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Unread 08-22-2007, 09:18 AM   #61
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Unread 08-22-2007, 02:50 PM   #62
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It was the biggest strike against me from my wife.
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Unread 08-22-2007, 02:54 PM   #63
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It was the biggest strike against me from my wife.
Knowing what I know about musicians, I can understand why...not in your case, mind you, but in my own...
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Unread 08-22-2007, 03:05 PM   #64
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Knowing what I know about musicians, I can understand why...not in your case, mind you, but in my own...
Her dad plays loudly and not so well. we play very differently, but she always swore she would never marry a guitar player.
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Unread 08-22-2007, 09:32 PM   #65
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Her dad plays loudly and not so well. we play very differently, but she always swore she would never marry a guitar player.
Guess that showed her! Can't mess with fate (or BSPE's awesomeness)!

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Unread 08-22-2007, 10:50 PM   #66
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From ages 12-14, I listened to the radio constantly. I had discovered rock and soul music and couldn't get enough. I wanted to get even closer to the music I loved so much by picking up the main instrument we had lying around the house -- an ukulele.
Almost similar to me. I started my music career with the trumpet. Then I heard the Ventures play and was hooked on the guitar. But, like you, the only stringed instrument in the house was a plastic uke that I remember learning to pick the theme from Hawaii Five-O. I played that thing until my mother bought me a 3/4 sized Contessa steel string guitar. Like the Major and Dave, there were no tabs or very many guitar books or DVD's, CD's or even tapes - only vinyl. You had to have a good ear.
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Unread 08-23-2007, 07:39 AM   #67
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I was about 9 and received a plastic-bodied, nylon stringed guitar for Christmas. I played on that thing without knowing what I was doing. My mom had purchased a Sears Silvertone, with a book and record for herself, and I really liked the thought about learning to play, so since I was one of 8 children, this was about as extravagent as it was going to get.

I'd played that lil' plastic thing for about 2 months, when I broke a string, and saved up my money to get another. I can still remember my folks laughing so hard, when I came home from the music store with a new string (steel) and tried to put it on that plastic guitar. I nearly cracked the neck trying to tune that sucker!

My mom gave up on the guitar, and so she gave me hers and by bloody fingertips, and ear, I slowly but surely improved. Today, I'm still learning and loving the whole process. Thanks be to God for the gift of music in my life.
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Unread 08-23-2007, 07:53 AM   #68
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Like the Major and Dave, there were no tabs or very many guitar books or DVD's, CD's or even tapes - only vinyl. You had to have a good ear.
Those were the days, huh? No wonder I didn't try to play guitar when I was younger. It would have been a lot harder to teach myself.
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Unread 08-23-2007, 05:26 PM   #69
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So what's your point?


Im just sayin...

For someone so obsessed with FBL, it only figures that you wouldnt even play guitar if you hadnt first read about it in FBL.

No point really... just thought that it was interesting. Most people read FBL as a result of playing guitar, but you play the guitar as a result of reading FBL.
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Unread 08-24-2007, 03:58 AM   #70
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Its 5 am, I can't fall asleep, so why not give this thread a go, eh?

When I was about one or two, one of the guitarists gave me an old Kay Musicnote (which was probably her first guitar). From what I've been told, I would always sit around plucking the strings and singing. Then a year or so later, we moved and it kinda got buried in my basement (but still dug out when I decided to make a huge mess), and in 4th grade I started to play the snare drum. My school didn't have a band until 6th grade, so I just kind of... played the snare drum. It wasn't all that exciting, but I stuck with it and ended up moving again in 6th grade, where I joined the band at the new school. Even though I was in that, I still didn't really understand how I was a part of whatever the band was playing. It probably didn't help that I was the only percussionist, and got lost at every concert -- I did fine in the practices, I would just lose my place and stop playing during the concerts

I got a drum kit for christmas that year, and my siblings, my neighbor, and I decided we were going to start a band (it never happened) But I manipulated my dad into buying my little brother a mini electric guitar. No amp, just the guitar, I didn't know you needed an amp. We would sit around my chunky old laptop I saved from the trash at my dad's office and record us singing and strumming the guitar until my neighbor broke the high E string in one of our bizarre ideas of tuning. I was pretty mad him, and didn't know how that could be fixed or anything. We still kind of messed around with it, but I had no idea how chords worked so I pretty much gave up. Then my sister started piano lessons at our school, and I thought the piano would be something great to learn, so I went through two years of piano lessons, but didn't learn a single thing I didn't already know--Aside from what middle C was, and how to play Baa Baa Black Sheep and Jingle Bells.

In the middle of those two years though, I found that old Kay in my basement (at that point it still had the tailpiece and I knew where the bridge was...), so I decided I wanted to learn to play it. I took it into the music store, and they told me it was a toy or something and that I needed to buy a "real" guitar. So I went home, discouraged and embarrassed. A few months later, my parents bought me an Ibanez acoustic starter pack for $99, and got me some lessons at the store. I went, and I practiced, and I liked it--except that I thought I wasn't cool enough to play guitar. I dreaded going to my lessons because I didn't have a hooded sweatshirt or electric guitar (for some reason, I thought an acoustic was a weak kid's guitar, and as for the hooded sweatshirt... I really don't know, I just remember thinking it...)

So by Christmas that year I quit. (I started lessons in September, just after my birthday) I still picked it up now and again, I didn't know any real songs, but I knew one chord progression and the bflat and f barre chords that I was told caused a lot of people to quit, so I kept up on those. Then a year after I had started the first time, my sister and her friends decided they wanted to start a band, so she was going to take lessons from her music teacher at school. Since she wanted to use my guitar, and I'm kinda protective of my stuff (especially at that point), I started lessons too.

By December, she quit. It was actually the day before he let me play on his guitar--a Gibson ES 175. I was amazed at how much easier it was to play than my 99 dollar starter acoustic with the extremely high action. He also put the icing on the cake and hooked up some effects. Since it was right before Christmas, I went home and told my mom that I wanted an electric guitar. Then a week or so later I re found CGR (I originally thought that it was going to give me some sort of evil identity stealing virus, with all its pop ups and ads), and then I found the forums. I joined and posted about buying an electric guitar. I could probably go on for a lot longer, but I'm going to stop now. I think I might have the longest post so far...

Give me a break though, its just about 6 o'clock and I still haven't been able to sleep..... Wow, it took me nearly an hour to write this.
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Unread 08-24-2007, 08:15 AM   #71
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Unread 08-24-2007, 11:51 AM   #72
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Then a week or so later I re found CGR (I originally thought that it was going to give me some sort of evil identity stealing virus, with all its pop ups and ads), and then I found the forums. I joined and posted about buying an electric guitar.
For old times' sake...

http://www.christianguitar.org/forum...d.php?t=117228

That's nearly a year and 8 months ago.
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Unread 08-26-2007, 11:35 AM   #73
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Im just sayin...

For someone so obsessed with FBL, it only figures that you wouldnt even play guitar if you hadnt first read about it in FBL.

No point really... just thought that it was interesting. Most people read FBL as a result of playing guitar, but you play the guitar as a result of reading FBL.
Well, perhaps. I did noodle with it a bit before, enough that I felt like making my own guitar as a result of it, tho that was probably more of a personal challenge in and of itself, but the asymmetrical tuning didn't make a lot of sense, so I went on to mandolin, then bass, and then even keyboard, and was completely readied and contented to be the next les claypool or geddy lee or john paul jones.

And then I read FBL . . .
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Unread 08-27-2007, 03:33 PM   #74
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I learned guitar because I was getting into a lot of trouble, and I needed something to take up time. I was also very much crushing on a girl who played guitar. I picked up the instrument as a tool to keep me busy and atract people to me.

I had no idea that guitar was going to be one of the tools I use to praise God.

It's funny how something I picked up to be a rock star has only humbled me and turned me more into a servant.
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Unread 08-31-2007, 08:54 PM   #75
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I started bugging my parents for a guitar at the beginning of the British invasion.
(a long long time ago). I don't think I wanted to play just to impress the girls, but that
was probably the biggest reason at the time. I got my first guitar at Christmas that year. (I was 11) It was a Silvertone (Sears) acoustic. I had some lessons at the local music store and learned my first couple of chords. I sold the guitar when I graduated college for $ 5. I couldn't keep dragging it around anymore. You couldn't play it anyway. I still regret not keeping it. I would use it as a wall decoration. And as you might suspect, I didn't attract many girls with my guitar playing. Girls can sense the feeling of desperation. It drives them away.
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