I love all type of music. As long as it has a guitar or you can actually physically sit down and play it. I have been inspired by a very different group of people and bands. Here are some. Metallica, Megadeth, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Robert Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Green Day, Nivana, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Pantera, Silverchair, Godsmack, Matthew Good Band, Wide Mouth Mason, The Beetles, The Offspring, Soundgarden, Alan Jackson, Rage Against the Machine, and many, many others. You won't find people like Britney or Ricky Martin on this list that's for sure.
Thanks to wholenote I have gained enough confidence to play with a band and in front of a crowd. Check out all types of music and learn from it.
I own a Fender "copy" Strat and a cool little acoustic guitar. I have a old "Paul" amplifier that helps me make some noise out of my Strat. I am a singer/songwriter. To date I have written just about 80 songs. They range in various styles. Naturaly each one gets better so that makes it exciting to create another one. Just when I think that I can't top the last one...I do. I hope it can continue. You do hit plateau's but you just keep moving on. Learn something else.
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