Taylor Swift Says Tom Petty Inspired Her To Play Guitar

Taylor Swift has said she learned to play guitar because of Tom Petty.

“He motivated thousands of guitarists to learn to play just because they wanted to be able to play ‘Free Fallin’.’ Count me as one of them,” the pop superstar told Rolling Stone.

Petty died this week after suffering a heart attack at his Malibu home.

“To me, Tom Petty represented a kind of songwriting I idolized: complex simplicity,” Swift said. “It said so much in the lyrics, the concepts, the stories, the message, the nuances ... but always brought you back to a hook that got stuck in everyone’s head.”