Okay well I am referencing guitar in the title
For me it is electric guitar in particular, I just want this topic to be about personal stories of how we came to want to play the guitar...... or if it's not your first instrument perhaps we talk about that first then how you came to guitar?
I first wanted to play music when I was in Junior school, I asked my parents if I could have drum lessons. Well..... the drum lesson consisted of reading rhythms from music and playing them on a snare (it is only recent that I have learnt to read music, just didn't sink in, the first time I could do it I was about 18 - so that's about 8 years ago lol, maybe not so recent now)
My practice "tool" at home was two sticks and a rubber pad, I quickly lost interest and when my parents said "would you like a drum kit now?" I was too honest and said I didn't want it, I feel now that if I had got it I may have actually learnt eventually - but who knows then, I might not be playing guitar? I might do both I guess but who knows.
Then in high school around 1997, I heard Metallica - Reload, that got me turned onto heavy rock. I then heard other bands such as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and most importantly I was asked by a high school friend "have you ever heard Jimi Hendrix?" and I said "who?" well I remembered the name and asked my Dad if he knew who he was
I think he was a bit like
and he bought me "Experience Hendrix" a great compilation disc spanning his career. All these guitar bands blew my little mind and I REALLY wanted to play guitar. Someone wanted me to play in a band though and I offered to play bass, I convinced my parents that Bass was easier on my fingers (I have eczema) and they took the plunge and got me a bass. After about a year I started playing on a guitar that my sister had, I quickly decided I'd like to play electric and got a guitar from our local guitar shop for Â£60 (which I saw on sale recently in a cheapo store for Â£200!!! They overcharge for junk in that shop).
So those 90s guitar bands and Hendrix were the main reason I played, I joined a classic rock band with other people my age in 2000s and I learn't an awful lot from that too. I'm glad electric guitar is the instrument I chose, I love it and it gives me so much joy to play it, it is; "The Beautiful instrument" to me.
So whats your story?
together we stand, divided we fall..........