“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 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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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 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.
"I'd never thought of myself as a very accomplished guitar player, but I've always played in my own way and it's served me emotionally, I think, as a way of being a person." In this episode Ernie Ball artist Dhani Harrison (thenewno2, Fistful of Mercy) discusses his love of guitar, influences, and choice of strings and gauges.
"I just found by playing the guitar louder, you can get some air moving and it hits your body and impacts you somehow. So I've always worn earplugs since the beginning too, 'cause I wanted it to affect my body and not just hear it, you know?" In this episode Ernie Ball artist and guitarist for influential rock band Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis discusses his influences, his history with playing guitar, and his Ernie Ball strings.
"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.
"It's something that helps define myself to myself. It gives me a real sort of foundation as to what I feel--I believe--that I was put on this earth to do, which is to make music." In this episode, Ernie Ball artist and Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett discusses his love of guitar, influences, and choice of strings and gauges.
"Where all the stars align is where I can have a solo just kill--like really great solo--but also the audience realizes it was a really great solo. When the two world collide, and everyone's happy, and you're really proud of what you did, you can't replicate that." Clay Cook explores his upbringing, influences, and why he's been a die hard Ernie Ball and Music Man fan since the beginning.
"Playing bass for me is the ultimate freedom. When I play music, expressing myself is a lot easier". In this episode Ernie Ball artist and bassist for the legendary hard rock band TOOL, Justin Chancellor explores his early influences and how performing live is the ultimate confluence of emotions.
"I don't know what makes a guitar sound great...I just know the moment I pick it up and hit one chord if it sounds right. It's energy. When it shoots a bolt of energy through you the first time you pull it off the rack, that's how you know it's right. It's like love at first sight". Butch Walker discusses choosing a guitar in this episode of String Theory.
"Music to me is obviously everything I've been doing my whole adult life. It's in everything. It's always there. It's something that we kinda get used to, and take for granted in a lot of ways, but when it's not there you notice". In this episode Mike explores how different gauges of Ernie Ball Slinky strings help him craft his sound from bass to acoustic guitar, his first Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay and his creative process.
"Tocar en vivo termina siendo energizante y emocionante. Probar cosas nuevas en vivo y saber que podría desmoronarse por completo ... eso es divertido experimentarlo". Courtney Barnett discute sobre la experiencia de tocar en vivo y su proceso de composición de códigos de colores en este episodio de String Theory.
"La música y la guitarra son sinónimos para mí. Son lo que hago por diversión, con fines terapéuticos, de trabajo ... es todo lo que hago". Vean a Ilan Rubin de The New Regime, Nine Inch Nails y Angels & Airwaves hablar sobre su pasión por tocar en este episodio de String Theory.
"La interpretación de la guitarra para mí es bastante visceral. Es primitiva en cierto sentido, pero realmente es un vehículo para todas las canciones. Es mi medio de vida". Jake Smith, alias The White Buffalo, discute su proceso de composición y más en este episodio de String Theory."