Pete Townshend used to crash chords and let the guitar feed back. He's overrated.
I'm no good with chords. I'm horrible with chords.
B. B. King
Actually, because I'm so small, when I strike an open A chord I get physically thrown to the left, and when I play an open G chord I go right. That's how hard I play, and that's how a lot of my stage act has come about. I just go where the guitar takes me.
Angus McKinnon Young
When I first started, I worked with three chords in every bar, but I found that tied me down - I'm not a chord-change writer, I'm a songwriter.
We were feeling desperate, We started writing songs; Question Mark would record everything we practiced. I came up with some chords, and Question Mark started singing Too Many Teardrops.
Question Mark & the Mysterians
A friend of mine, that I had known for some time, came up one day with an old guitar. I don't know where he got it, I don't know how long he'd had it, but he knew about two chords on it. He proceeded to teach them to me, and then we proceeded to go crazy over music.
I tend to hear rhythm and melody, chord-progressions, long before I hear words.
In those days, I didn't know how guys like Clapton and Beck were getting that searing blues lead sound, so I developed my style to be rhythmic and chord-based, with simple lead lines that you could almost hum.
Creedence Clearwater Revival
As soon as you impose Western chords on an Indian scale, something great collapses.
To play with a band all of the time, just about nightly, was good for me because I wrote lots of arrangements and I got a lot of my transposition and chords ironed out.
Talk health. The dreary, never-changing tale Of mortal maladies is worn and stale. You cannot charm, or interest, or please By harping in that minor chord, disease. Say you are well, or all is well with you, And God shall hear your words and make them true.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I try to find nice chord changes, that's how I love to start, and then I start trying to knock it into a song, knock it into shape.
Electric Light Orchestra
I like really sparse electronics, lush arrangements, and interesting chord structures.
Joshua Adam Klinghoffer
Painting is similar to music. You get a couple or words or notes or chords that excite you, and you just follow them and add a bit more and see where it takes you. That's the thrill for me. It still is a thrill, which is amazing after all this time.
You think it's all written, but it's not. There's always another way to twist those three chords around.
I think the origin of all this clamour for tonality is not so much the need to sense a relationship to the tonic, as a need for familiar chords: let us be frank and say "for the triad"; and I believe I have good reason to say that just so long as a certain kind of music contains enough such triads, it causes no offence, even if in other ways it most violently clashes with the sacred laws of tonality.
A, C, and G are the only chords any honest musician needs.
I do remember actually learning chords to Beatles songs. I thought they were great songwriters.
The Rolling Stones