What were the popular bands when you first picked up the guitar?

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  1. Guitardvark

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    when I 1st picked up a guitar at 5-6 years old, the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show. I remember getting my moms wig out too bec I needed more hair :)



    television to a 6 year old then was a pretty traumatic experience that lasted a lifetime
     
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    As a preteen from 1981 to 1983, between the radio and my friend’s older brother’s records, the biggest standouts remain Moving Pictures, Pyromania, The Number of the Beast, Back in Black/For Those About to Rock, Bark at the Moon, Eliminator and Synchronicity.

    Later on it was still Rush and AC/DC when the Guns n Roses joined them in a big way. Then I went to school, discovered certain intoxicants and many things music changed drastically.
     
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    1964. I was 12. So many artists/bands in so many genres
     
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    I guess the Beatles and then the Dave Clark 5 and other Brit stuff
    My first album though was Mitch Ryder when I had my guitar!
     
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    Shred metal was in so learning to play fast was a thing. But I had older brothers so I listened to a lot of classic rock.
     
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    Hendrix, Zeppelin, Al DiMeola, Dixie Dregs, Atlanta Rhythm Section. Guitar was a wonderous thing to aspire to. It still is for me.
     
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    When I got my first guitar in 1963 the only guitar-based band I cared about was The Ventures. Shortly thereafter, The Beatles, Stones and Byrds gave me additional motivation.
     
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    The Hair Metal was very popular when i picked the guitar, i think it was in 1989 and fortunately it was a dying genre because i couldn't stand it...:lol::lol:
     
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    Bands...The Rolling Stones, Grand Funk Railroad, Steve Miller Band, Chicago, Seals & Croft, CSN&Y, ELO.
    Artists...Ringo Starr, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, John Denver.
    It would have been ~1973...there were many carry overs from years before.
     
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    Yes I agree. But for me it has to be The Beatles and their appearance on Feb. 9th, 1964 on The Ed Sullivan Show. I was hooked, I wanted to play guitar.
     
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    Hi.

    For me, that’s actually two questions.

    In answer to the first, no idea. Probably Queen or something.

    In answer to the second, the Sex Pistols, the Clash & the Jam.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    1974 - Humble Pie, I Don't Need No Doctor
     
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    Well, when I first started, what bands were big versus what I was actually listening to were two different things.

    the bands that were big when I got my first bass guitar (didn’t get my first guitar until 10 years later) were:

    RHCP, Metallica, GnR, Motley Crue (Ugh), ozzy, Pink Floyd, the Cure

    the bands that i was actually listening to:

    Led Zeppelin, the Yardbirds, John Mayall, Cream, The Who, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Motown, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hendrix
     
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    Yep, Rockin the Fillmore...

    Also Foghat, Trapeze and Johnny Winter.
     
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    Early to mid 1990s, so take your pick. Both the US and UK were producing new guitar-oriented bands every week. Probably inspired by Britpop for a while, although more Suede, Mansun, Radiohead, Manics, etc than the rest of it once I got bored of Oasis.
     
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    All those late 60's bands. Not that I was that interested. I just wanted to play Bob Dylan songs and Mississippi John Hurt.
     
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    My answer is very broad- anything that was on the radio (AM R&R) in the mid-1960's thru say 1974 ( AM/FM) explain:

    In the late '60's (I was 9-10), my older brother went to College/Viet Nam, and left me his really cheap, terrible (toy) student-size Classical guitar ( unplayable, untenable!).
    I aped the Beatles, Monkees, Stones etc., pretending to play it- in my head thinking "I could never really play the guitar " but I could NOT stay away from this awful guitar!

    In 1973, I went to a boarding HS, and starting picking up classmates real guitars (acoustic) and that was that!
     
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    Picked up guitar in the mid-80s but hated most of the super popular hair metal/hard rock at the time. My first inspiration was synthesizers but I segued into guitar to play stuff like the Cure, the Smiths, the Police, and some simple punk stuff. Got the simple punk stuff down quick enough, but little did I know that going from 3 power chords to something by Johnny Marr or Andy Summers is like going straight from Driver's Ed. to the Daytona 500! Even some of the punk stuff that I thought was simple was pretty advanced -- like East Bay Ray with the Dead Kennedys. If you're going to learn you may as well try to emulate the best.
     
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    It was 1968, so there were lots of bands about. I was mainly listening to 50s records, much like today really, except back then they (and the guitar) were Dad's.
     
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    I had to Google it and it was worse than I thought. The early 2000s were not great for music if you ask me. I got my first guitar for Christmas in 2002. And though I'd wanted a guitar for awhile it was hearing the guitar part on One Last Breath by Creed that hooked me. I watched that video 100 tomes trying to figure out what the guitar players fingers were doing. So here I am ragging on early 2000s music while also acknowledging that the popular music of the day was my biggest inspiration at the time. I'm fine with that. Shortly after I started really listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and discovered the greatness of John Frusciante.
     
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