What was the First Song you ever learned on Guitar

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  1. chilipeppermaniac

    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    I will start this out because it is my thread!!!

    Anyway, the very first song I learned to play all the way through was Triumph's song Epilogue.

    Here is a clip of the part as I learned it from 0- 2:49 and a live performance from 0-2:31

    I definitely had to master many techniques from Tempo, to bends, hammer-ons, pull offs, sliding up and down strings, volume swells, vibrato and dynamics.
    It is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZa9A_2r-J8[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3amogWpCwBw"]Rik Emmett 1987 playing "Epilogue (Resolution)/Blown Fuse. Rare! - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    For me, and I imagine any guitarist who got a copy of Bert Weedon's "Play in a Day" along with his first guitar, it will be Bobby Shaftoe.
     
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    chilipeppermaniac Well-Known Member

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    Bobby Shaftoe


    Did it go something like this, don?

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmumNO4r84Q"]Bobby Shaftoe(Arranged by Maria Linnemann) - YouTube[/ame]

    I may be too young and on the wrong side of the pond to know Bert Weeden and Bobby Staftoe, but I see Bert is quite influencial.
     
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    Hang down your head, Tom Dooley !
    Only lesson I ever had, but a great one . Thanks Greg.
     
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    Probably not quite like that on first playing.
     
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    It was probably something by Neil Diamond. "Holly Holy"...... " "Solitary Man".... ???

    One of my first guitar books was "Hot August Night" way back in the 70s.
     
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    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

    Thanks again Mr. Peterson.
     
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    I cannot recall the first thing I learned on guitar/bass...but I do remember the first song I ever learned with my first garage band:

    "Born to Be Wild"

    and the first song I ever played with a live band in front of people, sitting in at a wedding:

    "25 or 6 to 4"

    wooomwoomwoomwoomwoom....wooomwoomwoomwoomwoom...wooomwoomwoomwoomwoometc.
     
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    The first song I remember learning was "Wild Thing."
     
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    I think Neil Young's Rockin' in the free world was the first (always had a problem with the G chord, though)

    Then, I mastered barre chords, so I learned first 3 ramones albums and all rhythm guitar of Turbonegro's - Apocalypse dudes - in a matter of days. :)
     
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    That was definitely one of the first batch I learned too...along with "Twist and Shout", "Hang on Sloopy", and several other similar ones.

    But "Wild Thing" had that extra bit of attitude to it.
     
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    My dad showed me "Wild Thing" and I was so excited to play it because I had just seen the Monterey Pop movie and was blown away by Jimi Hendrix' version.
     
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    Who wasn't? It put Jimi on the map.
     
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    Haha, I was just going to post the same thing.

    No doubt followed by Camptown Ladies/Races.
     
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    I think any *British* guitarist!

    We didn't seem to see that book much in the USA. We had Mel Bay.

    And I learned from the Mel Bay Roger Filiberto bass book (best selling bass book ever, 1963) - and Filiberto lived in New Orleans.

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    First PLaying


    Don, I meant did the song/tune go like that?
    Glad you shared Bert Weeden with me.
     
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    my first rock song was Smoke on the water. Loved the song and it was easy enough to play on guitar that I could actually sing and play it at the same time. I still hear that song played regularly by kids at guitar center when I am in there and every time I hear it... I have to smile.
     
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    That was the 2nd tune I sat in with a band when I was still a student. What a thrill to play the BASS part through a big ass Ampeg SVT.
     
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    Yeah Buddy!!!!! Bass and Ampeg SVT. I too played the Smoke on the Water Riff but never the whole song.
     
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    Rebel Rouser by Duane Eddy. Boy that dates me huh?
    I put my amp in front of a series of open 55 gal. barrels laid end to end to get the reverb effect. Ehh, it kinda worked.:hmm:

    Wade
     
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