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SEMERON – WHAT WAS THE FIRST SONG YOU LEARNED HOW TO PLAY?
Answers after the jump!
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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 - 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.