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    Songs that helped define/identify/advance/shape/etc you as a guitar player

    So everybody feel free to post your own videos--what songs mad an impact on you as a guitar player?
    Not necessarily songs that made you want to play--although they can be included--but more songs that played a significant part in your advancement as a musician or that helped shape who you are as a guitar player...

    I'll start with this one.
    I learned chords--and always enjoyed (& still do) playing the rhythm guitar part in things)--but I still wanted to learn how to solo--primarily a blues style & a rock style.
    I knew the pentatonic scales & other modes--but to me it always sounded like I was just playing notes--nothing clicked for me.
    Then my teacher lent me a book with various transcribed solos--it had this song in it--in standard tuning--and I tried playing it--played the first 4 notes & it was like someone flicked on a light switch--I got it!
    Something made sense & I was off from there.
    I always hear licks I copped unconsciously from Albert King-but this song started it all...


    Feel free to add your own--they won't all be to everybody's taste-but who knows what we might learn from this if we share.
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    Hey Zontar,

    That song is really nice! Classic Blues!

    Here's mine:



    The Moffats.

    90's. This band totally made me play the guitar. It influenced me in every way I play my guitar. I gotta say, that If I didnt listen to them I wouldnt have been playing guitar. But I was already playing drums during this time though.

    This particular live version (Im surprised its on youtube), made me learn how to play solo. I got that solo down note for note, and also they influenced me in getting a Les Paul type guitar as my first electric guitar. and up to now, I still listen to their albums, even though it's so cheesy and corny, but they are still one of my main influence and I like to revisit them from time to time.

    as for getting me into the blues, It's basically John Mayer and this song:



    I dove into his influences and found Hendrix, SRV, Eric Clapton, etc.. and the rest is history

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    Thanks for playing...(In more ways than one)

    Here's another in my history.
    Growing up if I was the only one home I would listen to music with headphones & crank up my amp so I could hear both.
    I jammed to a lot of albums that way--sometimes just noodling, sometimes playign along with songs I knew & sometimes figuring them out.
    This song--and others--taught me that I didn't have to be a virtuoso to play a cool solo--the feel & emotion were even more important-
    I still hear some of this in my own playing-not directly playing it--but stylistically...
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    I have more to add--feel free to add your own & let's see if we can inspire others to learn some new stuff...
    (And to the copyright holders of these songs--my own song ideas sound nothing like these songs...)
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    And here are a couple more Neil Young songs that also shaped my playing--and were fun to jam with:

    (Actually the whole re-ac-tor album was great for jamming along with--using the headphone method above (Or the input jack on many amps these days)

    And this one was a fun riff as well:
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    Before I played guitar, I played organ. I played from the age of 4. Up until I was 8 years old, I only associated organ with church music... Then I heard this song, and it made playing the organ 'cool' right from the opening chord


    It didn't really influence my guitar playing, but the whole FORE! album drove me as a musician from a very young age.

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    Cool--thanks for playing as well...

    As for me--well a combo of Albert King & Neil Young--kind of sums it up--but here is more to it than that--so more to come...
    I've been a pilgrim on this earth, since the day of my birth, I'm a long way from my home.

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    Well now something more for rhythm playing, feel & phasing--these two did a lot of that for me.
    And Jon Lord probably influenced me more than Blackmore that way-although they were both influences...


    & you could add some others from those two albums--but I'll let those two do the talking.
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    Something a little different than above--but learning this song did give me some better rhythm chops...

    This one helped with feel & phrasing...


    Anybody else?
    I've been a pilgrim on this earth, since the day of my birth, I'm a long way from my home.

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    I cant help but notice that all the major guitar players were in the 50's to 70's.. there are a few now, notably doing great in guitar, but I feel that for me to learn more in my craft, I really have to look back at these legends and see how they play. I just recently dove into Jimmy Page's work, and it's astonishing on what level these guys and other bands were playing in that era.

    this thread is great! i'm discovering a lot of musicians and music!

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