois - que j'ai été mis sur la terre pour faire, c'est-à-dire faire de la musique. » Dans cet épisode, l’artiste Ernie Ball et guitariste de Metallica Kirk Hammett discute de son amour de la guitare, ses influences et ses choix de cordes.
«Quand toutes les étoiles s'alignent c'est quand je peux jouer un solo incroyable – genre vraiment incroyable - et le public se rend compte aussi que c'était vraiment un solo grandiose. Quand les deux monde se heurtent, et tout le monde est heureux et vous êtes vraiment fier de ce que vous avez fait, vous ne pouvez pas reproduire ça». Clay Cook explore son éducation, ses influences, et pourquoi il est fan de Ernie Ball et de Music Man depuis le début.
« Jouer de la basse pour moi c’est la liberté ultime. Quand je joue de la musique, m'exprimer est beaucoup plus facile ». Dans cet épisode, l’artiste Ernie Ball et bassiste du légendaire groupe de hard rock TOOL, Justin Chancellor, explore ses premières influences et comment jouer en live est le confluent ultime d’émotions.
"Je ne sais pas ce qui donne un bon son de guitare... je sais juste le moment où joue un accord si ça sonne bien. C'est l'énergie. C'est comme come un coup de foudre". Butch Walker discute de comment choisir une guitare dans cet épisode de String Theory.
«Ce n'est pas le matériel, c'est l'intention... Quand tu joues, joue avec de mauvaises intentions... Et quand on joue, l'âme de la musique doit sortir». Regardez Joe Bonamassa parler de ses premiers jours de tournée et de sa passion pour la guitare dans cet épisode de String Theory.
«La musique pour moi est évidemment tout ce que j'ai fait toute ma vie adulte, c'est dans tout, c'est toujours là, c'est quelque chose auquel on s’habitue et qu’on prend souvent pour acquis, mais on s’en rend compte quand ce n’est pas là ». Dans cet épisode, Mike explore la façon dont différentes cordes Slinky Ernie Ball l'on aidé à construire un son, sa première Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay et son processus créatif.
« Si vous ne courbez pas vos cordes, vous pourriez aussi bien être un joueur de clavecin. Comme ça, vous pouvez faire semblant d'être un chanteur, même si vous avez une mauvaise voix." Paul Gilbert de Mr. Big et Racer X parle du pouvoir de la guitare dans cet épisode de String Theory. »
« Jouer de la guitare pour moi c’est quelque chose de presque aussi important que de respirer de l'air.» Regardez notre conversation avec Kenny Wayne Shepherd dans cet épisode de String Theory.
«Ça va toujours être une exploration pour trouver des sons différents, trouver des façons de jouer qui m'intéressent... c'est ma vie. Regardez l'entrevue complète avec Bobb Bruno de Best Coast dans cet épisode de String Theory.»
«La façon dont la guitare veut être jouée est dynamique. Vous transférez physiquement et viscéralement de l'énergie dans les cordes." Dustin Kensrue de Thrice parle de «jouer en dehors de la boîte» dans cet épisode de String Theory. »
"Jouer en live est énergisant et excitant. Essayer de nouvelles choses en live et savoir qu'elles pourraient ne pas fonctionner... c'est un peu amusant." Courtney Barnett discute de jouer live et son processus de composition coloré dans cet épisode de String Theory.
«Tu tiens cette note et c'est juste vertigineux. Et c'est comme, voilà la raison pour laquelle tu es sur cette terre." Écoutez quand Joe Don de Rascall Flatts parle du pouvoir de la musique dans cet épisode de String Theory. »
«La musique et la guitare sont des synonymes pour moi, c'est ce que je fais pour le plaisir, pour des fins thérapeutiques, pour le travail ... c'est tout ce que je fais." Regardez Ilan Rubin de The New Regime, Nine Inch Nails, et Angels & Airwaves qui parlent de leur passion dans cet épisode de String Theory. »
"Beaucoup de gens me demandent, 'comment avez-vous obtenu ce son de synthé.' Josh Carter de Phantogram raconte comment l'apprentissage de la guitare a amélioré ses capacités d'écriture dans cet épisode de String Theory.
«La guitare est l'un de ces instruments qui est inépuisable. Il y a toujours plus de choses à faire.» Steve Stevens se souvient de jouer des solos avec Billy Idol dans cet épisode de String Theory.
« Jouer de la guitare pour moi c’est viscéral, c'est primitif en un sens, mais c'est vraiment un véhicule pour toutes les chansons et les performances.» Jake Smith aka The White Buffalo discute de son processus d'écriture et plus dans cet épisode de String Theory.