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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by bigbluesballs, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. bigbluesballs

    bigbluesballs Strat-Talk Member

    Dec 23, 2015
    Orange County
    Why do YOU play guitar in the first place?
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  2. RaySachs

    RaySachs Strat-O-Master

    Jun 25, 2017
    Philly area
    In the first place, I was 18 years old and just really really wanted to know how to play. In the second place I was 19 though about 24-25 and was in it for both the music and the girls. Then I met my wife and I was just in it for playing around the house and then we had kids and I had a career and I went for 30 years of barely playing at all.

    NOW, I play, mostly on my own, because it's something that gets me totally out of my head, out of the news that makes me crazy, that puts me in a creative space where stuff just flows in the moment. On some days nothing happens but occasionally something like low grade magic happens. Nobody else may hear it, but I hear it and feel it. It's something to do that I always enjoy and will ALWAYS continue to challenge me.

  3. Guitaraxe

    Guitaraxe Strat-O-Master

    Aug 22, 2015
  4. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Beer me up Scotty Strat-Talk Supporter

    Feb 11, 2015
    Terra Incognita
  5. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Lost Planet Airman Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 26, 2010
    Scott La.
    It’s been so long I can’t remember...
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  6. CarbonCanyon

    CarbonCanyon Strat-Talker

    Mar 30, 2018
    Mt. Rainier
    Guitar is the instrument I'm using to try and understand music.

    I want to wrap my head around something so abstract and intangible and on some level speak through it.
  7. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 17, 2017
    In the shop...
    The relaxation, expression, its my escape.
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  8. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    I was, still am, a drummer. Back in the day, most of my mates were guitarists. When I went round their houses, there was a guitar there. They could practice at home, I couldn’t. Just picked it up over the years and then, around ten years ago, got fed up lugging a kit about and joined a guitar club. Sort of went from there
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  9. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
    It makes me happy.
    I am into happy and I don't like sad...
  10. Biddlin

    Biddlin Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 11, 2013
    I was playing clarinet (badly) in the family band when my brother got drafted in 1964 and the guitar became available. Literally picked it up and just started playing. Been polishing up my technique and tone ever since.
  11. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas
  12. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 5, 2013
    because i didnt get many girls playing the sax in marching band.
    guitars a little different.

    edit.....see above post.
  13. newplayeroldguy

    newplayeroldguy in the wind

    May 12, 2015
    north and east
    A lifelong desire that I couldn't indulge while I was raising a family.
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  14. Bowmap

    Bowmap I Nose A Thang or Two Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2017
    Because I need to.
  15. ChatNoir

    ChatNoir Strat-O-Master

    Dec 11, 2010
    Peabody, MA
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    This...I couldn't remember if I loved him more or the guitar. At this point I think Elvis was in the ground but it was the first I discovered him and I absolutely adored both....
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  16. Stratoman10

    Stratoman10 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 24, 2015
    Va. Beach, Va
    Jeff Beck version of Going Down was the final straw
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  17. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too. Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 10, 2014
    Initech, Inc.
    “Let that boy boogie woogie. ‘Cause it’s him. And it’s got to get out!”
  18. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 13, 2014
    There was the chick factor but it quickly became the challenge of playing "well" for my own personal satisfaction. Sure I like compliments but I'm my biggest critic and fan (when it sounds good).
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  19. Tom Cat Strat

    Tom Cat Strat Strat-Talker

    Jun 3, 2018
    New York
    I liked listening to rock and roll music.
    I can play rock and roll music if I learned how to play guitar.
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