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« on: October 07, 2006, 05:13:52 AM »
OK guys here's the deal: Which experience made you want to play the guitar in the first place? No matter how embarassing.

I've seen Knopfler play brothers in arms on Live Aid, that did it for me. Not digging him so much nowadays, but he was my ignition. After I saw him play I saved up for my first guitar. Which was your experience?
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2006, 07:54:28 AM »
Ignition was The Beatles-lift off was Ronnie Lane's bass line on The Faces "Stay With Me".
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2006, 09:24:38 AM »
Initially it was Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page & Dave Gilmore. I was around 8 years old at the time.

Then aged 11 The Sex Pistols exploded on the world. Steve Jones is still a hero of mine!  :lol:  I got a hand me down a guitar aged 11 and bought an electric guitar and WEM valve amp (still have the amp) for 25 pounds in 1980 aged 14 from work experience money.
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2006, 09:44:13 AM »
I saw the video for Smooth by Santana and decided I wanted to play, I bought the single and just used to wind to the solo and listen to that religiously  :lol: Stupid thing is I still havent learnt the solo.

Then after a couple of years I got into Zeppelin, Sabbath, Deep Purple etc and it just kinda went from there..

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2006, 09:52:38 AM »
got Def Leppard's Hysteria shortly after it came out, played it til the tape broke!  wanted to be a singer then.  couple more followed, W.A.S.P.'s Headless Children being a particular favourite, then i disovered Guns'N'Roses and Slash, and my dream of a low slung Les Paul was born!
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2006, 09:56:57 AM »
My father always had guitars and I was always like cool! a guitar! can I play?  So finally he got sick of it, bought me a $40 Epiphone with 2 inch high action and taught me some chords and I stuck with it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2006, 11:24:33 AM »
I've got no idea what mine was!  I started playing when I was seven or eight years old.  I've just always wanted to play guitar!

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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2006, 11:31:05 AM »
Documentry about Pete Townsend and Angus Young, a combination of My Generation, Whole lot of Rosie and hearing 8 Miles High (Anguses favourite song apparently).

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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2006, 12:03:04 PM »
Great stuff guys, keep the stories coming !!
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2006, 12:12:26 PM »
I had a couple of false starts before ignition.

The first record that made me sit up and realise it was a GUITAR making that sound was Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits, in early 1979.  Before that I'd liked bands like Slade, ELO, Abba(!) etc and obviously I knew they played guitars, but I never really thought about the noises on the records and how they actually made them.

Later that year I got Rainbow's Down to Earth, then got into Purple and Ritchie Blackmore became my first guitar hero - I started to think about learning to play.

But IGNITION was in 1980, with the first Michael Schenker Group album, especially the song Lost Horizons.  Awesome!  What a sound!  That year I got a cheap Les Paul copy for Christmas (Flying V copies - especially black & white striped ones - were hard to come by in Swansea) and I was away...


... unfortunately after ignition I STALLED going round the first corner and never really got started again.  I never became the Welsh Michael Schenker.  Went to Uni, got a job, never practiced as much as I should have.  Never even became a half-competent guitar player.  But I still love it, and I'm still playing (using the term "playing" loosely), still dreaming, still GASing, still blowing money on equipment I can barely use, all these years later.
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2006, 12:12:37 PM »
Well... Saw Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit video on tv and that was it :lol: very far from what I'm listening and playing today
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2006, 12:12:40 PM »
Quote from: Twinfan
I've got no idea what mine was!  I started playing when I was seven or eight years old.  I've just always wanted to play guitar!


7 or 8! You must be good then!  8)
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2006, 12:16:17 PM »
Quote from: Philly Q
I had a couple of false starts before ignition.

The first record that made me sit up and realise it was a GUITAR making that sound was Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits, in early 1979.  Before that I'd liked bands like Slade, ELO, Abba(!) etc and obviously I knew they played guitars, but I never really thought about the noises on the records and how they actually made them.

Later that year I got Rainbow's Down to Earth, then got into Purple and Ritchie Blackmore became my first guitar hero - I started to think about learning to play.

But IGNITION was in 1980, with the first Michael Schenker Group album, especially the song Lost Horizons.  Awesome!  What a sound!  That year I got a cheap Les Paul copy for Christmas (Flying V copies - especially black & white striped ones - were hard to come by in Swansea) and I was away...


... unfortunately after ignition I STALLED going round the first corner and never really got started again.  I never became the Welsh Michael Schenker.  Went to Uni, got a job, never practiced as much as I should have.  Never even became a half-competent guitar player.  But I still love it, and I'm still playing (using the term "playing" loosely), still dreaming, still GASing, still blowing money on equipment I can barely use, all these years later.


Still sounds good though!
What you could do now is get some lessons from a good teacher and use the new knowledge to improve slowly and then you will see a big difference if you practise like the teacher shows you!  8)
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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2006, 12:19:49 PM »
one name: Metallica
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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2006, 12:22:02 PM »
Quote from: Johnny Mac
What you could do now is get some lessons from a good teacher and use the new knowledge to improve slowly and then you will see a big difference if you practise like the teacher shows you!  8)

Been thinking about that recently, Johnny.  

I feel like I know a lot in my head but very little in my hands, and I never know what I should do to focus in the right direction.  I've even gone right back to basics a few times ("hold the plectrum between thumb and forefinger"), but it gets boring very quickly.

Anyone know any good teachers in the London area?
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