Re: What inspired you to pick up the guitar
My parents always played classic rock stuff. Boston, Def Leppard, Styx, Journey. Stuff like that. They had always had an open invitation that if I wanted to learn an instrument or other hobby (pottery, woodworking, etc.) that they would pay for lessons to get me into it. About the time I hit junior high and was starting to skateboard, my parents took me to a string of concerts. In a couple years I saw Rascall Flatts, Def Leppard, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Journey, and Rush. Some of the best experiences of my life. The first Def leppard concert really got me wanting to play, so I told them I wanted to take guitar lessons. They set me up with a $100 Ibanez starter kit and lessons from some college kid. The lessons and guitar both sucked, but sparked enough to keep me going. Now I am in with a great Academy/lesson center, and have a better guitar. The idea of Playing on stage has always been my motivation. But I usually just use guitar as a hobby and release. Only play on stage occasionally.
Ive seen a fair number of bands for only being 20, and every time I go to a concert, it gives me more motivation to go play and practice harder. Trying to think back, I have seen Rascall Flatts, Def Leppard(2x), Journey (2x), Rush, Warrant, Bret Michaels, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Incubus, Linkin Park, Peter Cetera, Skid Row, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Tickle Me Pink, John Mayer (yawn...), and a bunch of various bands that opened for those groups. As it stands, my favorite three bands are: Def Leppard (for the tone and attitude), Chicago (for their musicality), and Incubus (just because).
Last edited by ohaple; 01-23-2013 at 04:26 PM.