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Who did it for you?

I'm sure we all have different musical influences but I want to know who did it for you? What band or guitar player (famous or not) made you decide to learn to play?

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10/12/2000 6:33 AM

Shasm Haidar (4) wrote:

kurt cobain



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10/13/2000 1:30 AM

Bjrn Van den Eeckhout (2189) wrote:

Don't you dare laugh!!!
The person who got me into wanting to play was that woman (don't know here name) that played the lead guitar parts on the older Michael Jackson albums. It was however by hearing U2's Pride that I nagged 24/7 for a guitar.
How the hell did I get into playing metal ?
Must have been that ten ton hammer hitting me when I heard Cowboys from hell by Pantera. My goal is to become as good as Dimebag Darrel. Will I succedd ? Only time will tell.

B(j)orn Dead.



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10/13/2000 8:23 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

The woman who played with Michael Jackson? Do you mean Jennifer Batten? She's definitely not being someone to be ashamed of if she got you into wanting to play guitar.

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10/14/2000 3:59 AM

Howard Owens (3129) wrote:

Don't laugh: John Denver.

Three things converaged at the same time when I was in seventh grade: I had a teacher who looked like a female John Denver and I had a crush on her (I was in choir, which she taught). I had been begging my parents for a guitar and when I found out I could take lessons at school, my parents bought me one and the guitar teacher was really into folk rock -- the first two songs he taught us were "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Take Me Home Country Roads"; and three -- and the whole reason I wanted a guitar in the fist place: my brother lived in Aspen and worked for a time as John Denver's photographer (even got me a back stage pass -- though I never met Denver).

Currently, I don't even own any John Denver recordings.

However, what really shook my life and totally altertered its course, not just in music but in ALL aspects of my life, was Elvis Costello's "My Aim is True." In 1977, that album radically altered my view of reality, myself and awakened a creative drive that influenced every subsquent decision I ever made about my life. Because of Elvis, I wanted to be a songwriter, which led me to study literature, which led me to want to be a writer, which led me to become a journalist, which is how I met my wife and which eventually led to my becoming a Web developer. That one single piece of vinyl influenced me and changed me and my life more than anything.



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10/17/2000 9:40 PM

Bjrn Van den Eeckhout (2189) wrote:

Dear Stefan, it's not that I'm ashamed of being turned to the guitar by Jennifer Batten (thanx, it's her allright), but a lot of my friends laugh at it non the less. She's got balls, if you know what I mean. There should be no shame at all for being down with anyone who got you into the joy of playing the guitar.



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10/18/2000 9:56 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

I agree 100%. I had the chance of seeing Jennifer during one of her clinics in a small music store up close and it was quite an experience, although her style of playing is not the one I'm after.



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10/19/2000 6:30 PM

Vernon Horne (1134) wrote:

Only one thing to say: She's working for Jeff Beck now. Nuff said!!!!

Vernon

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10/19/2000 8:28 AM

Antonio Serrano (147) wrote:

My father's band and their sons influenced me all the instruments I play since I was a kid.

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10/19/2000 4:39 PM

Philip Gr (67) wrote:

Tony Iommi
Dave Gilmour
Neil Young

never needed anything else after Young ! : )



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10/19/2000 7:51 PM

John Root (361) wrote:

Wow this post reads like a whos who of guitar!
Well mine are : Mike mcready,
Joe Perry,
Andy Cairns( Therapy?)
Dregen (Backyard Babies)
well there you go!
JJR



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10/22/2000 5:48 PM

Steve Suomu (680) wrote:

This topic has gotten a lot of responses, so I'll add mine to the mix. When I was studying Classical guitar,back in 1987, I saw a PBS (I think) special with Leo Kottke and Micheal Hedges, and I was blown away, hooked into the acoustic thing. Then I saw Don Ross, who if you have never heard of, is a very underrated guitar player. Although I belive he is getting more recognition in the last few years. Check him out.
Steve

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