Johnny Marr is definitely one of my guitar heroes. To me, in an unusual way, meaning I don’t try to emulate him personally. I really enjoy his style and The Smiths, but I would not call the Smiths as favorite band (don’t get me wrong, some stuff is amazing!). He’s a hero because how he connects with the guitar and the ability to create an emotional response, just from his playing. He has a style all to his own – and it’s cool to watch him do what he does.
Today I wanted to post this great video where he talks about getting his ’59 Gibson ES-355 and within minutes of playing the guitar wrote Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now and Girl Afraid. Check it out..
I think that is very interesting. I’ve had moments similar to this with my guitars – granted, I didn’t write legendary songs, but nevertheless I was inspired. Some instruments immediately grab you and almost force a riff or two out of you instantly. Some instruments have the ability that is unique to that particular guitar or that particular style of guitar. I remember the day I first played my Travis Bean – that was one of those moments. I would say a close second was a my Jazzmaster – which was the first real time sitting down playing one and enjoying all the quirks that come with them.
Has an instrument inspired you? Let me know by commenting below!
Johnny Marr – Guitar Leads to Inspiration
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