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Bear Rose
post Sep 23 2010, 10:17 PM
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I'm interested to see what was the reason or inspiration of why everyone here started playing guitar. Here's what started me:

In 7th grade I changed schools, and so I had to make friends with a whole new group of people. Well, the ones that I started hanging out with were all guitar players and all they ever talked about was playing guitar. So, I wanted to fit in as well, so the summer after my 7th grade year I started taking lessons. So, really the reason I started playing guitar was because "all my friends were doing it".

After I started getting into it though, I noticed that I absolutely loved the way certain guitar solos sounded. The solo for "No Rain" by Blind Melon, and the guitar parts in "Yellow Ledbetter" by Pearl Jam, and numerous Slash solos really stirred my emotions. Something about the sound of them just spoke to me and I wanted to play like that. I later discovered that the sound that I loved was the sound of a major scale guitar solo. Most rock, blues, and metal players use the minor and minor pentatonic, but the major scale is so beautiful to me and that is easily what I play the best solos in!

So what was it that caused you to decide to start playing guitar?


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post Nov 29 2010, 11:34 PM
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QUOTE (whiskey5 @ Nov 29 2010, 03:53 PM) *
I figured I had advanced as far as I could with my Air Guitar, so one day I took off work early and went bought a Squire Affinity and Peavy Vypyr.

Five months later, and now I have an ESP LTD EC1000 VB, a Schecter 7 string, a Vox VT15, and a Vox AC1.

I plan on exchanging the 7 string for a Schecter C1 Custom, cause that 7 string is just too much guitar for me right now.

But, I'm dumb-founded by how addicted to guitars I have become. They are just so neat looking.

I'm also donating the Squire and Peavy Vypyr amp to a local shelter for abused kids. Getting it was one of the greatest things that has happened to me (it literally changed my lifestyle), and now being able to pass it on is a bonus.


Very cool! Guitars really are beautiful things! I'm really wanting a PRS guitar, (and yes, partially because they look sooooo good) but I don't know if I can justify the price tag on them.

Also its very awesome that you donated your first guitar and amp to a shelter. That is inspiring. Well done!

QUOTE (jafomatic @ Nov 29 2010, 04:54 PM) *
I guess my story is pretty similar to Bear's: I finally asked for lessons because of a cool friend who supposedly knew how to play. However, there's a little more to it:

- I've actually owned a guitar longer than I can remember. I don't know when this busted old classical guitar showed up in my childhood bedroom but it seemed like it was "always there." I'd sit it flat on my lap and play whatever sounded good to me, even though the thing only had three strings on it. I assume this is why, long after, I was always told by musicians that I have "good rhythm"

- I've always loved making things. Building (legos, blocks), drawing, painting, writing, music, programming, whatever. If there was an instrument nearby, I would certainly want to play it even if I was too shy to ask. If it was a guitar, I was less willing since it was a thing to pick up and hold. A piano, on the other hand, seemed less rude to just sit down and play upon.

After relating all of that, I'm going to have to telephone my mother and ask if she remembers where that old guitar came from. I hope she can recall because it's really making me curious now.


I had a cheap cowboy toy guitar when I was young. Never really played it, but it looked cool and I always had it. Our stories seem to be growing more alike! Haha.

It would be very cool to know where that guitar did come from. If you find out, let us know!


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- Bear Rose   What Inspired You To Start Playing Guitar?   Sep 23 2010, 10:17 PM
- - ZakkWylde   I wanted to play guitar by the age of ~14 because ...   Sep 23 2010, 10:38 PM
- - superize   I wanted to be able to play my favorite songs and ...   Sep 23 2010, 10:53 PM
- - Captain Insaino   One guy.... SRV... Yea he pulled me into all his m...   Sep 23 2010, 11:05 PM
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- - Fran   Music! Being able to play the songs I love   Sep 23 2010, 11:15 PM
- - alvaroshredd   PFF Well!, in my case i began trying to make m...   Sep 23 2010, 11:22 PM
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