Albert Collins' Quotes
"I was told when I started to play that simple music is the hardest
music in the world to play. And blues is simple music."
Other Guitar Players
"A lot of guys shy away from other guitar players who are better than
them. I've never been that way. I listened to all the other guys, but
I never wanted to play like them. Like I tell a lot of people, I
change a few notes, but I've been playing the same way because I
always wanted to keep my own style and always be Albert Collins."
"Most of the time I hum what I'm playing so sometimes it bleeds
through on the track. That's why I get hoarse sometimes when I try to
sing, I'll be humming my notes, and I'm not always aware of how hard
I'm doing it. That's really how I started playing, just with my
"I hear so many blues records and a lot of it's not dance music. That
has a lot to do with your concerts. People say 'I can dance to this,
let's go see him in person'. Because I'm playing for younger
audiences, I always try to keep that energy happening."
"In Texas, I was raised up around those kind of sax players like
Illinois Jacquet. Down there there's blues and jazz and R&B. I had a
choice to make when I started out, so I decided to play blues."
"Before I really got started with music, I mixed paint for automobiles
for six years. That was back in Texas, before I came to the west
coast. When I cut "Frosty" in 1962, I didn't follow it up. I never
traveled because I had a regular day job at home."
"Around 1974 to 1975 I quit for a minute and I didn't record for six
years from 1972 to '78. For about a year, I stopped playing
completely. My landlord was a contractor, and I started doing work
with him. My wife told me 'this ain't you, you've got to keep up with
your music' which I'm proud of her for telling me that."
Using A Capo
"I got the idea for the capo from Gatemouth Brown. I started without
one, but I looked at Gatemouth and said, "Man, you're using that
choker." We used to call it a choker. Now I can't play without one."
(Albert tuned his guitar to an F minor chord instead of the regular
"I get most of my sound from the amp that I use and I always like to
use my own amp- a 100 watt Quad Reverb I've been using since 1972. I
always put the volume all the way up on 10, treble on 10, middle on 10
and I don't use bass, intensity or none of that. Reverb I set at 4.