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Andy Summers
December 31, 1942 -
Nationality: English
Category: Musician
Subcategory: English Musician

I actually think I play better now than I've ever played.


I'm just trying to avoid any sort of generic kind of music - I don't want to do generic jazz or fusion.


I was totally into jazz in my teens.


I'm better for it and I prefer to keep things simple and see what sounds I can get out of my head and hands rather than relying on a sound that someone else created.


If the guitar synthesizer is really going to stand as a synthesizer on its own, it needs to develop a more characteristic sound; I don' think it's gotten there yet.


Actually, I think my hands are in the best shape they've ever been in terms of what I can do.


The most obvious thing you can't do with a guitar synthesizer is to really sound like a guitar.


It accumulates over the years and I've led so many bands of my own now and forced myself into new situations... You would hope that you play better and better - until you just get too feeble to do it anymore.


In The Police, in a trio situation - which I've come back to now - it's just so wide open that it does actually provide this arena where you can play with a certain freedom.


There was a period when I'd just come out of college where I'd been playing classical guitar and I suddenly realised that it wasn't what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.


I like to play with someone who can cover a lot of ground and someone with whom you can discuss the language at a reasonable level; otherwise it gets a bit frustrating.


It's hard to avoid the past but one goes forward.


If I'm playing a violin thing, for instance, I tend to respond to that sound with the way I finger.


I am pretty embroiled in moving on and moving forward with music.


It is not very practical in today's world when you tour all over the place having a big band.


I think rock records tend to be very expensive.


For me, the guitar synthesizer is a great writing instrument.


More recently, I used guitar synthesizer extensively on the two albums I did with Robert Fripp.


Of course the playing is important but writing and the establishing of what you are going for is prime too.


I don't like playing standards. I like to do my own cutting edge work.


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