I loved the Ventures and could play every one of their tunes when I was about 12. I'd gone through all of the Mel Bay books and other instructional stuff, and my teacher turned me on to the Ventures because he was out of curriculum ideas. That kept me busy and got me rockin as well. RIP Don.
I never owned a Ventures LP, but in growing up they were an ever-present part of the world's soundtrack. Is there a guitarist alive who couldn't whip out a version of Walk Don't Run if requested? Sorry to hear about Don.....R.I.P., sir.
I may have never been interested in guitar, nor played for almost 60 years, had it not been for the Ventures. I could never sing, and still love instrumentals. The Ventures music is permanently etched in my brain and on my fingertips. RIP Don. Thanks for the spark, which has lasted a lifetime.
I was late to the party but I’ll never forget when a garage band put on a show in a neighbor’s driveway. I was probably seven or eight years old at the time and had never heard electric guitars in person. They played Walk Don’t Run and I’d never heard it before either. Wow! It was life-changing.