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post Sep 17 2010, 10:31 PM
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When I was first starting out playing guitar, my guitar teacher taught me lots of fingerpicking, which I was not very interested at the time, but I am very thankful for that skill now!

She taught me acoustic songs like, "Puff the Magic Dragon", "Mr. Bojangles", and "Blackbird" by the Beatles.

Technically those were some of the first songs I learned, but I don't really claim them as my first song.

I remember after about 3 years of never practicing and not being any good at all, I got a guitar instructional video showing Classic Rock riffs. Most of them were way too hard, but the one that I really got a hold of was "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple. I imagine that was a lot of players' first song. I was able to pick up on how to play that one and it really boosted my confidence. After that, I would find another riff from the video that I could do, and so on and so on.

But, "Smoke on the Water" is the song I claim as the first one I could really play.

What about everyone else? What was your first song?


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post Sep 17 2010, 10:34 PM
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post Sep 17 2010, 10:51 PM
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Puff the Magic Dragon eh? Actually thats what I was doing at a friends house when I learned my first song - the intro to "Fade to Black" by Metallica tongue.gif


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post Sep 17 2010, 11:01 PM
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I think the first song I tried learning was Gandalfs Return by Blind Guardian. First full song I learnt I think was Dimmu Borgir - Antikrist, Old Version smile.gif But maybye I never finished it... if so, my first full song was probably Jani Liimatainens Young Guitar demo smile.gif

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post Sep 18 2010, 12:28 AM
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post Sep 18 2010, 02:08 AM
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The first full song I learnt was 'Hell Bells by AC\DC' from beginning to end with solo and got the timing, effects, nailed down it all. Still play and love it. I started out enjoying that due to a silly but nice guitar trick to create the bell tone at the beginning of the song, lol!

I like fast metal/rock but blues rock I tend to enjoy chilling out to and sounds sweet on my Gibson.


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post Sep 18 2010, 05:08 AM
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post Sep 18 2010, 10:31 AM
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post Sep 18 2010, 11:55 AM
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I admit: Rhinestone Cowboy! I was eleven and my dad had just taught me the basic chords, so I was strumming along to this for days. Same with Sweet Home Alabama, I was just strumming the chords. The first full song I could play from start to finish was the german classic "Zu spät" (too late) by one of the most popular german fun punk / rock bands "Die Ärzte". Pick up a guitar, start to play that song in Germany, and everybody will sing along...

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post Sep 18 2010, 12:09 PM
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First two I was shown how to play: Free 'Wishing Well' and Iggy Pop/Stoogies "The Passenger'.

First two solos I learned (by slowing down the vinyl records): The Only Ones 'Another Girl Another Planet' and Blue Oyster Cult 'Don't Fear the Reaper'.

First full song (by slowing down the record): Pat Metheny 'Phase Dance'.


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post Sep 18 2010, 01:23 PM
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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Sep 18 2010, 01:09 PM) *
....and Blue Oyster Cult 'Don't Fear the Reaper'.


I love that song smile.gif


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post Sep 18 2010, 01:50 PM
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First songs I learned on guitar was definitely solo part for And I Love Her by the Beatles and next I went to learn some chords for Love Me Do by the same artist.

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post Sep 19 2010, 01:27 AM
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Chord strumming "Lyin Eyes" by the Eagles. I might have done "Puff the Magic Dragon" too.
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post Sep 19 2010, 01:48 AM
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Sweet Home Alabama. I was just playing the chords but I still got a kick out of it.


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post Sep 19 2010, 01:53 AM
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@ Puff the Magic Dragon - you do know that's a song about kids doing drugs right? Puff the Magic Dragon refers to smoking pot and the innocences of childhood is lose through doing so. Still a kewl song but yeah.


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post Sep 19 2010, 02:02 AM
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post Sep 19 2010, 02:26 AM
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Stairway to Heaven.
Spent way too much time learning every note of it. smile.gif

Then it was more Zep, cause it was the first book I got with actual tabs in it...
Babe I'm gonna Leave You.
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post Oct 2 2010, 08:26 AM
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The first song I TRIED to play was Fade to Black by Metallica, but it was too damn hard and I got mad and pretty much put away the guitar for a year. Then I picked it back up to learn "Sweater Song" by Weezer... I was so jazzed that I was able to play a song I heard on the radio. Let's see.... then I learned the opening riffs to Enter Sandman soon after, and the first song me and a friend played together properly was Nirvana's version of "Man Who Sold the World", which was a big deal for us, that was back in like 1995. After that I learned Buddy Holly by Weezer, Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana, Pure Massacre by Silverchair (remember those guys? biggrin.gif)a bunch of Metallica riffs (finally got Fade to Black lol)..... and the rest is history....
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post Oct 20 2010, 06:01 PM
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QUOTE (BedroomBozo @ Oct 2 2010, 03:26 AM) *
The first song I TRIED to play was Fade to Black by Metallica, but it was too damn hard and I got mad and pretty much put away the guitar for a year. Then I picked it back up to learn "Sweater Song" by Weezer... I was so jazzed that I was able to play a song I heard on the radio. Let's see.... then I learned the opening riffs to Enter Sandman soon after, and the first song me and a friend played together properly was Nirvana's version of "Man Who Sold the World", which was a big deal for us, that was back in like 1995. After that I learned Buddy Holly by Weezer, Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana, Pure Massacre by Silverchair (remember those guys? biggrin.gif)a bunch of Metallica riffs (finally got Fade to Black lol)..... and the rest is history....


I know exactly what you mean. It seems like you're overwhelmed because it feels like every song you try is way too hard for you, but then you have that moment where you find a song that you really like and you find out that you can play it. That is one of the greatest motivations I've ever experienced in my guitar playing!


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post Oct 20 2010, 07:34 PM
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First go 'round, when I was 8 or so? The Yellow Rose of Texas, or The Big Rock Candy Mountain.
Second go 'round when I was 18? Neil Young, Heart of Gold.


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