So who got you into playing guitar

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So who got you into playing guitar

Post by SteveoBoutToRock » July 29th, 2004, 6:26 pm

We all have that favorite guitarist or that friend or sum stranger that just made us wanna start strumming a six string. For me it was angus young, How about u guys ?
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Post by hummerlein » July 29th, 2004, 6:28 pm

Billy Corgan, of the smashing pumpkins. :)

Edit: And I'm fighting the urge to buy a bass (Flea from rhcp)

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Post by Squirrelweirdo12 » July 29th, 2004, 7:36 pm

For me, it wasn't really just one person, but my whole life, i had just been jealous of people who could make music. And then in the 5th grade i took up viola, but i found that restricting, and i ended up tabbing out beatles songs and playing it like a ukelele.

So then 4 years later, i get talking to my friend Loren, who is an incredible guitarist. And he lets me look at his catalogs, and now I find that the guitar is an incredibly expressive instrument.

So I guess you could say it was my friend Loren, but I had it in me for all of my middle school experience.
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Post by RollnROCK89 » July 29th, 2004, 9:52 pm

I'd prolly say Jimmy Page and Angus Young.
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Post by distortion5 » July 29th, 2004, 10:07 pm

I was playing on an off for about three years and I was losing interest and giving up. Then I saw the Led Zeppelin DVD and it gave me a whole new inspiration. Since then Im playing usually every day and have improved greatly. Jimmy Page is a great inspiration and motivation.

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Post by TaylorR » July 29th, 2004, 10:47 pm

I made myself want to play. I had really no outside inspiration. I had no idea who jimi hendrix was when i was 11. I just felt drawn towards the guitar. I couldnt resist.

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Post by E.Sherman » July 29th, 2004, 10:54 pm

I'd been playing piano for years, and when we cleaned out the basement and found the 4 year-old Mexican Strat that my father a brother bought and then left alone after a couple months, I picked it and its amp up and put them into my room, and started teaching myself how to play.

Phil Keagy is the greatest guitar player alive today. He is probably my main source of inspiration, both musically and in day to day life.
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Post by longdave » July 30th, 2004, 12:52 am

Steve Hackett and Alex Lifeson (Rush) are my chief inspiration, and my older brother, who has picked up the classical guitar incredibly quickly.

And anyone who picks up a guitar in front of me and plays anything.

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Post by Alan Green » July 30th, 2004, 2:55 am

Not so much a who as a what. I was lying in bed one Saturday morning with the radio on, and the DJ played Classical Gas by Mason Williams.

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Post by bleaseyhighflyer » July 30th, 2004, 4:11 am

I had a guitar but didnt know what to do with it..........

........ but then i heard a Led Zeppelin record
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Post by DaveM » July 30th, 2004, 4:28 am

My friends and I would always use tennis rackets as guitars, an upright vacuum cleaner as a microphone, and a garbage can as a drum. We would switch instruments and listen to Queen "we will rock you/we are the champions" . From there, I wanted to be a rock star and play guitar. So I guess you can say Brian May.

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Post by Wes Inman » July 30th, 2004, 6:25 am

Great story Dave.

The Beatles are what made me want to play music and be in a band.

I was not into guitar. I wanted to play drums. But once I started to play guitar Cream was the sound. I still think the rhythm guitar on White Room is the greatest tone I have ever heard. But also songs like Tales of Great Ulysses and Strange Brew. I really wanted to get those sounds.
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Post by Audioslaveaddict » July 30th, 2004, 7:18 am

Well Randy Rhoads is the player that really got me into guitar. Although I doubt I will ever reach his level, I get closer each day.
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Post by ChrisB256 » July 30th, 2004, 7:41 am

Johnny Rivers... I only like one song of his but that song made me want to start.
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Post by Steve-0 » July 30th, 2004, 7:57 am

Well, me and my friends wanted to become this Green Day cover band when I was in Grade 5 or 6, so I think that's really what I wanted to play at first. Then I discovered the likes of Zeppelin, Rush, Metallica, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ozzy, Hendrix, etc so I began playing more and more and more until I could play alot better. I still give credit to Billy Joe Armstrong (lead singer/ guitarist of Green Day) because I think he's a really good rhythm guitar player.

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