Top Quotes by Dimebag Darrell

Initially, I just used the guitar as a prop. I’d pose with it in front of a mirror in my Kiss makeup when I was skipping school. Then I figured out how to play the main riff to Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ on just the E string. Next, my old man showed me how to play barre chords, and that’s when things started getting really heavy.

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To me, a sure-fire way to get in a rut is by sitting around playing by yourself for too long. You’ve gotta get out there and jam, man! You don’t have to necessarily be in a band, all you’ve gotta have are a couple of buds who play too. They don’t have to be guitarists either; jamming with a bassist or a drummer is cool.

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Music drives you. It wakes you up, it gets you pumping. And, at the end of the day, the correct tune will chill you down.

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Make your heart bleed! Put your soul into that damn thing. And try new things.

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Jamming with other people will create energy and excitement that you can feed off, and which will help push you to do things you’d never dream of doing by yourself.

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My heroes were Eddie Van Halen – especially after Van Halen I, II, III, and IV – Randy Rhoads, Ace Frehley and dudes like that. My brother played drums and we jammed in the garage and started writing our own stuff.

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I would just listen to records and learn what I could, then just roll it over and over and over.

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If you improvise a riff and the crowd immediately reacts to it, you know you’re on to something.

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People that love this form of music have loved it from way back – Sabbath, Zeppelin, the early days.

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Learn licks and songs from records.

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Man, don’t get me started on Pat Travers. That dude writes killer blues rock and roll riffs.

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‘I’m Broken’ was a sound check riff.

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With the right outlook, you can learn to entertain yourself and entertain each other so you can enjoy doing what you’re doing. There’s obviously gonna be highs and lows, and the trick to it is to be able to maintain composure and stay high even when you’re in the lows. That way, when you hit the highs ,it’ll be twice as killer.

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I love jamming with my band because the guys inspire me every time. We all get off on each other’s playing.

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Between the record companies being the way they are and the fact that people can just download one song instead of buying a whole album, it’s hard to make a good living nowadays.

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I’m not gonna say it’s all done, ’cause it ain’t ever all done.

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If you wanna get out of a rut bad enough, it’ll always happen. It’s up to you, though. No one else is ever gonna do it for you.

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I used to skip school and paint my face with Ace Frehley Kiss make-up.

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The harder stuff has always done it for me. Man, if it rips, I’ll give it a thumbs up!

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To me and my band, guitar riffs are what it’s all about. We know that every time we jam on a great riff, we’ve got a fighting chance of writing a great song!

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I love ‘Dogman’ by King’s X and Living Colour’s ‘Stain.’

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I was mostly influenced by bands like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest – Metallica’s ‘Kill ‘Em All’ was also a hell of an inspiration.

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Washburn built me the guitar that changed my life.

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My hair’s a pain in live performance. I’m always inhaling it: I almost choked to death a couple of times.

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When I first started experimenting with harmonics, I’d sometimes hook up two distortion boxes just to get my strings ‘frying,’ which helped bring out the harmonics.

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I’ll sleep anywhere!

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I do some three-part harmonies on ‘Throes of Rejection’ and ‘Hard Lines, Sunken Cheeks,’ but I didn’t go overboard with it.

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Lessons didn’t really work out for me, so I went to the old school, listening to records and learning what I wanted to learn.

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Yeah, nothing feels better than knowing that I can put a guitar in my hands at any time and rip – even when I’m taking a crap!

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Always have a collection of your favorite CDs with you.

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When I play live, I jump around like an idiot for an hour-and-a-half or more under a lighting rig that’s hotter than hell.

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When you’re a little kid, you have nerve. I’d walk right up to whoever was recording and say, ‘Hey, dude, what’s the lick of the week?’

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The worst advice I ever received from my dad was to play by the book.

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I’m into sounds, man.

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My first killer amp was a Sunn Beta Lead. It was solid-state, but that Sunn was incredibly loud. I used to say to my friends, ‘Hey, check it out. It’s only on two.’

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I was lucky enough to get to see guys like Bugs Henderson, Jimmy Wallace, all those great Texas blues players.

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We still get those kind of cats coming out to our shows. Once you’re into it, you’re into it for a lifetime.

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When I tried to play something and screwed up, I’d hear some other note that would come into play. Then I started trying different things to find the beauty in it.

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Every song is different.

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Musicians tend to get bored playing the same thing over and over, so I think it’s natural to experiment.

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A lot of bands whine about the road and how tough it is.

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Pantera is the only band I’ve ever been in, and at the start we used to play covers to make a living.

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To get my sound in the studio, I double guitar tracks, and when it gets to the lead parts, the rhythm drops out, just like it’s live. I’m very conscious of that.

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It kills me when I see some metal band trying to pass themselves off as an ‘alternative band.’

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My old man was a musician – that’s what he did for a living. And like most fathers, occasionally he’d let me visit where he worked. So I started going to his recording studio, and I really dug it.

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I was more influenced by players like Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen than by the guys in southern rock bands.

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You can tune your guitar funky, and something’s gonna come out. There’s no secret to it – either you got it, or you don’t.

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I’m a spazzer, you know?

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The local dudes who knew that my dad owned a studio would say, ‘Ahh, dude is spoiled,’ and this and that. But we didn’t abuse it at all. I’d always ask if we could use the studio first, and if our dad didn’t want us there he would tell us, and that was that. But I definitely tried to get down there as often as I could.

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Van Halen was a huge influence on me, and ‘Eruption’ was the song that really leaped off that first Van Halen album.

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The first time I heard ‘Crazy Train,’ I was crashed out in bed, definitely not wanting to get up and go to school, when my brother Vinnie came in and cranked it up.

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You can write every song on an album in E and not hurt a thing.

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