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marathon2615
06-03-2008, 11:27 PM
Which band or artist made you want to learn guitar? the one that started it all and you still love to listen to! mine is guns n roses. slash rocks!! lol so whos yours?

AA00P
06-03-2008, 11:32 PM
Rob Arnold of Chimaira inspired me.

andy331
06-03-2008, 11:32 PM
its been done searchbar it

sacamano79
06-03-2008, 11:33 PM
Stratovarius

TomGates
06-03-2008, 11:35 PM
after watching Metallica's one video 5 years ago. i wanted to play a guitar

Infamou$17
06-03-2008, 11:36 PM
Jimi Hendrix made me want to pick it up and, oddly enough, less-talented guitarists(Isaac Brock, Jack Johnson, etc.) made me go acoustic.

i_don't_know
06-03-2008, 11:38 PM
It's actually a little weird for me. It sort of all hit me at once. Two kids at my lunch table are in a band, and music is the main thing they talk about every single day. Then one of my friends got me into Muse, I listened to them for a while, then all of a sudden I remembered my dad had an acoustic laying around somewhere, and it was just like BOOM! REVELATION!. So I got it out, put on some new strings, tuned it, and it all began there.

So basically Muse is the simple answer, but also sort of indirectly the kids at my table.

Freaky_Styley
06-04-2008, 01:01 AM
The Chili Peppers, hence the screen name too

FireandFlames
06-04-2008, 01:57 AM
Tom Delonge

bejaysus
06-04-2008, 02:03 PM
The Libertines, only got into them just before they reunited, if it wasnt for them i wouldnt have played a gig last night, nor would my guitar be on my lap now..

JDBlack2007
06-04-2008, 04:12 PM
Metallica and avenged sevenfold

DinkyDude
06-04-2008, 04:14 PM
This thread is done almost every other day!

Still, Angus Young. Actually Back in Black and Hells Bells

BFMV fan
06-04-2008, 07:34 PM
Synyster Gates! from avenged sevenfold, the first time i heard the cool riffs and solos he played, i decided to pick up a guitar

k7apex
06-04-2008, 08:43 PM
Munky and Korn in general

BladeSlinger
06-04-2008, 08:46 PM
AC/DC but I wasn't very motivated at first.....Then I heard Blackened by Metallica and something just clicked in my head and I had to play my guitar right then and that was about 2 or 3 years ago...

IHeartMyCrybaby
06-04-2008, 09:53 PM
Metallica & Slash

RedDeath9
06-04-2008, 10:23 PM
Thrice.

Surfside
06-05-2008, 12:36 AM
skynyrd

jfvela
06-05-2008, 02:41 PM
I'd have to say that I was amazed by Jimmy Page and his amazing rock/blues sound and solos. Jimi Hendrix drove me crazy with his wahs, pull offs and hammer ons and Joe Satriani's melodies and kick ass riffs. Those three got me all hooked on the guitar.

I started with drums though, after listening to Danny Carey from Tool and Neil Peart from Rush.

And Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers is making me play the bass, but no money for bass guitar yet.

Underjoggle
06-05-2008, 03:27 PM
Deep Purple.
I played "Smoke On The Water" in Guitar Hero and thought, "Wow, this solo kicks ass." So then I went to Sam Ash and got me a git-box.

bassboy 999
06-07-2008, 05:17 AM
Incubus
I didn't love rock music until I heard them.

ChicNStu0017
06-09-2008, 04:58 PM
Daron Malakian of System of a Down. No fancy solos or anything, but after listening to their songs and hearing his riffs so many times I just decided "I want to do that".

jm11791
06-09-2008, 09:44 PM
Santana

neidnarb11890
06-09-2008, 09:58 PM
I'd always wanted to play guitar since I was little. But it was Nirvana and Green Day who really made me get serious about playing, and trying to form a band.
I know, cliche, right?

Slaytanic1993
06-09-2008, 10:03 PM
Watching Metallica live made me want to sing/play

andychalmers102
06-10-2008, 06:02 AM
I was inspired just by hearing a guy in my local music store shredding like crazy.

IbanezACA
06-10-2008, 11:25 AM
Megadeth - after hearing tornado of souls for the first time, phoaaaar!

daytripper75
06-11-2008, 10:56 AM
honestly, The Offspring, Green Day, Blink-182.

TheSound
06-11-2008, 11:11 AM
Blink 182. All about the MTV, mangggg.

Musefan161
06-11-2008, 10:30 PM
Audioslave and Radiohead

Kirgan
06-12-2008, 10:25 AM
Blink 182

TedE
06-12-2008, 12:44 PM
sonic youth and television

Icarus Lives
06-12-2008, 12:52 PM
Guns N' Roses!

Munchlaxatives
06-12-2008, 01:22 PM
I've wanted to play guitar since before I can remember. Then I heard "Fade To Black" when I was 14 and that started my transformation from another hip hopper to a guitarist. No more than a week after I started working, I bought my first guitar and soon after I bought an amp and the very third thing I learned was the intro to One.

3rdActguitarist
06-12-2008, 01:24 PM
Originally Switchfoot, but more recently, Slayer, BFMV, my friends band Adopt The Plague (I want to be better than them)

tennisace
06-13-2008, 02:42 PM
originally, i was like, hey i want to play guitar. so i tried it a bit, then found Eric Clapton, and he influenced me to keep going and try a lot harder. so im still playing now because of Eric Clapton

rosemetal17
06-13-2008, 04:02 PM
Kurt Cobain, loooooong time ago, took me 2 years to convince my mom to get me elec guitar...lol

break-me-in
06-13-2008, 05:44 PM
No one band did it. I just listened to music and I thought: Being able to make those sounds would be kinda cool.

Gregfield
06-14-2008, 09:36 AM
For me it was Metallica. When I saw James Hetfield and his Explorer on concert, then I thought "damn, I wanna be like him!" :D

Helloween4Ever
06-14-2008, 01:47 PM
Nikki Sixx in dont go away mad made me want to get a bass

RobertiusB
06-15-2008, 07:00 AM
Tom Morello - Rage riffs not the Audioslave ****

break-me-in
06-15-2008, 07:53 AM
Tom Morello - Rage riffs not the Audioslave ****

You don't think Cochise is a memorable riff?
You don't think Shadow on the Sun has great guitarwork?

Randompzycho
06-15-2008, 07:12 PM
Nirvana

Mr.Smith
06-15-2008, 10:15 PM
For me it was Nirvana, I remember their greatest hits album being one of the first cds I ever bought. I listened to it over and over until I pressured by parents into paying for guitar and lessons. Haven't looked back since!

RobertiusB
06-18-2008, 02:20 AM
You don't think Cochise is a memorable riff?
You don't think Shadow on the Sun has great guitarwork?

Yea what I meant is that those sweet guitar riffs from the early Rage was what made me want to - I'm still an Audioslave fan, the **** I'm talking about is the stuff on Revelations, the first two CDs were good times.

aerosmith513
06-18-2008, 08:12 AM
Slash... he opened up to tons of other people who have also influenced me but slash is defidently number one.

Podey
06-18-2008, 08:10 PM
The artist that made me really want to pick up a guitar and start fleshing out music was John Wozniak of Marcy Playground. In my opinion, Marcy Playground was one of the most under rated bands to stem from the 90's music scene. Everyone knows "Sex and Candy" but they came up with songs so much better than that one.

heavyairship
06-18-2008, 10:49 PM
my dad bought me led zeppelin best of the early days; one day i was listening to the solo in dazed and confused and WHAMMO.

and an honourable mention to justin and dan hawkins who constantly inspire me to keep going and get better.

Mr.Cuddles
06-19-2008, 08:38 AM
The Kinks... the band that got me into music, also got me into the guitar.
Tom Scholz (Boston) got me into keyboard
and drums just looked like fun :)

break-me-in
06-19-2008, 09:25 AM
Yea what I meant is that those sweet guitar riffs from the early Rage was what made me want to - I'm still an Audioslave fan, the **** I'm talking about is the stuff on Revelations, the first two CDs were good times.

Fair enough.

david_john
06-19-2008, 12:00 PM
john mayer, chili peppers

qwertyguitar
06-19-2008, 12:28 PM
ac/dc definitely.

jedichewy
06-19-2008, 04:58 PM
dayum.... too many metalheads... haha

umm....

the strokes.

kryptonite22
06-19-2008, 05:31 PM
the offspring

caseykrajenka
06-19-2008, 06:29 PM
Synyster Gates inspired me. His solo work is incredible. The first time I heard his solo for Afterlife I couldn't resist it. Then the riff he lays down in Dear God just blew my mind. He's been my inspiration ever since.

CardinalPsycho
06-19-2008, 06:41 PM
I'd had an acoustic since I was nine, but I never really paid as much attention to it as I should have done.
It was back in year 7 or 8 and I was listening to Backstreet boys and Britney Spears on a daily basis....that was when Slipknot, Linkin Park and System Of A Down gate-crashed my opinion on music, haha. Then I payed attention to my little acoustic!! Hell yeah!

gods_one
06-20-2008, 12:56 PM
the bands that really got me to pick up a guitar is Flylef, All Time Low, and Relient K. All three of these bands have been my favorite since i have discovered them. NO ONE CAN TAKE THERE PLACE. :fight:

Guns N' r0ses
06-20-2008, 01:08 PM
I'd Say metallica, when I first heard the intro to Enter Sandman but the band that kept me going and wanting to get better was Guns N' Roses & Slash

Evil_Magician
06-20-2008, 02:27 PM
Jack Black in the movie "School Of Rock"

mcr-fan-405
06-20-2008, 02:32 PM
slash

metal_licka
06-21-2008, 12:06 AM
Metallica - Fade to Black. The Acoustic intro hit me like a tonne of bricks, as soon as I heard it I knew I had to be able to play it.

AcousticBum
06-21-2008, 01:34 AM
well i wanted one anyways, was about to get an electric when i saw frusciante play under the bridge on acoustic in that vpro thing.. and i needed to be able to play it..

greenday2003
06-21-2008, 08:22 PM
greenday, i wanted to be a punk rocker

guiatarist59
06-21-2008, 08:51 PM
watching all those guitarists just do hammer-ons and pull-offs like 20 times in a row without strumming in solos made me wanna get that good that i can at least sumwat do that

i gess

:cool:

EDIT: ive only been playing about 5 months so obviously i cant do that yet but it would be cool if i could

~Vincent~
06-21-2008, 09:57 PM
Guns N' Roses especially Slash. :D

donwuzhere69
06-21-2008, 10:30 PM
the intro to violent pornography by system of a down.
after that i just had to learn the rest of their songs. but slash made me reallllllly want to get better

walidb123
06-22-2008, 09:24 AM
The White Stripes.

The song 'Fell In Love With a Girl' made me exclaim countless profanities at squirrels.

guitarheroII
06-22-2008, 09:28 AM
Mine was the first time i heard "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin. And then i heard The White Stripes, and then i picked up a guitar.

WARLOCK123
06-22-2008, 09:29 AM
a7x, mcr and green day

JusticeShades
06-22-2008, 11:39 AM
My first favourite band was the Beatles, but the first band to inspire me to pick up the guitar was the Who. Pete Townshend might not be the most technically skilled guitarist, but he has so much undeniable energy and passion.

A7X4life123
06-24-2008, 11:22 AM
Mostly Avenged Sevenfold, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I know its a weird combination but i found that they both had a good sound when i listened to them and decided I wanted to try what they had been doing. So ya..A7X, and RHCP.

Check out my band---http://artists.ultimate-guitar.com/earth_to_you/
we just started up and have a sound kinda similar to Foo Fighters and Nirvana :]

gainaddict
06-24-2008, 11:22 AM
bowling for soup :D

megaderrick
06-24-2008, 12:41 PM
Toadies, Incubus, and Metallica, all in the late 90s.

herrotim
06-25-2008, 05:07 PM
Evh
hes a finger tapping genious

strat7993
06-25-2008, 07:53 PM
ac/dc and guns n roses

slickerthnsleek
06-25-2008, 07:56 PM
As weird as it sounds, Green Day. They made me first want to start playing and I went from there... now I barely play their stuff at all.

autobot7777777
06-25-2008, 09:14 PM
dave mustaine

Hail~From~Afar
06-25-2008, 10:05 PM
I wasn't inspired really by a particular band, and I may be shunned for saying this on a site about guitar playing, but Guitar Hero III inspired me to play real guitar, and consult it when I'm trying to learn a song :D

Dchild042
06-25-2008, 10:59 PM
Cant Stop and Under the Bridge made me want to play when i was like 10 but i never got a guitar. 4 years after that my friends showed me a video of Jeff Beck playing Cause Weve Ended As Lovers. 2 weeks later i bought a sucky epiphone off this one guy but now i have a strat

[H]ate[B]reeder
06-25-2008, 11:06 PM
There was actually Quite a few.They where kinda building me up to play i guess.

first was Avenged Sevenfold-Unholy confessions.That was an epic journey to learn that, ecspecially when you've just picked up a guitar. After a couple more songs i stopped playing for a bit.Then I started listening to Lamb of God.Redneck and laid to rest were awesome so that inspired me to pick up a guitar again..(Thanks Gates and Mark.)

epicfail
06-26-2008, 08:30 PM
no band actually made put the idea of it into my head. i wanted to for really really long time but pink floyds wish you were here just made instantly do it

Blitz93
06-27-2008, 06:02 PM
Which band or artist made you want to learn guitar? the one that started it all and you still love to listen to! mine is guns n roses. slash rocks!! lol so whos yours?

Amen to that brother

dabonehead182
06-27-2008, 10:39 PM
the one artist that made me want to pick up a guitar was kurt cobain. This was during the beginning of seventh grade when i was really into blink-182 and sum 41. I heard nirvana through channel surfing. They were playing some segment because nirvana's smells like teen spirit came on and the opening chords got me hooked. From there i started listening to them and i got a guitar. Nirvana unplugged is what really hooked me acoustically.

But...
The one band that really motivated me musically was avenged sevenfold. I heard them back freshman year when Waking the Fallen just came out. I heard unholy confessions and thought wow, here is something i've never heard before. From there i was an a7x fan and but it wasn't til i saw them at chain reaction that i realized i wanted be in a band and i wanted to be a singer and lyricist.

syn.serna
06-28-2008, 03:12 AM
well avenged sevenfold made me pick up mine. synyster gates licks an riffs an solos are amazing! :cheers:

Dagalur
06-28-2008, 03:15 AM
King Crimson. Robert Fripp is a God.

ripple07
06-28-2008, 03:19 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCQBbgb_Lvo

watching this video two years ago

HiddenMoniker
06-28-2008, 12:19 PM
Hendrix.

Doppelgänger
06-28-2008, 04:35 PM
Led Zeppelin.

Dog--
06-28-2008, 10:42 PM
I heard the version of Walk this Way with Run DMC, and I was like D:

So I saved up and bought a guitar, learned the riff from that song, and put it down for 3 months, then took lessons for 3 years, then put it away for a year, then picked it back up. It's staying now, now that I understand music better.

Slaytanic1993
06-29-2008, 12:16 AM
King Crimson. Robert Fripp is a God.

Quoted For the Fucking Truth.

Oh Shize
06-29-2008, 06:39 AM
I started playing guitar cause it sounded cool, stopped for a year, heard Newborn by Muse, loved the opening riff and decided to start again.

Yar, so Matt Bellamy. Not my favorite guitarist though.

solstice93
06-29-2008, 07:52 PM
For me it's definitly Lynard Skynard - Free Bird and Van Halen - Eruption. After listening to those two songs I had made up my mind. Also, Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb inspired me to continue playing at those difficult moments

RockGuitar92
07-01-2008, 03:18 AM
Honestly, it was Green Day...I used to be a BIG fan and I bought Bullet In A Bible which was their concert DVD/CD and I started to kinda want to play just because it sounded good and the crowd loved it. My dad said to me shortly after this "Instead of just listening to this, why don't you just learn to play something?" and that is when it hit me to learn guitar. I bought one(Epiphone Les Paul Special II) and my dad had a Fender amp that he never used and I started to play. At first I sucked....bad, but then I started to progress fast. I played a LOT of Green Day and then one day I started listening to Nirvana and that inspired me to play slightly harder stuff. Then onto Black Sabbath and AC/DC/.

That was about a year ago or more. Since then I have learned much more and I am starting to learn some Zeppelin and some Hendrix and all the other good stuff. I have been learning some theory and playing a bit of classical guitar too.

In short Billie Joe Armstrong got me to play guitar. I know most don't like Green Day, but their older stuff is great.

devildriver658
07-01-2008, 09:08 PM
System of a Down, I thought the intro to Hypnotize and Toxicity were the most badass riffs back in the day

fsae0607
07-01-2008, 09:52 PM
Johnny Cash's lead guitarist Luther Perkins, Sun Records Era Elvis Presley's Lead Guitarist Scotty Moore and old & new Rockabilly music. The beat and the riffs are awesome. Nothing like having a beer or Jack Daniels whiskey on the rocks while jamming along to a rockabilly song. :cool:

brandonroy
07-01-2008, 11:11 PM
Stevie Ray Vaughan.

jgreven
07-02-2008, 05:33 AM
For me it was hit me with your best shot by Pat Benartar. I really don't know why it was that song but it was so catchy and great to listen to that I just had to pick up a guitar and play it. Even the school band is playin it at our school, all because of me, I got into the band by playin that song actually. :devil:

eddwiser
07-02-2008, 01:29 PM
Radiohead, Jhonny Greenwood Rocks...
Also Noel Gallagher, Jack Johnson, And Silverchair..

julz_coolz
07-04-2008, 10:30 PM
For me there were alot songs just to listen to the beat it sound awesome. plus i also always wanted to play the guitar from a young age because i thought they were cool :P

slipknot_fan108
07-04-2008, 11:59 PM
I think the first time was when my brother gave me a slipknots original album to listen to. ever since then ive studied many bands and have had many inspirations along the road.

remember a true artist's motto should be that Muzic=Life

Aurigo
07-05-2008, 12:04 PM
Band - Member

Hawthorne Heights: Micah Carli
Rufio: Scott Sellers

:D
They made me pick up a guitar, ;o

shaunbethell
07-07-2008, 08:02 AM
fall out boy started me off and then when i started listening to GNR they inspired me :D

Bertallica
07-07-2008, 09:18 AM
Ok the 1st time I started playing the guitar was I was 9yrs old and Metallica's One video was big. Then I stopped playing I was in college and Korn inspired me to start up again. Then Ron Jarzombek inspired me to start my own cover band.

L.A.Guns
07-07-2008, 02:55 PM
Metallica started it all and then Guns N' Roses made me practice even more

Shredx
07-07-2008, 04:19 PM
My uncle :cheers:

RIP

raess
07-09-2008, 10:37 PM
Keith Urban inspired me to learn guitar. But it was Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance that got me thinking about forming a band.

rickitan89
07-10-2008, 12:20 PM
Ummmm...Metallica and guitar hero :D

Fives
07-10-2008, 06:42 PM
Buckethead.

jre71295
07-11-2008, 01:46 AM
ac/dc simple

amusedbymuse
07-11-2008, 04:40 AM
My Parents Breakup and boredom, then i started listening to muse, lol
Matt Bellamy Is A God.

anarchy007
07-11-2008, 12:33 PM
actualy when i was a little kid a saw the power rangers movie and i remember hearing the theam song and wanting to play guitar so bad :) . so my dad started teaching me but before i oculd really learn my parents got divorced :( . just last year i started guitar lessons after i was inspired again by bucketheads "enter the chicken" album(my favorite track was "3 fingers") then i found out buckethead did the original power rangers theam. so overal its bucket head.

shaunsuffocate.
07-12-2008, 02:59 PM
Tyson Ritter; I heard his story how he learned.
The story was somewhere along the lines of, Nick Wheeler had a band (like in High school), and He asked Tyson to join and play Bass. Tyson said Yes, But he had no idea how to play it. So he spent a whole enitre summer I beleive and learned it.

Ever since then, I wanted to play a guitar.

area5x1
07-12-2008, 03:20 PM
Yngwie and Dream Theater

SG Angus
07-12-2008, 03:55 PM
My brother, my friend, Dan Hawkins, Slash and Neal Schon

Paschen
07-12-2008, 06:47 PM
Foo Fighters I wanted to play monkey wrench

Ashsimmonds
07-12-2008, 07:02 PM
The Who.

I wanted to play drums after hearing Keith Moon play, but my mum and dad thought it'd be too loud. So they got my a guitar instead with some headphones. Which i soon accidentally broke, so the idea that the guitar was quite went out the window.

I don't know what the **** i would be doing with out my guitar. Probably Studying for a good job or something. Yet i can't think of anything better. The Who changed my life.

JamesThain
07-12-2008, 08:27 PM
foo fighters did it for me :)

Davus
07-13-2008, 11:37 PM
Listening to "Spud's Mackenzies party hits" when i was 5 made me like rock, and then I started asking for a guitar after listening to a soundtrack that had Hoobastank and Story of the Year.

fretboardsmokin
07-14-2008, 12:22 AM
Metallica

byakuya08
07-14-2008, 12:30 AM
AFI got me with Love Like Winter

ChAoS2796
07-14-2008, 07:02 PM
slash and my cuzin

CLIFF_BURTON
07-14-2008, 07:29 PM
Would it be funny if i say Jason Newstead? Cause when I was younger all I had was the Black Album in cassette form, and I LOVED the intro to "The God That Failed" Then by the time I got earlier albums, i learned that these albums had a different bass player, and I grew more fond of this dude.

sobeit
07-14-2008, 07:55 PM
listening to black sabbath, hendrix, and van halen :D

c_man471
07-14-2008, 07:57 PM
For me it wasn't really a band/artist. It was my cousin, who was nice enough to let me wank on his strat while I hung with him, and I decided to get my own after he taught me a few chords.

diamondstars*
07-15-2008, 12:09 PM
dont laugh at me...but...

Joe trohman from Fall Out Boy inspired me to learn the guitar cos he always looks like he has fun when he plays...and i like that!!

oh and Ray Toro from MCR, i think he is amazing and Synyster gates is just awesome

Shawn.M
07-15-2008, 10:30 PM
John Frusciante (RHCP), Buckethead, and Satriani. For sure.

kranoscorp
07-15-2008, 11:20 PM
Chris Wolstenholme of MUSE, Hysteria is ever so fun.

Homerun Hero
07-16-2008, 04:52 PM
Coheed and Cambria got me started to play

asilivestanding
07-16-2008, 09:16 PM
slash

leeofalbion
07-17-2008, 05:30 PM
Listening to Joy Division back when i was bout 5 or 6 is the reason i fell in love with 'proper' music, and wanted to start playing.
Beirut makes me want to play the Uke and Accordion.
Chan Cat Power makes me want to play the pink oboe

TMF128
07-17-2008, 09:25 PM
Believe it or not, the Gorillaz.

I liked 5/4 and I wanted to hear it on a guitar being played by me.

shyftee
07-18-2008, 08:20 PM
Dave Grohl did a little bit when I first picked it up. I figured if he could play that well while he was singing I could do it too. TUrns out I can't do both but I can play half decent now.
Another is Shaun Morgan from Seether. Those guys have a lot of memorable riffs.

TasianSensation
07-19-2008, 05:34 AM
not gonna lie.... i saw green day live and then decided i had to play. also, blink-182. i'm a pop punker at the core and proud of it!

more recently, john frusciante and weezer, as well as the matches, inspire me

Helter Skelter
07-19-2008, 11:55 AM
RUSH, Alex Lifeson made me wanna play guitar.

x-r-l-w-g-x
07-19-2008, 05:20 PM
Bruce Springsteen
The Who
Mcfly

Karol1701
07-19-2008, 07:20 PM
I was young and stupid and that's why I give a chance to guitar thanks to Linkin Park... :( I love playing guitar but the matter why I play just makes me angry :(

im not mental
07-19-2008, 08:07 PM
i started cuz i was bored one summer.

but my inspirations around that time were dan donegan (disturbed), jade puget (afi), and metallica

SOADriff
07-19-2008, 10:01 PM
System of a downs daron malakian. legend.

Darc Discordia
07-20-2008, 04:54 PM
Several guitarists made me want to start learning. The most influential, however, was Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave. I really liked his style and how nothing he did sounded like anything that anyone else was doing with a guitar.

aaron0000123
07-22-2008, 06:42 PM
hm....
guitar hero 2 was the real thing that got me started because all of the awesome crap that every had already been able to do
stairway to heaven made me almost cry because i thought id never be able to play that beautiful

overall.... im guessing its the game that got my started
oh and hearts "crazy on you" acoustic solo intro was awesome that was a big part too

guitarrra
07-22-2008, 09:18 PM
People critisize this band all the time, but it was really when I started listening to Dragonforce, and I heard Herman Li soloing. At the time, I didn't know much about guitar and I was like absolutely blown away, especially by his solo on "Soldiers of the Wasteland" I never thought I'd be able to play that well, but I figured if I could even come close to his ridiculous speed, it'd be enough for me. Every time I got bored of guitar, or wanted to quit, I just listened to Dragonforce and remembered why I wanted to play in the first place.

dukeymeister7
07-24-2008, 04:40 PM
Hawk Nelson

lostprophet20
07-24-2008, 07:58 PM
Lostprophets/Lee Gaze. Watching them/him live really inspired me.

moogprodigy
07-24-2008, 10:04 PM
Well, back in the day, it was definitely Alex Lifeson. These days, it is more Steve Howe.

lordneezi
07-25-2008, 05:16 AM
synyster gates

gavz_verdikt
07-25-2008, 02:32 PM
Lol.... i may sound weird but Daron Malaikan (SOAD)

gamef1
07-25-2008, 04:41 PM
Well the bands that inspired me were Goo Goo Dolls, Dashboard Confessional, and Extreme with "More than words." Those were the 3 that did it for me... I then watched a friend play guitar and he said he taught himself so I was like well he taught himself so then I'll teach myself...

metalheadmogar
07-28-2008, 01:17 AM
metallica

lul
07-28-2008, 02:25 AM
guns n' roses

coreoption
07-28-2008, 12:37 PM
Rush

wolfy808
07-30-2008, 12:13 AM
I listened to Sweet Child of Mine on my dad's CD of Appetite, and the intro got me hooked.

metallicaPOOS
07-30-2008, 12:44 AM
kiss :(

youeyehat
07-30-2008, 06:46 PM
The first time I heard 'Bulls on Parade'.

redsoxrule2004
07-30-2008, 08:49 PM
No band guitar hero 2 did

Phill-Rock
07-31-2008, 09:50 AM
I was first inspired to play guitar by a mix of 80's and 90's cartoon theme songs, tv ads, and tennis racket manufacturers.


The first band I started playing would have been years after the idea was planted in my head.

mr.frump
07-31-2008, 11:56 AM
Ladies and gentleman... Tenacious D
Well actually just Jack Black at first and one of his movies, School Of Rock. That movie pretty much turned my whole life to guitars and rock, I know it sounds stupid but it's true. A day later when I found about The D a realized I can rock out even with an acoustic .. and it was a rollercoaster since then :D

Grunge_Sucks
07-31-2008, 11:04 PM
Nirvana. In fact, that is all I can play at the moment (I still suck and Nirvana is fairly easy)

Aric666
08-01-2008, 08:36 AM
Honestly, no band. It was basically picking up a guitar that made me continue wanting to pick up a guitar.

Left_Hander
08-02-2008, 07:12 PM
I was playing guitar before I did but RHCP have made me want to keep learning new songs on guitar.

ed_423
08-02-2008, 08:44 PM
the VERY first thing was....youtube. Jerry C's cannon in D just AMAZED me. thats what inspired me the most. then there comes avenged sevenfold (city of evil..not the new cd. ew. :p) when i first watched seize the day video, the solo blew me away and the feel of the song was jsut so amazing. :liplick:

LordVlad
08-03-2008, 01:46 AM
Three days grace

WARNINGnimrod12
08-03-2008, 09:43 PM
GREEN DAY!!!


Actually wait, nevermind, I started listening to them after I got my guitar. I have no idea why I bought a guitar hahahaha!!! But I'm freakin happy I did. Best thing I ever did.

Minsk89
08-05-2008, 02:26 AM
Slash's solos on November Rain.

Emo_scene101
08-05-2008, 08:46 PM
Killswitch Engage and Kurt Cobain from nirvana :)

Billy M
08-05-2008, 10:31 PM
Offspring. No matter how long I stop listening to them, I come crawling back to their music. Must be due to those many nights as a kid where I'd fall asleep to their CDs in my walkman. Dexter's vocals, who many find annoying, are just kind of embedded in my neurons now as what music's supposed to sound like. Thus, from them I got into all kinds of punk and an obsession with their music in particular.

roosoh13
08-05-2008, 10:35 PM
this will sound really sad but I remember wanting to learn the guitar when I was ten and I saw the world premiere music video of bat country by a7x with my brother. Not even knowing what hammer-ons were, syn looked like how I wanted to look with a guitar. Now, after 8 months of playing, I can totally play bat country and other songs like that backwards and forwards but I'm glad they got me into guitar

RICHO666
08-06-2008, 02:38 PM
Linkin park ... n Breaking benjamin ... they really rock the hell out of me

free4all913
08-06-2008, 10:06 PM
Ace Frehley's smoking guitar planted the seed, and when I need a little inspiration, Johnny Winter does the trick :D

chipmunksurfer
08-07-2008, 12:14 AM
old school punk bands... the music from tony hawk's pro skater. But whats important to me is that people like Hendrix, Cobain, and yes, Frusciante, kept me playing.

Aicanarden
08-08-2008, 05:00 AM
Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana got me into playing the guitar. I still like listening to them...

20Tigers
08-08-2008, 08:44 AM
Dire Straights - Money For Nothing

theOL
08-08-2008, 03:34 PM
Emery inspired me to play the guitar

Cameronrobson
08-08-2008, 04:57 PM
Not a band really, but I saw that show where Gene Simmons went into some private school and made a bunch of kids start a band and I was like " I can do that better ".

Wyatt Bos
08-08-2008, 06:15 PM
When i started to listen to metallica i got the urge to pick it up. Then when i bought a killswitch cd. I went out and bought my first guitar

Phill-Rock
08-08-2008, 11:15 PM
Not a band really, but I saw that show where Gene Simmons went into some private school and made a bunch of kids start a band and I was like " I can do that better ".
Rock School?

I don't think it was private. In the first version anyway.

But yeah, they weren't very good.

psychokoala
08-08-2008, 11:58 PM
in flames older songs that had that 'singing' guitar going on in most of their songs. at that time i didn't even like metal but i liked how in flames was melodic and i liked their music cuz of the guitar and not really for the vocals.

although nowadays metal is mostly what i listen to because of the energy it brings and music/technicality that i appreciate from being a musician.

although i've learned most people that aren't musicians are like minded to how i was before i knew how to play guitar, although most still love that 'energy' regardless if musician or not

radio_rebellion
08-10-2008, 12:20 AM
Jet. After seeing them play rip it up and are you gonna be my girl live, I had to learn to play those songs too.

in2thesun88
08-11-2008, 11:06 PM
Me and my dad were watching MTV2 one night (back when they played a lot of music videos) when the video for One by Metallica came on. I turned to my dad and said "wow he's good" during Hammet's solo (I was 13 at the time). My mom walked into the room, he turned to her and said "Your son wants to play guitar like that." (even though I didn't say that I wanted to, cause I wasnt even thinking of playing guitar at the time). Next thing I know it is Christmas and I have a guitar and haven't looked back.

Ponyexpress
08-13-2008, 10:29 PM
nirvana really had alot to do with me strating guitar i actualy used to play classical guitar but quit cause i didnt really like any music at the time now nirvana and led zeppelin pik floyd and bands like them keep me playing

FifthHorsemen
08-14-2008, 01:00 PM
Randy Rhoads, Tony Iommi, James Hetfield/Kirk Hammett, Brian May, Zakk Wylde, Izzy/Slash, Jerry Cantrell, just so many to name. But the most probably Hetfield and Iommi.

flip_527
08-14-2008, 07:39 PM
Sum41 or Placebo.

Just like the fun riffs of Sum41

rockerjesus
08-18-2008, 07:45 AM
AC/DC 's Angus Young if i can still rock that hard when im his age = life well spent

Theta
08-18-2008, 09:46 AM
Tool, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd.

hazzmatazz
08-18-2008, 10:04 AM
None. I started playing guitar when I was 7 because it was just something to do. But, I guess I've been isnspired mainly by RHCP and Nirvana.

Hsien-Hsiu Liao
08-19-2008, 10:58 PM
James Hetfield

revizx
08-19-2008, 11:08 PM
Slash in the Sweet Child O' Mine video.

legend_prodigy
08-20-2008, 12:48 AM
Probably Dave Murray or Kirk Hammett.

tbrown8890
08-20-2008, 02:00 AM
My friend got me to play. Ma and a friend basically went over to our friends house one night to learn guitar for the first time. He taught us how to play Smoke On The Water and Iron Man.

Soon after I learned Stairway to Heaven through constant practice. Jimi inspired me alot too.

What got me playing ALOT was The Strokes. My friend listened to them 24/7 and it kinda rubbed off on me. I started by learning Reptilia, which was my first song that I learned in its entirety. First solo too. Then it went from there with me and him learning songs together. The two guitarists helped in us both learning the songs too.

wideheim
08-24-2008, 03:01 PM
Ace Frehley

metallica101390
08-24-2008, 03:48 PM
kirk hammet from metallica made me want to play, but synister gates made me want to dedicate myself to shredding like hell.

BKGMorley
09-13-2008, 02:21 PM
Tool

When i was 13 one of my friends who was 18 gave me Lateralus. After emersing myself in that album i just had to play guitar.

cassio933
09-13-2008, 07:57 PM
Iron Maiden

When I listened to Fear of the dark it dawned on me: I was born to play guitar :D

But I still can't pick up the music's solo....heauhea

Wolfsong
09-13-2008, 10:47 PM
Kansas, specifically Kerry Livgren from Kansas. After hearing "Carry on my Wayward Son" on the radio, I had to learn how to play it. Locked myself in a room and learned the riff on an accoustic, and learned it well before I learned a single chord.

kikinfl2004
09-14-2008, 08:18 PM
velvet revolver and old guns n' roses

Hanzi_G
09-14-2008, 09:38 PM
To be honest, probably Sum 41.

jako123
03-08-2009, 08:09 PM
herman li made me wanna start

beadhangingOne
03-09-2009, 09:37 PM
As cliche as it is, Led Zeppelin, stairway to heaven. lol

Crazylegs11
03-09-2009, 09:41 PM
I really just liked the idea of learning an instument and the guitar seemed the coolest to me.
:no: :peace: :confused:

DP2269D-DOG
03-10-2009, 04:49 PM
DEEP PURPLE-smoke on the water/BOSTON-more than a feeling

Kmstreet64
03-10-2009, 05:00 PM
Because of music, I've always kinda wanted to play guitar, but never really gave it much thought. Then I discovered Dream Theater and the wonders of John Petrucci, and I got a guitar as soon as possible.

fatape
03-11-2009, 09:35 AM
In no particular order(coz i discovered all of them around the same time,1976-79)
Michael Schenker,Eddie Van Halen,Uli Jon Roth,Ritchie Blackmore,Angus Young,Paul Kossof,Gary Moore and Mick Ralphs.Then in the mid to late 80's it was Yngwie Malmsteen,Joe Satriani,Vinnie Moore,Jason Becker,Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai.The latest additional influences are John Petrucci and Joe Bonamassa.
Six of these I've had the pleasure of seeing live.
Two of them I've had the honour of meeting and spending a little time with!!!
Nice list,hey?!?!

Terupon
03-13-2009, 08:05 AM
Dir en grey, though I must say I hate them now except for their old stuff. Their guitars always were and always will be fairly mediocre. There are various bands that keep me interested in learning guitar, however; Dué le quartz, Velze Dieulawahl, Gill'e Cadith, and EllDorado just to name a few. (Yes, they're all disbanded. So what? :P)

maninthebox24
03-13-2009, 05:51 PM
I've liked music for so long that I've had an urge to play guitar for years. I guess what really led to me picking up the instrument was Alice in Chains, though.

museiscool
03-14-2009, 07:33 PM
When i heard Muse and saw a few people play their songs I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH THE GUITAR!!

So in a short answer, Muse

-Wolverine-
03-16-2009, 02:18 AM
The first song I learned was 99 Red Balloons by Goldfinger..... about four years ago.

I still know how to play that song. :P

imdeth
03-16-2009, 02:24 AM
Mostly I wanted to play guitar because of Nirvana and the grunge of the nineties in general.

mickmars1313
03-17-2009, 07:34 PM
my favorite player never gets enough credit and he is MICK MARS of motley crue
but i also was influenced by hendrix,ace frehely and of course slash

CSMiller
03-17-2009, 08:09 PM
my brother got me started because he always played, then i heard bands like Killswitch Engage and Haste the day, All that remains, and i got really serious about it.

So Killswitch Engage, Haste The Day, All That Remains

beepus
03-26-2009, 05:27 PM
When I was really young my older brother was into the glam rock stuff of the 80s Bon Jovi springing to mind, guess that got me into guitar music. In my teens I was into things like Thin Lizzy (Live and Dangerous I loved that album). But what made me go out and buy a guitar was listening to Eric Claptons Cream stuff and Mark Knopfler. From there I have really got into electric blues, SRV, Joe Bonamassa (Im abusing that music now!). Really quite varied tastes but I love my blues and new interpretations of those old blues tracks!

talia.
03-29-2009, 02:11 AM
I don't think it was a band in particular; I think it was rock music in general that made me want to pick up guitar.

shooterman
03-29-2009, 02:15 AM
metallica

and bark at the moon by ozzy osbourne

Race:in/Raceout
03-29-2009, 07:40 AM
Led Zeppelin. also when i saw my friend aaron playing i said 'where can i get one of those'
then i proceeded to buy a guitar. since that day i pretty much dont care about much else.

serb_detritus
04-07-2009, 11:59 AM
the Offspring

idioldude
04-07-2009, 01:20 PM
Synyster Gates

I can listen to his songs forever and never get sick of them

IsmokeDope
04-07-2009, 01:30 PM
Papa Roach, Metallica and Guns N' Roses.
I thought it would be cool to PLAY their songs and not just listen to them all the time.

holycow
04-07-2009, 01:32 PM
Billy Joel made me pick up the piano. damn it was heavy.

crazy8rgood
04-07-2009, 03:15 PM
OK, I'm not going to lie on this one...

Green Day and Guns n Roses.

Still listen to G'n'R, not Green Day as much, maybe once every week or so, I used to be absolutely OBSESSED with them a few years back.

PlectrumKev
04-08-2009, 08:02 AM
Noel Gallagher and Ryan Jarman

knilly
04-09-2009, 10:54 AM
noel gallagher

those early acoustic b sides were fantastic

tommo619
04-09-2009, 02:23 PM
Guns N' Roses and Metallica

MONKEY BALLS
04-09-2009, 07:49 PM
Angus Young from AC/DC and Metallica's Kirk Hammett

Conviktion
04-11-2009, 07:55 PM
Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace inspired me to start playing the guitar :cool:

thefeedingend
04-11-2009, 09:09 PM
coheed and cambria

madh4ttr
04-11-2009, 11:06 PM
Led Zeppelin and Kiss

South Pole Elf
04-12-2009, 04:06 PM
I think at first it was the Strokes that inspired me to play guitar.

dave742
04-12-2009, 04:49 PM
Motorhead. When I played tony hawks and heard 'ace of spades'....i went and bought their newest album at the time (Inferno) and was just blown away. man i used to spend days listening to that on my dads CD player =]

10,000fists
04-13-2009, 04:30 PM
Dan Donegan of disturbed made me pick it up
Buckethead is why i'm still holding on to it.

gerard12
04-13-2009, 04:51 PM
The "november rain" makes me I wanna play like slash!

C-Squared
04-13-2009, 05:03 PM
Johnny Cash! My parents were huge fans when I was a little kid. Later is was Led Zep and Jimi Hendrix.

Friday Night
04-13-2009, 11:51 PM
3 doors down

metalligeek093
04-14-2009, 07:13 PM
METALLICA all the way man...if it wasnt 4 them i wouldnt be doin much of anything..they inspired me to do alot...least of all is pick up a guitar

_Iris_
04-14-2009, 07:31 PM
The Beatles influenced me mostly. :p

dargre
04-15-2009, 07:56 AM
Won't be very original:
Eric Clapton and this piece:
http://www.guitar-tube.com/watch/layla-eric-clapton-mark-knopfler.html
performed with Mark Knopfler together.

Tapping_Ninja
04-15-2009, 09:32 AM
The Awesomeness that is known as Dave Grohl....

Trey Spruance
04-15-2009, 09:34 AM
Kirk Hammet. That guys solos just made me wana do something similar. Still can't :-(

kebzicum
04-16-2009, 01:58 AM
was inspired by jimi hendrix and eric clapton

atm i think im at Nick Jonas's guitar skill level :(

and i wish to play like buckethead someday (probably never happen)

StupidHuman
04-24-2009, 12:36 AM
James Hetfield and Dimebag Darrell

Hanzo Takashi
04-24-2009, 10:29 AM
Mike Dirnt inspired me to switch to bass.

XxDre09xX
04-25-2009, 09:39 PM
Jimi Hendrix's purple haze and Atreyu and Avenged Sevenfold

crazy mix huh?

locomotive1993
04-26-2009, 08:18 AM
Izzy Stradlin' And James Hetfield.

Sawman3
04-26-2009, 10:47 AM
Led Zeppelin

DownInAHole.
04-26-2009, 11:47 AM
Jerry Cantrell and Kurt Cobain initially.

almario1402
04-26-2009, 01:43 PM
The Clash, some of their songs are easy, fun to play, awesome to listen.

ThreePigs
04-26-2009, 02:37 PM
I didn't pick up the guitar because of a single band or artist. I just wanted to learn since it is a great instrument in all music.

gerbil_mastr
04-26-2009, 04:22 PM
Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine and Kurt Cobain

AlskiOverload
04-26-2009, 04:25 PM
Somewhere between Red Hot Chili Peppers/John Frusciante and Led Zeppelin/Jimmy Page. It was somewhere in there lol.

MyS3lF
04-27-2009, 10:00 AM
Trivium's Tread The Floods

Dar32092kr
04-27-2009, 10:19 AM
Necrophagist. Epitaph solo

crazysummer
04-27-2009, 12:26 PM
as far as I remember 'twas Nirvana, but I can be wrong

jstraszewski
05-07-2009, 12:27 PM
pete townshend