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Hey guys...just wondering when everyone started playing guitar or music in general and for how long?? Also, who/what inspired you to pick up an instrument?

I started playing when I was 12 and have been playing for close to 9 years now. I picked up the guitar because I discovered Metallica. I quickly learned every song I could get the tabs for. My taste has since broadened and matured to include many influences including vai, satch, gilbert, etc and a lot of non-guitar music. I pray to God my love affair with the guitar never ends...:grin:
 

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I started playing in 1978. I was lucky enough to have some really cool teachers who turned me on to people I would never have heard of otherwise like Al Di Meola, George Benson,Chet Atkins,Paco de Lucia.
I was inspired by most of the famous players at the time. It was a crazy time every few months something new was happening: Van Halen with tapping, Brad Gillis with the floyd Rose , Jeff Watson with the eight finger tapping, Randy Rhoads playing the first really sophisticated metal, Yngwie with his pedal tones, sweeping, dimished arpeggios, harmonic minor runs.
Then the whole west coast L.A. Scene hit: George Lynch, Warren Di Martini, Vitto Bratta, Reb Beach . I had burned out on "Hair Metal" and started listing to Fusion like Di Meola, Steve Morse, Allan Holdsworth. Stevie Ray Vaughn came out and just tore it up.
These days I'm inspired by all the great players from all over the world: Gutherie Govan(U.K.), Brett Garsed(Austrailia), Fabrizio Leo(Italy), Edu Ardanuy(Brazil) , Joe Bonamassa(USA)...theres a lot of great playing going on right now-its just not getting promoted.
 

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I think the biggest reason for me to pick up the guitar was my father. He was one of the greatest guitarists in the area back in the late 70's and 80's. He died when I was 12 years old. He had tried to teach me a little before he passed away but I wasn't really interested. I guess when you loose someone close like that you tend to have a guilt that you didn't do enough for that person or you didn't appreciate them enough, etc. I realized when I was 15 after listening to tapes of him playing the rain song and europa and samba pa ti and little wing thats it was something I should give the chance I didn't before, for him and for me. I learned all those songs on a broken harmony guitar and later a squier strat note for note, just like he did. I played 14 hours a day the first two years. I stayed back in high school a year cuz i would cut and walk 8 miles to sam ash and guitar center and played there till school was out, then go home and play till i passed out. I guess I became obsessed. And i'll never forget the day this guy i was taking a few lessons from came over my house 2:00 am to let me borrow surfing with the alien and alien love secrets. That was when I knew that that was what was missing in my life. That was my dad and that was me.

Sorry for the long post.
 

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Don't be sorry, bro...that's about the best reason you could ever pick up the guitar. I'm sure your father would be very proud...:)
 

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Yeah, no problem man...actually, I grew up without my dad around the house and he played guitar too...I wouldn't say I picked it up because of him, but now I see that guitar could ultimately bring us a lot closer together...

I think jemsite just turned into Dr. Phil...haha
 

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I've been playing for nearly ten years, I don't know what to say but I just feel like playing all the time :)
 

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I started playing guitar when I was 17-18 after I was working in a guitar shop for a year or two. I kinda decided that I wanted to play guitar after dealing with them day in and day out. Inspiration wise it's hard to say as we used to leave a tape of instructional videos running on a tv we had there to promote our video sales, but I believe I really was inspired by Yngwie after seeing his Young Guitar videos (before it was actually released in North America)
 

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Started in 78 after seeing"The song remains the same" at the midnight movie.Now when a zep song comes up in our setlist I feel like a kid all over again.I'm still inspired by great guitar players and great songs, but especially by the muscians I play with.Nothing better than a tight energetic set or that magic moment when a song is written in 5 minutes at a jam session.For a hunk of wood with strings, the guitar has added more to my life than I can express in words.
 

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Which time? I have stopped and started up the guitar many times since I was 12 years old. Originally it was because my parents are pretty involved church people (Roman Catholic). I never got into church much; I was pretty bored. The whole point being my parents would have church groups come over to our house a lot. The guitarists needed a place to practice, so they started coming to our house. I was enamoured with the six-stringed instrument right off the bat. Shortly after, my parents bought me a guitar, sent me to lessons, and I played in church too.

I have rediscovered the guitar and my love for it last September. I don't desire to play church music though. I have always loved Spanish/Gypsy guitar with the fast fingerpicking. My brother gave me a guitar on his last visit, and I wanted to impress the crap out of him the next time I saw him, so I began taking lessons. This lead to my introduction to the electric guitar. I've never even touched one in my life until last Christmas. My guitar teacher is an older hippie rock guy...he is cool as all hell. I will be 38 in a few weeks, and love the guitar more than I ever had. Ok, sorry this is long. :p

Sorry, I can't say it was Steve Vai or Estaban! :wink:
 

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That was my dad and that was me.
Mister CCJ, your post grabbed my heart;)

I was young dumb little punk who liked Iron Maiden. (haven't changed a bit:lol:) I wanted to play what they played. If it wasn't for them I'd of probably never picked up guitar in the first place.

I knew this old hippie named ~crazy dave~. One night I was at his house (my parents would have killed me:lol:) He had an old "KAY". Emphasis on "OLD :lol: He used to try to play it, but it was broken up a bit, but he loved to make noise, lol. He needed money so I offered him $ 25.00 if he'd let me buy it. I knew he loved it and I felt bad about it, but at the same time wanted it bad! Reluctantly, he did sell it to me.

WOW - my first guitar. I thought I was soo cool:lol: I took it to the music store to see if they could fix it up to play. The guitar guy was like....."ummm, I'll see what I can do with it:lol: They actually got it to play pretty well. Put in some shims & new strings and threw in some knobs and other parts. Cost me $ 8.00 (I think they gave me a break:) ) I bought a Maiden tab book and I was off to the races! Woo hoo! Then after a couple months I was able to save up enough to get a blue Fender Squire strat ($ 175)

My first REAL guitar;-)
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After I got the strat I went straight to Daves apt and gave the "kay" back to him. I'll never forget the smile on his face. (RIP my friend)

Maiden (dave and adrian) inspired me and Crazy Dave let it happen!!

It wasn't till later on that Steve Vai came along, but that is a whole different story, lol.

wow.....sorry for getting carried away folks. Mr. CCJ's post reminded me of the importance of not taking for granted those you love.
 

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A friend loaned me his Rush - Moving Pictures tape, and I knew that I wanted to be able to play that kind of music so I finally picked up a guitar having thought about it for as long as I could remember.

X years later and I still can't play YYZ properly!
 

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I've wanted to play since I was about 6 or 7, but my dad wouldn't buy me a guitar! He was a typical asian dad who believed you should study and do little else!
Tbh, I can't really remember what attracted me to guitars at that age, but the need to have a guitar stayed with me. So when I got my first part-time job at 16, one of the first things I brought was a guitar and even though I couldn't play jack, I joined a band! We covered a lot of Iron Maiden, AC/DC, etc. My inspirations back then were stuff like Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Jimi, Slash, Clapton, Led Zep.
 

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1969- I was in Jr. High School and everyone was still reeling from Sgt. Pepper and Are You Experienced?

We were a three piece band bass drums & acoustic guitar called "Tree" and did our best to cover those records plus a new upstart band from England that was getting alot of press with a stupid name- Led Zeppelin.

I've told the story elsewhere on this site, but electric guitars were almost never seen at that time - at least in my circles - a friend's older brother had a REAL solid-body electric guitar-it looked like a strat (MIJ copy) and he agreed to sell it to me. I had to work all summer to amass all that money cutting lawns, delivering papers, washing cars, cleaning out neighbor's basements.....

Finally, I had saved a pile of money and my dad drove me to the guys house and I gave him my pile and he gave me the guitar. It only had 4 strings on it at the moment, but I still loved it. Sunburst. a curly guitar cord too. I had no amp yet. but so what? I had a REAL electric guitar!!!!.
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It was 1969.
The guitar cost $25.00
I was never so proud.

-jemaholic
 

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When I first heard the start of the motley Crue song Kick Start My Heart, when he used the Guitar to make the motorcycle sound.

Ofcourse I practiced alot mroe seriously after my best friends brother made us listen to Van Halen, Rush and then one night I heard Dream Theaters Pull Me Under.
 

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Everyone in my family plays an instrument, and my sister plays 5. I think the whole family's involvement in music was the main influence, although it was subtle, in a day-to-day sort of way.

I remember hearing Jethro Tull's "Living in the Past" when I was a young kid, well before I picked up an instrument. I was struck by the flute playing and the very bouncy bass line.

I picked up the guitar in earnest in 1985 after hearing the group The Police. Andy Summers' very swirly guitar sounds really drew me in. At the time, all of the new New Wave groups were playing crispy sounding strats, as did Andy Summers, so my first electric guitar was a Strat.
 

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That's a sad story I think, because I could have played for a much longer time :(
My dad's a guitarist and plays for a rock coverband, which is quite well-known here. He showed me some chords when I was very small, but I wasn't patient and ambitious and gave up after one week. Then, when I was older I started to accompany him to gigs and I always thought it was fun being at the locations before the people arrived, seeing the soundcheck, hanging out backstage, driving home at 4p.m. I just thought: A musician life is the coolest thing in the world and I'm gonna marry a musician one day, probably a guitarist (I was 13 at that time). Later when I got into metal, I still thought that a musician life is the best thing, but I was more realistic and picked up the guitar with 16. I liked playing the guitar: I always thought guitarists look quite cool on stage and it's just an awsome instrument. But there was a change, when I heard a song by Children of Bodom with a very fast shredding solo followed by synth shredding (think it was Bodom Beach terror). Cause I never heard anything like this before. The next day somebody showed me some things by Shawn Lane. And then I was completely fascinated. I started listening to fast metal bands from the north of Europe and guitar heroes and I wanted to become a very good guitarist and then I really started to practice.... Much too late, I know... And to become member of metal bands, I focused on rhythm playing a lot..
 

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Wow, cool thread.

My mom has pictures of me at 3 with a toy guitar that I called my "Lar,Lar". :)
That may have started my love of it, but it wasn't till I was 12 that I picked up a real guitar, and started taking lessons, but that was short lived, when my music instructor told me he wouldn't teach me the music I liked: AC/DC, Maiden, and especially Dokken aka: George Lynch.

I picked up a Harmony flying "V" copy a year or so after that in attempt to teach myself....that also was short lived.
It wasn't till I was 17 that I met a gifted guitarist in High School, who started giving me some basic lessons, teaching me George Lynch riffs etc.. :)
The following year I met a guy who posts here on occasion. A Mr Rodney James, and his Shocking Pink Jem, and the rest is history!
 
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