I do remember actually learning chords to Beatles songs. I thought they were great songwriters.
I was very influenced by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, both of whom I had the pleasure of playing with and becoming friends with.
The Beatles and The Stones were basically inspired by American Rhythm and Blues.
These days there's so much technology and ways you can learn. There are videos and CD roms.
The Stones don't really need to do it for money, so they must get some kind of pleasure out of it. They're not like a group that's disbanded and gone away and made a comeback. They've always been there.
Maybe if I go far enough back into my ancestry, I have African roots or something. I've got no idea.
I suppose because I have a good ear, I could pick out harmonies and learn by ear. I still think that you have to have an ear for music to really be able to feel and understand what you're playing. You can learn by watching and listening to other people.
If you've been playing for a few years, especially in a group context, you'll see if you have the ability or the passion to want to carry on. It's something that you have to be dedicated to and you've got to love, no matter what happens.
The most important thing is to follow your instinct and get involved with some friends who have similar tastes and aspirations and like music as much as you do.
The Stones are a different kind of group. I realized that when I joined them. It's not really so much their musical ability, it's just they have a certain kind of style and attitude which is unique.
Altamont... I remember all of that. That was an awful day.
I do to keep things sounding fresh. Sometimes just changing the running order of the show is a good idea.
I don't know why, but I never felt I was gonna stay with the Stones forever, even right from the beginning.
I had to learn chord shapes. I bought books with chord charts. I used to listen to all kinds of pop music.
I have a really good band, and just returned from a short tour in California. It hasn't always gone that well.
I never advise anyone to sacrifice something else because of music, but then I don't see why they would have to anyway.
I've never stopped learning.
I've written lots of songs on the piano. My mother had a piano and it was the first instrument I played.
If it wasn't for Mick, the group would've fallen apart a long time ago.
It's nice to finally have a CD out which reflects my songwriting, my singing and the band that I have.