The easiest guitar to play is one of the most difficult. It doesn’t really matter what you play at the guitar, if you don’t do everything possible right away you’ll just find a new way to get into it, and that’s why you always have to try. To see how far you can get is the key to success and enjoyment at the guitar, especially at the beginning.
Do you think you’re one of the best guitarists of all time?
Of course I could. There are so many great guitarists that make the top in various areas. What’s amazing is I never even thought about it in my music. When I play, and when you hear it, it gets more and more interesting. This guitar is so much fun, and it’s so easy – I could play like that. That’s something to feel proud of. I’m proud to be like that.
What are your plans to celebrate your life?
That’s one of the things that I’m very proud of on this album, I actually made the record at one of the best restaurants in Tokyo, where they serve all your favorite Japanese food and you can just relax on the beautiful green bamboo mats. It’s a beautiful place like Japan’s national park – it’s just nice, and every so often they have a festival and play big festivals in Tokyo. I just really love to play, and play a lot.
Do you have any plans to play more gigs?
You never know!
Have you considered putting out an album with another musician?
I never really thought about it yet! It would probably just be easier to put that kind of guitar on. I still use the same guitar, it just feels very different now, because I think it’s been more time I spent with it. And other than that, it’s just been a different feeling. I really enjoyed doing that record.
Do you have a new album coming out soon? What do you’ve been recording?
I don’t know. I’ve been busy with projects for a while now, so I haven’t decided about it right now. I’ll probably be getting a little more settled when I go out on tour in 2013, I’m pretty sure I’ll be about five months late with my shows after this one, but I’m quite confident I’ll be in the studio this year. I’ve got music I just recorded a while back called ‘Mystery Train’ and I’m working on ‘