How I Discovered Guitar
Although writing about this is typically best suited for people who have made a name for themselves, some of you might get some form of interest and entertainment out of this. Since I can remember, I’ve always had a fascination with music in every degree. Despite my early adolescence struggle with speech, I had a deep respect and profound love for anything music. Not to paint this as a narcissistic picture of reality, but it always was a massive part of my life.
During my early days of school in pre-school and kindergarten, my first love of music started with whatever my brothers listened to. I was certainly oblivious to guitar itself, but I genuinely enjoyed watching various music videos with my brothers. Over the years, my music intake adventures led me to my own love with classic rock.
Early Music Interests
My current listening spectrum of music doesn’t encompass as much classic rock as it once did. Still, I can’t ignore my earlier fascination with the genre. During my pioneer days of life, my favorite artists included Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Neil Young, and any other classic rock artist you can picture. Shortly after, I began to dive full-head into off-genres of rock such as progressive rock, alternative rock, grunge, and countless others.
As you can assume, my love for guitar-driven music inspired me to pick up guitar. Luckily enough, before middle school, my brother started playing guitar around the same time my interest began. With my own want and need for guitar growing, I began to fiddle around with his guitar while he wasn’t home. He soon gave me a cheap guitar of my own, and I haven’t stopped playing since.
High School Jam Sessions
Upon the arrival of high school, I had a group of friends I met with weekly for our weekly jam sessions, or what I referred to as noise sessions. These were some of the fondest memories of my entire life. They built me into whatever kind of musician I consider myself to be today. We covered songs we enjoyed and would have endless sessions of out-of-tune pentatonic riffs.
It’s difficult to imagine my life without guitar in it. Whenever an issue or annoyance decides to pop-up, I can turn whatever I’m feeling into a guitar-driven distraction zone. Since I first picked a guitar up, it immediately changed my life outcome for the better. It led me to create and record original music, tour, and is responsible for my closest friendships that’ll never fade.
At 8-years-old, I played guitar for the first time and haven’t missed a day of playing since. Currently, I’m 22-years-old and have the same devotion and love for it as I once did. The early days of playing consisted of learning various songs, chord shapes, and scales. Today, not much has changed except for my growth in playing the instrument.
My musical horizons and interests have expanded to all genres, instead of the bare minimum of what we know as dad rock. Don’t get me wrong I still have a profound amount of love for dad rock, but I’m not limited to that genre as I once was. However, if it wasn’t for my earlier exploration of dad rock music videos on YouTube, I’m not sure I would’ve ever begun playing guitar.
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