March 15, 2013

Ask A Semeron – Volume 1

Semeron is a band of the people.  We’re no different than any of you.  Except that we’re extremely talented and handsome.  Handsomeness and talent aside, we’re no different than any of you.  We want to prove it to you, so ask us any question, go ahead.  Hit us up on Facebook and Twitter and providing we can find the time out of our busy schedules (*lie), we just may throw up a post answering them. Off we go!

SEMERON – WHAT WAS THE FIRST SONG YOU LEARNED HOW TO PLAY?

Answers after the jump!

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First Songs

Adam - I have no idea what the first song I ever learned to sing was. I was probably 2 years old, living in Austria…. I may or may not have been one of the von Trapp family singers.

I also don’t remember what the first song I learned how to play on guitar was. (On the German Recorder it was Hot Cross Buns). I remember picking up the guitar when I was 18 on Mercy Ships in the Caribbean. I was stuck on the ship a lot and there was no where to go, so it was either pick up a guitar or go swab the decks (and I only did that when Bartholomew Roberts was there to enforce his snooty pirate code). I am sure I learned to one-string Smoke on the Water and Iron Man as well as worships songs using the G, C, and D chords. I do remember really wanting to play Classical Gas by Mason Williams but this is a hard song for a beginner and having no discipline in my practice, I never really succeeded in learning this song. I can play a sort-of “modern-art” rendition of the song which is really enjoyable if you like dissonant notes and lots of starting over.

Nick's First Guitar

Nick -  The first riff I learned was “Sunshine of Your Love”  by Cream. My brother Mark had this old Sears bass lying around and I picked it up and  figured out the riff. I didn’t know the key so I just played it in every position (key). This was before I really started playing guitar (14 years old), so I guess you could say I practiced like a musician from the start!

The first guitar riff I learned was “Runnin’ with the Devil” by Van Halen. My friend David had been playing for awhile, and I was hanging out at his place all the time, so I followed his lead in playing the guitar. He had a Van Halen Music Book, and showed me the intro guitar riff; we traded off playing that riff over and over. After that, I was hooked.

Jeff - When I went to buy my first guitar, Green Day’s Good Riddance (Time of your Life) was big on the radio.  I had barely ever picked up a guitar, let alone knew how to play one, but I was trying to find an acoustic that I thought sounded like the guitar on that song.  I (or rather, my parents) ended up buying a 3/4 classical nylon string guitar for about $75, and I went home and immediately learned the chords for that song.

JR -  Predictably, the first song I ever learned to play on the guitar was the intro riff to Stairway to Heaven.  I learned to play it on this old Kingston nylon acoustic guitar that my Mom had given to her as high-school graduation gift years ago.  Was in surprisingly good shape considering the strings had probably never been changed.  Back then, almost any song I heard on the radio I would log into AOL, and search for the guitar tablature (guitar sheet music).  I had reams and reams of tab-filled paper floating around the basement. Fade to Black by Metallica was the second song I had ever learned.  That one took me awhile.

Jesse - First song I learned on the drums?  I remember blasting the radio station KDWB and trying to play along to Def Leppard’s  “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. My friend Jack and I both played the drums, and we would of course try to play all Def Leppard songs one-handed since their drummer had lost an arm in a car accident. Around that same time Tone Loc had a song on the radio, “Wild Thing”, that featured a prominent tom fill that required a double sticking technique that I remember playing over the phone to a girl I liked in 4th grade.

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Jesse, do you call up your wife now and play drum solos for her?

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