"Q : What do you think about those who go to school to learn how to play guitar?
NEIL YOUNG : It would give you a rather sad view of your future, wouldn't it? First off, nobody cares if you know how to play scales. Nobody cares if you have good technique or not. It's whether you have feelings that you want to express with music, that's what counts, really. When you are able to express yourself and feel good, then you know why you're playing. The technical aspect is absolute hogwash as far as I'm concerned. It bores me to tears. I can't play fast. I don't even know my scales. I know that most of the notes I play aren't where I play them. They're simply not there. So you can play any note you like. I think about it on another level, I don't care about that stuff. On the other hand, I appreciate really great guitarists, and I'm very impressed by those metal groups with their scale guitarists. When I see that, I go "that's really something." Satriani and Eddie Van Halen are guitar geniuses. They are incredible musicians, at an amazing level. But it does't really grab me. One note will do."
I think this sums it up very good. I think Neil Young is the best expressive guitarist out there, so I really value his opinion. Since I stopped guitar lessons four years ago I'm much more expressive in my playing. Still, it was needed for timing issues and pitch training which I needed badly. I mostly played classical guitar and then a teacher really is needed though.
"Talent is luck. The important thing in life is courage."