Re: When you started and what inspired you...
Well, I grew up around a guitar - my dad had an old Gibson acoustic that he'd play a bit of folk around, and one of my uncles played too. So, I was exposed to the guitar for most of my life, and always loved the sound of it.
But, what finally made me pick the thing up myself was two artists - Jimi Hendrix playing "Voodoo Child (slight return)" and making me think, "holy sh*t the guitar is a vicious sounding instrument!" and Kurt Cobain's playing on Nirvana's unplugged album.
Yep, don't laugh, Kurt was probably the biggest reason I finally had the nerve to try to pick up my dad's acoustic and make noise on it - not only did he seem to have a genuine passion for the guitar and made the guitar "cool" for my generation, he also made it seem like something maybe I could do, whereas in the hands of Jimi it sounded like a totally alien instrument.