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What Was The First Song You Ever Learned How To Play On Guitar ?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by FenderGyrl, Dec 31, 2020.

  1. Toto'sDad

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    THEN, I learned to sing and play Johnny Cash's I walk the line. Now I was able to elicit new emotions from my audience.

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    Yardbirds, For Your Love : E-G-A-Am
    Beatles, A Day In The Life : G-Bm-Em-C

    On my college friends Guild's Acoustic (beautiful, but painful to learn on)
    Villanova University, Spring 1984
     
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    Welcome Home (Sanitarium) by Metallica. I downloaded a video of Kirk Hammett playing it and learned the open string intro. That was about 13 years ago.
     
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    Zombie Jamboree or a slow rock 1-4-5 instrumental that had 1/2 step slide ups to the chord.
     
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    G-L-O-R-I-A! Sing it! GLORIA!!!
     
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    Hard to remember back that far, but I'm pretty sure it was either the Henry Mancini theme to the Peter Gunn TV show, or the James Bond movie theme.
     
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    I think it was “Sunshine of your love“.
     
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    Sunday Morning by the Velvet Underground. Pretty easy song to learn.
     
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    Hmmm...Probably "Walk Don't Run" by the Ventures, just picking, I wasn't able to really play chords at that point. Now the first song that I could play chords and sing to, was "Can't Buy Me Love" by the Beatles. I had this really bad $65 Cheap Flat Blue Electric, kinda like a Les Paul Jr, the action was horrible (I didn't even know what action was), neck was like a Baseball Bat. My fingers were raw, trying to master a "F" Chord. It was winter time and in order to not disturb my parents, I was out in the breezeway that connected the house to the garage, no heat. I could only do maybe 10 minutes before I had to come back in to warm up. I don't know how long I worked on the song, probably weeks. It was like torture, but worth every minute of it. It brought me so much joy to be able to make music.
     
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    Hank Williams “Honky Tonking”... one chord
     
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    I was taking lessons from an elderly lady that my mom arranged. As you might expect, she was pretty old school and would only teach me very old standards. Well, I wrote an instrumental that I thought was pretty original until I heard Ray Charles sing "What'd I Say?" My song had the same hook that the Ray Charles tune had. So, my song wasn't all that original. I was only 11 years old so I didn't know there was another song that sounded exactly like the instrumental I wrote. Anyway, I played it for my teacher and she wasn't impressed. Like most adults of the era (circa 1961) she hated rock and roll music. Well, I knew at that point I wasn't going to continue with my lessons. Ironically, I found a guy about 6 or 7 years older than me just two blocks south of where I lived. He was a fairly advanced rock and country player and he showed me lots of things to get me started. He was playing in a band and he asked me to sit in for another band member that was ill. That's all it took. It wasn't long before I had my own band. The rest is history...60 years of playing in bands full time, mostly part time. Playing in a bluegrass band now. Love it!
     
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    When I was nine years old, my older brother taught me Tin Roof Blues. Not long after that, he stopped, playing guitar. I've been playing ever since.
     
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    First licks I ever learned were from Fantasy by Aldo Nova.
     
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    When I Come Around by Green Day, I think. It could've been Welcome to Paradise or Brain Stew, but it was definitely a Green Day song.
     
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    First tune I learned to play well on guitar was Paddy Wack in the old Mel Bay Guitar Method 1 book. Around '67.

    First song w/lyrics was probably My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue). Played it just like Neil but didn't try to sing like him. Just used my voice.

    Today I play it a bit different every time I play it. Definitely the song I've played the most over the years.
     
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    Yep.
     
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