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WEDGE
12-29-2012, 06:51 AM
What was the cause for your passion for the guitar, what made you HAVE to get one and play it?

my dad tried to teach me guitar when I was around four or five but I wanted no part of flamenco lessons, I wanted to play like the Beatles so I stopped shortly after.

But then when I was around nineteen I heard Eruption and the rest of the first Van Halen debut and that was all she took!

What was your WOW moment when you had to play?

Mikegarveyblues
12-29-2012, 08:25 AM
Hearing the outro solo on Comfortaby Numb when I was sixteen. I made it my mission to learn guitar and learn that solo. Achieved the latter but realised the former was a lifelong commitment! :)

Rosewoodsteel
12-29-2012, 09:07 AM
The Beatles.

LSchefman
12-29-2012, 09:19 AM
Women.

wilerty
12-29-2012, 09:28 AM
Walk Don't Run ... and girls (they weren't women at that age).

sergiodeblanc
12-29-2012, 09:31 AM
Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters.:goodnight:

LSchefman
12-29-2012, 09:37 AM
Walk Don't Run ... and girls (they weren't women at that age).

"Walk Don't Run" was the first thing I learned on guitar! Next was "Pipeline."

tiboy
12-29-2012, 11:29 AM
Mid life crisis. So now I'm the biggest rock star to headline in my living room.

LindseyP
12-29-2012, 11:53 AM
What was the cause for your passion for the guitar, what made you HAVE to get one and play it?
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What was your WOW moment when you had to play?
Some time in the mid-80s I was at a church's night service and the guitarist played two funk chords for every song. The SAME two chords. No one else seemed able to tell. I was about to complain to someone that he couldn't play when I heard a voice say, "He's playing for me." Suddenly, everything he played sounded fantastic, even though he hadn't changed anything. Later that evening I knew I'd eventually be playing in church and that's what I do.

Herr Squid
12-29-2012, 04:25 PM
I just loved the racket an electric guitar makes!

VH1 and 2112 made me want to play guitar. Back in Black made me believe I could play the guitar. It all went downhill from there...!

Dirty Bob
12-29-2012, 04:31 PM
Appetite For Destruction

Twinfan
12-29-2012, 05:49 PM
Slash

MykeWright
12-29-2012, 06:57 PM
So long ago I almost can't remember. It might have been Hank B Marvin, I would have been about 5, in 1971.

How I got into electric guitar and music seriously? Probably Paul Weller in 1977.

solacematt
12-29-2012, 11:12 PM
Smashing Pumpkins made me want to play guitar. There were other bands I love/loved, but something about their music, the songs made me want to actually pick an instrument up. Before me, my brother did try to pick up guitar to get girls, but when he realized he didn't have any trouble without one it sat in his closet, haha

vchizzle
12-30-2012, 01:34 AM
It's funny, I can't think of a single thing that made me want play. My 1st guitar & amp cost me $13.75...from a kid down the street. Was more opportunity than anything else. Not sure what happened to it. Later, I actually wanted a bass at first, but my buddy bought it:) so I bought a guitar. Lol

Slash was the 1st guitar player I really grabbed onto and connected to. Some of his most simple, melodic solos really moved me. There were plenty of other players/bands that I liked prior to GnR. Everything from Hendrix to early Metallica. But Appetite had this attitude and swagger and Slash made me wanna learn how to play. But I had my 2nd guitar by the time I came to that realization.

veinbuster
12-30-2012, 06:29 AM
I was about five when a neighbor let me try his acoustic and that moment never left. It was a while before I actually got a guitar but that was the defining moment.

docbennett
12-30-2012, 08:00 AM
In 1967 I wanted to be Mike Nesmith!

11top
12-30-2012, 08:07 AM
Beatles and the British invasion. Plus, how diminished would life be without music?

LSchefman
12-30-2012, 08:37 AM
In 1967 I wanted to be Mike Nesmith!

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docbennett
12-30-2012, 08:43 AM
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alantig
12-30-2012, 09:29 AM
Johnny Cash was the spark for me. I wish I could say I remember the first time I heard him, or who turned me on to him, but I don't - his music has just always been there for me in my memory.

t.shamone
12-30-2012, 10:48 AM
Cherryburst fake LP in the window of the local music store.

JDBRADSHAW
12-30-2012, 05:06 PM
I first heard Ted Ngent "Double Live Gonzo" / "Foghat" Live / Kiss "Rock n Roll Over / and saw the reaction the girls had when they heard it! I knew I had to be musician....lol!

soundbee
12-30-2012, 05:20 PM
Hearing Eruption circa 78 or 79 - but wasn't until 1984 that my mom got me my first electric guitar and amp. I think she really did it to spite my father, who I was living with at the time. But I remember seeing the Panama video and thinking "Ed looks like he's just having a blast - I wanna do that too!" My poor father and step-monster... I can't imagine what a noob trying to learn Eruption (with the cleanest solid-state amp in the world) must've sounded like :-0

cwhenke
12-30-2012, 05:45 PM
Pearl Jam..."Alive"...
That song has been my favorite song since I heard it 20+ years ago. The solo still moves me, and it made me pick up guitar.

slang05
12-31-2012, 02:11 AM
1983 Pyromania.... Opening riff to Photograph, and that solo. Phil Collen is incredibly underrated... And Steve Clark..The master of a riff..

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vim fuego
12-31-2012, 02:15 AM
Clapton. While my mates were doing their best Paul Gilbert moves I was captivated by ec..

gush
12-31-2012, 06:29 PM
1982 state solo contests for high school. I had been learning guitar and my best friend Brian played drums.I had learned the intro to hells bells and couldnt stop playing it, I drove everybody nuts with it. Brian and I went to the band room during state solo contest which happened to be at our school that year. I maxed out the custom bass amp to get it to distort and Brian was beating the hell out of the drums playing that intro. We had about 50 kids in the band room diggin it when the band director burst in and gave us an ass reaming from hell! I will never forget that feeling! From that day forward the guitar was to be part of my life forever.

captdg
12-31-2012, 06:44 PM
My Grandfather had a Western Auto store in Itta Bena Mississippi. My Uncle had a farm in Sidon Mississippi, and his land was leased out to a church where Robert Johnson has a Gravesite.. (where Johnson is really buried , who knows)..Any hoo when I was 12 I would be puttin together bicycles in the back of the Western Auto on Saturday night and listen to the guitars wail at the Jook Joint next to the store. I would wander in to get a coke.. There was an old man named "Roscoe the Wino" who would fix 8 track tapes for a dollar apiece and would let me bang on his old Gibson..

Fbrandw
12-31-2012, 06:47 PM
Jimi Hendrix's Red House...heard that song and I knew I had to play guitar :)

captdg
12-31-2012, 06:54 PM
Jimi Hendrix's Red House...heard that song and I knew I had to play guitar :)

I loove that song.....

AaeCee
12-31-2012, 08:09 PM
Hearing Mike Bloomfield's amazing interpretation and sweet tones playing 'Albert's Shuffle' and others from Super Sessions. I'm not addicted to LP's anymore (but still like them), and I'm still pretty far from finding that iconic tone, but it's sure been a blast trying!

CE-man
01-01-2013, 03:44 AM
My big brother came home with a copy of Led Zeppelin I and as soon as I heard Good Times, Bad Times I wanted to play guitar with John Bonham on the drums.

bluefade
01-01-2013, 06:28 AM
What was the cause for your passion for the guitar, what made you HAVE to get one and play it?

my dad tried to teach me guitar when I was around four or five but I wanted no part of flamenco lessons, I wanted to play like the Beatles so I stopped shortly after.

But then when I was around nineteen I heard Eruption and the rest of the first Van Halen debut and that was all she took!

What was your WOW moment when you had to play?

When I was twelve years old, one of the neighborhood college guys played a fender jazzmaster through a fender showman amp. When I heard that I was hooked!! From that time on, I had to have an electric guitar!!! As far as music goes, It'll always be the VENTURES and WALK DON"T RUN 64!!!