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Old 04-23-2011, 03:59 AM   #1
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Default What inspired you to play the guitar?

What inspired you to play the guitar, electric as well as acoustic?

For me, my main inspirations are Dream Theater and Iron Maiden.
They got me off electronic pop.....not that I dont like pop, its just not my kinda thing anymore.

Acoustic wise, I was never too interested until I heard Yngwie Malmsteen's "Angels of Love" and came across David Russell's "Spatter the Dew" on ze UTube.


What are you inspirations? Who do you want be like?
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:35 AM   #2
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Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Chet Atkins, Santana, Pat Matheny.
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Old 05-10-2011, 06:09 PM   #3
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Johnny Cash for me too.
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:39 PM   #4
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The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Been pickin ever since. FINALLY got that Martin I always wanted!
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:01 AM   #5
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My elder brother did. He used to sit in front of me playing covers for popular rock tracks and I was listening to them in fascination.
He then showed me the ropes of playing guitar and I started visiting a private teacher.
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:05 PM   #6
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Sublime. Sublime. Sublime. Sublime was the first and most inspiring group that really got me into guitar. Not that Bradley was particularly like a virtuoso or anything. Its just that their music was the first music that really made me want to get into playing music. Then it spread to all types of different genres.

from there, there are just too many great guitarists that have interested me into all the different styles and types of playing.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:49 PM   #7
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Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.Loved when Chet played two songs at once and it sounded good.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:44 PM   #8
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Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.Loved when Chet played two songs at once and it sounded good.

its soo great that youtube exists.. We can watch all the great amazing guitarists of the past. Love watching Chet Atkins, Jim Stafford, Leo Kottke, Les Paul, Mark Knopfler, etc etc. and all their collaborations. One of my favs is Leo and Chet doing Sleepwalk. Great stuff.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:54 PM   #9
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and they are always hilarious too... thats the best part!!
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:07 PM   #11
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:13 AM   #12
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Watching Roy Clark on Hee Haw.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:36 PM   #13
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That guy could play .
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #14
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I was inspired when a friend that played told me to go buy a guitar and he would teach me. That was in 1978 or so. Still trying to learn to play it
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My family . We would have a family get together and 25 people would show up with guitars ,fiddles and harmonicas . I just had to figure out how to get in the middle of that ! They would play all of these old Jimmy Rogers and Hank Williams songs . Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson . It was a music education that you can't buy .
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:22 AM   #16
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I started on the flute, but the problem was that it sounded pretty thin with no accompaniment. The guitar was a complete instrument. It was also the weapon of choice for the musicians I was listening to as a teenager.
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I started with the clarinet, and when my older brother came home with a cheap classical guitar, I would watch him play along with his buddies, and when they left, I would try what I learned from them. I bought a few song books that had chord diagrams, why I studied...and practiced whenever my brother's guitar was available. Eventually, I borrowed money from my brother, so I could get my own 12-string guitar. Played a lot of Bob Dylan songs, along with many other folk singers of the mid-60s. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, PP&M, Willie Nelson, Elvis, Conway, Johnny Horton, Arlo Guthrie, and The Beatles were a big influence, so I eventually bought a 6-string electric and joined a band. Ever since, I owned at least 1 guitar since age 15.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:11 PM   #20
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The 3 biggest inspirations for me were Lenny Breau,Pierre Bensusan and Berta Rojas.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:54 PM   #21
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What inspired me to play guitar was listening to my dad play with his brothers at christmas. It was always so much fun as a kid. I didn't start playing until I was 18 and that was mainly because I over heard a group of girls saying how amazing it would be to hear a guy play guitar. HAHA. I went right to practice room and made someone start showing me chords. Then I got grounded for drinking in high school for a month and really got started on the guitar. This all sounds a little goofy but it what happen and now I teach and play for a living (almost). Thanks for bringing back the memories!

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:56 PM   #22
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Great reasons right there!!
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:24 AM   #23
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My brother showed me a could of chords on his Sears Silvertone I fell in love with that sound and never put it down .I play a Gibson R7 and a Taylor 214CE and I love them both like family I was motivated to play acoustic from diverse artist like Harry Chapin,Gordon Lightfoot, Patrick Simmons, Neil Young, and Dan Fogelberg . I like to listen to open tuning artist like Eric Johnson,Leo Kottke and newer artist I see on You Tube
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