My First Guitar
I started playing an old classical guitar my brother bought but never played it until the 9th grade. My main inspiration were the typical teenager bands that later on led me to heavy metal, mostly Metallica and the other mainstream metal heavyweights.
That followed with me putting some heavy acoustic strings on my classical guitar with an action way higher than my knowledge of guitar – downloaded guitar pro and thought,” what is the easiest song on guitar?.. ” The conditions had to be 2 It needed to use open strings and to be short, very short.
I rebelled against the trend of learning the “nothing else matters” intro on guitar first culture and opted for “zombie” by the cranberries – needless to say, I had no idea what I was doing.
Some months into that, I decided to take real lessons – so after a whole lotta 3 guitar classes and learning a bit of theory and one classical piece, the teacher bailed out on me. He never showed up after the third lesson and I never retook formal guitar lessons in my life!
I continued down the self-taught path with heroes like Lick-Library and online guitar teachers that layered in my day-by-day knowledge. My guitar heroes changed from Metal guitar to Fingerstyle Acoustic guitar to funkier ones like Nuno Bettencourt and Later to Slow Hand Gods like David Gilmour and the session ace Tom Bukovac.
And in Nuno’s words:
” The way that I formed my unique style was leaning things the wrong way and creating my own way of doing them”
I am sharing with you the only song I learned as a 15-year-old kid on his three-day guitar course – still my best-performing YouTube video, though.