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BT Bob

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I first started playing guitar when I saw The Beatles for the first time and fell in love with their music however when I started gigging it didn't take me long to find out that cute girls-and homely wildebeests too unfortunately-gravitated to guys in bands,especially lead singers/guitarists.

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It is funny, and there is an element of truth to the legend/belief/exaggeration that the ladies like guitar pickers. I truly do believe that ladies like the guitar pickers. But, that said, I play guitar because it's part of who I am. It has been a gradual process. Years ago I played because I enjoyed it. Now, I still enjoy it, but I'm also "driven" to play. Playing guitar is a major part of who I am, and that ties to being a husband, father, grandfather. Playing music is like breathing. I've got to do it at whatever level I can play at. [thumbup]

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Women just like guys. Whether it's a guitar picker, cowboy, cop, biker...if you aren't those other guys you may as well be a picker.

 

I've been playing guitar poorly for years but I keep playing. In my case it's certainly not for admiration, money or chicks. I guess I keep playing because of my love of music and appreciation of the guitar. And I do tend to try to improve at things that I have little aptitude for.

 

I'll put them all away for months at a time but eventually something motivates me to get 'em back out. This time it was acquiring my brother-in-law's Gibson Heritage.

 

I like to have them sitting around, handy to grab if I hear a lick or hook or turnaround that I'd like to try to figure out.

 

I just like the feel of a guitar in my hands.

 

I like change strings, clean them and have even made some structural repairs.

 

Still suck though.

 

John

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The main reason for playing guitar at first it was an instrument I didn't have to worry about following any particular rule. It was the one instrument my parents didn't push me to take private lessons like trumpet and piano, though the lessons didn't really bother me.... I had a great trumpet teacher (7 years) god rest his sole.

 

Overall the guitar allowed me to experience things that most kids dream about, and I wished I hadn't put it down when I turned 24, and didn't touch one for 19 years after.

 

It's still the one instrument that brings out the kid in me.

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We've had several guys on the forum have some relatively poor trips around the block with "groupies."

 

My first number of years dating actually had sorta a requirement that a girl I dated hadda be also a guitar picker, preferably a vocalist as well.

 

I remember playing in my first college rock band the epiphany that the girl physically between me and the guitar (while playing on stage <grin>) probably would, but since she didn't know me from beans, she probably would with any other picker - and if she would, she probably had - and if she had and would, she probably would again and again.

 

Never dated groupies.

 

My folks were singers. I did the 5-year-old piano lessons and then 4th grade trumpet lessons and kept up with the trumpet into college until I lost my front teeth. But the trumpet was destined for the closet anyway because the versatility and portability of the guitar meant it was the only way I figured I'd go as "my" instrument.

 

That's darned near 50 years ago.

 

m

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In a sense I think Ziggy is pretty well on target. Playing takes your mind elsewhere which then leaves segments of it aware but unaware it's aware. That's why, I think, kids in music end up "brighter" as well as taking their willingness to practice into unconsciously a decent work ethic.

 

m

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We've had several guys on the forum have some relatively poor trips around the block with "groupies."

 

My first number of years dating actually had sorta a requirement that a girl I dated hadda be also a guitar picker, preferably a vocalist as well.

 

m

 

Milo, I know you're talkin' about me here..... I lusted after all the hot chicks in high school... I had a G/F in my Freshman year, but she dumped me 'cause I wasn’t exciting enough.

 

One of my main problems back then was the fact that I looked like I was 12 years old when I was driving.

 

Now, who know why it happened, but when I started playing in a Rock Band, I was suddenly dating the hottest chicks around! (could be a coincidence...but I doubt it!)

 

My mistake was marryin' a groupie..... bad call......

 

Another thinkg to consider.... back in my young yourth, folk musicians got all the chicks.... Then in my older youth, Rock & C&W musicians got all the chicks.

 

Jazz....not so much!

 

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Rob...

 

Yeah, my third shot at college Dad made me leave my car at home. I knew a lotta girls at the small school 'cuz my little sis was also a student there.

 

But until almost simultaneously I got a part time job, my car back and started playing in a half decent rock band, I was just Becky's brother. Suddenly I was a lot more interesting.

 

Then... <chortle> at a big dance I did Positively Fourth Street "dedicated to all the girls on campus."

 

<chortle> Even my little sis felt a bit insulted.

 

Needless to say if you remember the piece, that explained why I was dating off-campus women.

 

m

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Then... <chortle> at a big dance I did Positively Fourth Street "dedicated to all the girls on campus."

 

<chortle> Even my little sis felt a bit insulted.

 

Needless to say if you remember the piece, that explained why I was dating off-campus women.

 

m

 

YOU got a lot of nerve... (to think I wouldn't remember!)

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I dunno, although it wouldn't surprise me. I was way too busy to care about that sorta thing. Still am, mostly.

 

How 'bout, "she's got everything she needs, she's an artist..." and "Queen Mary, she's my friend."

 

In retrospect I think I wasn't necessarily a good band-type picker through the 70s and even up to now because I'm so ornery I play what I wanna and if people don't like it, they can take a long walk on a short pier - or at least not listen. <grin>

 

Anyway, it's a good excuse to mostly solo when "work" has been in the way so much anyway since I was 20.

 

m

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