The Guitar World According to Noel Gallagher

06/13/2013
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(Gibson) Noel Gallagher has made a name for himself by writing catchy rock songs. With Oasis' first two albums, it seemed he could do nothing wrong. Every song released became a massive hit for the band. After a disappointing third album, and struggling fourth one, Oasis came back strong with Heathen Chemistry, and it seems that Gallagher really has found his stride since. His first solo release Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds was a success both critically as well as with the fans. Here we take a look at what Noel has to say about some of his guitars, song writing, and his guitar playing style.

Noel spoke to TimeOutDubai on why he still enjoy recording and touring: "Neil Young gave me a piece of advice once, he said: 'just do it when you feel like it, because if you do it when you feel like it you'll always enjoy it.' That's sound advice. I don't live to work, I work to live. I do those tours because that allows me to sit on my [behind] for two years, and that's it."

In an interview with SPIN magazine, Noel was asked about his biggest regret career-wise. His answer is definitely something a young up-and-coming band can learn from: "I wish we'd let (What's the Story) Morning Glory? settle and go away. It was still No. 5 in the Billboard 100 when we started making Be Here Now. I wish someone who's paid to be bright and clever had told us to go away and do a bit of living. But we were fueled by youth and cocaine. Everything was going to be bigger and better. We were surrounded by people telling us it was the greatest thing they'd ever heard. When you're the cash cow that lays the golden goose egg, people are always going to cheer you on, whatever."

Gallagher spoke to MTV about how he ended up being the lead guitarist in Oasis. Turns out it was more out of necessity rather than actually wanting it: "I played lead guitar in the band because everybody else, in the early days, was useless, so that kind of fell to me. It's not something I ever thought I would put myself up there with John Squire or Johnny Marr or all those great British guitarists, that's not my thing. My thing was songwriting." More.

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