Songs From Your Youth

Let’s here song from your younger days that inspired you(or made you want) to play guitar.
This song came out when I was in High School in 1977 playing in a Garage band that was going nowhere. I think it was the motivation to keep playing.
I dedicate it to @TheMadman_tobyjenner who is still young at heart and playing Rock and Roll

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I remember getting my first guitar this year (it was red and white) from my eldest sister and I would pretend to copy Paul McCartney, I would have been 6 years old Christmas 1977.

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This was one of the songs that got me interested in guitar a long, long time ago.

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This one got me interested

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There are so many songs of my youth that fueled my desire to play guitar. Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, CSN&Y, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Who, Glenn Cambell, Merle Haggard, B. B. King, Howlin
Wolf, and so many others. But the one song that really put the burn in me was Purple Haze and later If 6 was 9 by Jimi.

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Robert @ChasetheDream
Ditto far to many but what is fantastic I am now learning to play some of them.
Michael :guitar::notes:

This one was probably the one that made me realise I couldn’t play guitar. The Beatles - Get Back Take 1 | Rooftop Concert | Audio Remastered - YouTube

Prior to that I was trying to play this one

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Thats a big guitar he has there. Its like wagon wheels you remember them being huge then when you grow up you think they shrunk them.

Great topic here Stitch, I think overall Nirvana made me pick up my guitar in my crazy teens. Although I think what really made me push a buy now button for an electric guitar was this:

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@stitch Fun topic, thanks Rick.

ABBA’s Waterloo was the first song I can recall connecting to, aged 8. Lots of music of various genres from then but no desire to do more than listen and enjoy. Until I saw the Stones concert film Let’s Spend the Night Together in a cinema Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb LIVE Tempe, Arizona '81 - YouTube

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There were a few of groups that got me interested in playing guitar, but the first songs I learned around 1964 were by the Beatles. However, the person who had the biggest impact was Tom Rush. I listened to his music when I was a teenager and have seem him live a few times over the years. It was seeing him perform in Loveland, CO around 2007 that inspired me want to play again.

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I inherited my first guitar so it wasn’t actually a song that got me into it. However, Eric Clapton Tears in Heaven was a game changing song for me. Early on in my guitar journey my teacher played it and said it was my next song. I was flabbergasted and said i’d never be able to play that! I was wrong. She was right. Took a while but i did it and 12 years on it’s still one of my fave go to songs. It did masses for my confidence and self belief. It’s just practise! Where have we heard that before?! :wink:

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When I was a kid, school teachers assured you that “musical children go to music school”.
I felt little for learning notes and thought I wasn’t musical. One even insisted I wasn’t musical by giving me the easiest parts to sing.

Yet, I felt like an electric guitar would be something for me.
Around that age, I started attending art school in weekends; I traded football for art.
The first assignment was a full boy self-prortrait on a piece of street and everybody would be joined in a big parade by piecing the pieces of street together.
I painted myself with a black stratocaster, white pickguard, maple neck.
Little did i know, that would become my first guitar (a cheap knock off) and after that the real Strat as first “real, decent guitar”.

I knew the Dire Straits from a friends father’s collection; Money For Nothing and Sultans Of Swing showed that there is a plces that combines “clean”, “rock”, “fingerpicking”… all in one.
I also likes a lot of different styles and artists and came to realise only later, Eric Clapton guest-starred on my of them. Meanwhile I was thinking; that guitarist in this song, does he know he might be just a big a star as the artist of this song? :smiley: Well, GUESS HE WAS :stuck_out_tongue:
Who is that guy? Oooohhh he plays a guitar names Blackie and it is…a black and white Strat with a maple neck. Too many coincidences pulled me into the blues but I didn’t know a single chord. I learned intro’s of Metallica songs until I found Justin when trying “Johnny Be Goode”. The rest is history.

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For me it was, and still is, Def Leppard first and foremost. But also Guns n Roses and Metallica. For electric guitar, that is. For acoustic, it was Simon and Garfunkel.

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