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What made you decide to be a guitarist?

When I started all I wanted to do is make those sounds, get them strings a vibratin'. Later on, I realized I was getting pretty good at it, and I found being a player was a social lubricant for someone who is just a little on the shy side. It made it easy for me to make friends. I got better and better at it until I was earning my living from it. Now, 40 years on, that's simply what I do.

What made you choose to play this wonderful instrument?

Kirk
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Re: What made you decide to be a guitarist?

7/14/2001 11:21 PM

Jason Henderson (5681) wrote:

You mean this complicated, really, really complicated instrument? Well, I don't think anyone really cares about me, but I started because of the music of today-it really sucks. I would talk to my friends and they would highly agree with me. I decided that me and my friends become a band, and set music straight and do what's right. That, and I had nothing else to do. I started playing in last December with my moms old accuistic guitar, I remember because it was the night that John Lennon dieds' like twentieth year, or something like that. I remember practicing the only two chords I know, C and G, back and forth really slowly, often at times not even really making a sound. I continued playing through the oncoming few months until April came in, and on Easter my entire family hada get together. Everyone I knew came. I got out my electric guitar, plugged it in and played everything I could possibly remember that is decent to play in front of children and thousands of people that know me. I didn't really get their attention, but whenever someone walked by they would tell me how good I was and told me to continue on. I did as long as I could, and as I walked away everyone clapped their hands into the air as I walked back to my moms car to put my guitar away. That was four months ago, and from that moment on, I knew that this is what I would be doing for the rest of my life.



J.C.

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7/14/2001 11:44 PM

James Woods (2746) wrote:

My story is kinda weird. I grew up around music. My parents were in a touring vocal group. Their friends were in business or owned studios. The guys and girls I grew up around were working musicians so, it was kinda expected of me. My parents made me learn piano. They told me that even if I didn't like it, learning music would make me grow. They were right. At fourteen, after years of playing music because I had to, I decided I liked playing music. But, the piano wasn't doing it for me. I told my dads' best friend that I wanted to learn guitar. He was soo cool, he lent me a Gibson J-200, which I beat on for about a year and a half before I discovered electricity. I feel really fortunate to have had my life. I love music and the guitar is how I make music.
james

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7/15/2001 1:13 AM

Tracy Wilhelm (120) wrote:

Well, just before Christmas, my best friend told me he wanted a guitar. This seed that was planted in my head began to grow. All the posibilites... Playing the music that I love (Megadeth), fame, money and most of all... chicks. I recieved the gift, because every other item on my wishlist was vetoed. I sucked. Realy bad. Then (My friend Cabe got one, too) Cabe learned his first metal riff. I couldn't believe it! I still sucked worse than him AND he knew some metal! That's when the obsession began. I strove to be better than him. Every living, breathing moment was deticated to getting better than him. It didn't take long. My next goal was my guitar teacher. That took a bit longer, but I managed. Durning that contest to become better than those two, I fell in love. With my guitar. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
-Tracy.

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7/15/2001 1:19 AM

Robert Silvia (1575) wrote:

When I was 15 it was because my dad played. Now it's because I need too just to keep myself sane.

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7/15/2001 2:29 AM

Mike Martinez (93) wrote:

Well, for me it was pretty simple,when I was 16 my olders sisters start to play guitar cause they join a chorus in the church,by that time I was in high school and a friend came with a guitar and start to play "Dust in the wind" and it was for me like "woooh" I wanna play that so just start to play,and until today I try to find some time in all father duties day to play somethings.Thats it.

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7/15/2001 3:05 PM

Stone Dragon (8501) wrote:

The guitar decided for me. I never had a choice.



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7/15/2001 3:23 PM

Eirik Omvik (9) wrote:

I needed something that would help me express my feelings and being able to play wonderfull songs...

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7/15/2001 3:47 PM

Rich Barton (3923) wrote:

Why does night follow day,
why does summer follow spring,
why do girls follow me..........
I DO BECAUSE I DO



RICH

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7/15/2001 5:21 PM

Bradley Fair (378) wrote:

Loooong story, but you might find it to be cool. I was little, my dad's friend Chris would come over. He would bring his guitar and play rockin' songs. I bought aguitar, and damn, I wanted to learn how to play. Gess what? That guitar stuck itself in my closet for 6 years. Then I sold it. Next thing you know, I went to church and saw my preacher had one. Cool, I was 14 years old then. I aksed him to help me, and he did, and I picked up on it fast. I am musically inclined, I can play amazing grace on any instrument (tuned) that you hand me, so, guitar just came naturally! Now I am 15, and still pickin'/strummin. And the guitar will never leave my life. But here is a killa question: Is the guitar one of the hardest instruments to play? If you think so, why?

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7/15/2001 7:18 PM

Tim Floto (6151) wrote:

I started when folk music was all the rage and the guitar clad troubador a la Dylan, Baez, Pete Seeger and others sounded so good - voice plus guitar. Now I'm totally sucked into music, theory and the versatility of the guitar.
Tim



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7/16/2001 12:58 AM

Sharon Bakula (953) wrote:

My first serious attempt at learning to play the guitar was back in the 70s, and it stemmed from a desire to emulate all those singer-songwriters that were out there performing with acoustic guitars at the time. Like Baez and Seeger and Judy Collins and John Denver and Joni Mitchell, plus a lot of other, less famous people I saw playing at local coffee houses. Singing is something that comes naturally to me, I guess you could say...at least it's something I've aways done...and I wanted to learn to play guitar so I could accompany myself and sing at coffee houses like all those other people. But I found the guitar playing part to be VERY difficult, and I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't stay with it. In fact, I basically gave up on the whole thing.

Fast forward about 27 years...and here I am trying again. Call it a midlife crisis or whatever you want, but the fact is, in the last few years I've been getting back in touch with a lot of things that I have always really wanted to do but had let myself forget how much they ment to me for a long time, and wanting to perform for audiences is one of them. And this time, I am finding that I have a lot more patience with the hard parts...more maturity, for one thing, I guess, plus more realistic expectations. (For one thing, I understand that it's okay to suck when you're just beginning to learn, and as dumb as it may sound, I'm not sure I really did understand that back in 1970whenever, lol.)

And while I will admit that my first love is still singing, I have to say that I've been developing a real affection for playing the guitar this time out, rather than just seeing it as means to an end. In fact, back then, it almost seemed like an obstacle of sorts *ducks flying tomatoes*, like something that was standing in between me and what I really wanted to do *ducks more flying tomatoes*, which was sing in front of an audience. I can see that had a lot to do with why I was not successful with the guitar then. If playing the guitar was something that came a little easier to me, I think things might have been different (and I think it DOES come easier to some people than others; I know that the willingness to put in a lot of hard work is what success hinges on, but I think it's easier to find that motivation for something that doesn't seem overwhelmingly hard), but it came VERY hard. And I didn't have anybody around telling me it was actually possible to succeed at something that was THAT hard. I knew lots of people who played the guitar, but I met them all AFTER they already knew how to play, so I never saw any of their early struggles. And I didn't get any help or encouragement from any of them, either. They all acted like there was nothing to it, and like they couldn't see why I couldn't just pick it up the way they had. What I mean is, their attitude was that it WASN'T hard. And since it WAS hard for me, I eventually decided I just wasn't cut out to play and gave up.

This time out, I knew it was going to be hard, I expected that...and I also realized that didn't mean I couldn't get there eventually if I kept at it. And I got really intrigued with things like theory, and thanks to the internet and places like WN, I had a way to find out things that were complete mysteries to me back in the 70s, such as how chords are constructed and why certain chords played in a certain order sound right as a background to certain melodies...and that has opened up a whole new world to me. I mean, I'm learning where all the notes are on the fretboard, and I'm learning to play some scales...and I had NO clue about things like that back in the 70s...back then I thought playing the guitar was just learning to form chords with my left hand and strum or pick with my right. So learning to play is turning out to be totally different experience, and a more enjoyable one, because I enjoy doing things more if I understand WHY I'm doing them. So the playing part means a lot more to me now, and like I said, I'm enjoying it more.

I don't know what it would really take for me to actually think of myself as a "guitarist", though. To me, that means someone who is really good at playing the instrument. My main goal is to get proficient enough to accompany my singing, whatever that may mean...and I'm not really sure what it does mean at this point in time (not to mention to be able to sing and play at the same time, because so far, the quality of my singing decreases about 2000% as soon as I try to play at the same time, lol...another factor that discouraged me way back when), as well as to write songs of my own. I hope nobody finds it offensive that I'm not in love with the instrument JUST for its own sake, but that's the honest truth. Besides, I just feel that singing is where my real strength lies...I don't think I'd ever be good enough that anyone would be INTERESTED in listening to me play the guitar...but I do have a decent voice and I know how to express myself with it...and I need instrumental backing to really do anything with it. I hope you all don't think that's a HORRIBLE reason for wanting to play the guitar...but that's just how it is for me. :o\ And along the way, I'm making all kinds of fascinating discoveries about the nature of music and about the guitar itself that wouldn't be happening if I was focusing only on singing...and that's all good, isn't it? :o)

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