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« Reply #40 on: December 20, 2009, 05:31:37 PM »

My apologies for forgetting the donuts and coffee

 

I'm a long time lurker and first time poster.  I realized that I listed people who are generally known as electric guitarist.  I have to say if you ever get a chance to see Richard Thompson on an Acoustic tour do yourself a favor and go see him.  I have to credit Norman Blake for getting me off my duff at age 46 and actually go but a guitar and start learning. 

I currently own a Larrivee D-03SP and a lust in my heart for a 00-60.  I know, I know there is one listed in the for sale sign.   I signed up to lead a Philmont backpacking trip this summer with my son's boy scout troop and all disposable income is going to pay for the trip.  That is the only thing keeping the GAS under control.

I have to share that recently pulled out my starter Washburn D-10S.  I highly recommend it as a starter guitar, but it sure made appreciate the the tone and balance of my D-03. 
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« Reply #41 on: December 24, 2009, 08:12:40 PM »

I suppose the first person to show me that acoustic guitar had a place in rock music was Steve Howe when I bought the amazing 'Yes Album'   

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« Reply #42 on: December 25, 2009, 12:15:51 AM »

In high school during the Great Folk Scare of the 60's, and the British Invasion, so ...

Peter Paul & Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles & the Stones -- but all on acoustic, in fact on nylon. Didn't get a steel string flattop until the late 70's, my Guild D-25.
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« Reply #43 on: January 05, 2010, 06:13:05 AM »

The Troggs, Beatles, Stones, Buddy Holly - the first song I ever attempted was "Love is all around". Then there were others like "Words of love", "Needles and Pins", The Stones' "Tell me" - I used to listen to that "Hot Rocks" LP no end.
I started out some 38 years ago with my brother's Ariana classical which he still has today...  oh my word, where has the time gone?  ohmy
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« Reply #44 on: January 05, 2010, 11:20:24 PM »

For me it started with Bruce Cockburn which led to listening to Don Ross and namely those two inspired me to take up fingerstyle guitar.
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« Reply #45 on: January 23, 2010, 12:32:12 AM »

I have to say that who really started it for me was John Denver, however, that being said, I also have to Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell ( who I had a huge crush on).

Somewhat more recent than that would be Brian May.
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« Reply #46 on: January 23, 2010, 02:15:07 AM »

Not sure who the really influenced me - probably Norman Blake.  Maybe tied with Doc Watson and Tony Rice.  Played bass through high school and had no knowledge of anything other than classical music to high school.   There are still times when I want to grow up and be Norman.

Do have to mention two folks who have sorta had an indirect influence on my trying to play fingerstyle recently - Dakota Dave Hull and Phil Heywood.  Both steller musicians. 

Also want to mention Paula Bradley to giving me a couple good lessons a few years ago to help get my rhythm stronger.

Otherwise it's a lot of no-name stringband back up guitarists that played on 78s in the 20s and 30s.
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« Reply #47 on: January 24, 2010, 12:36:21 AM »

Well I had a friend, a good, inspiring friend, used to plant Satre or Montagne in my confused teenage brain...time passes, kindly for I, not so for him. Paths cross fleetingly till, at age forty we end up rather drunk on an old fishing boat and he starts to play Jansch, Jackson C Frank,Dylan, Fairport, etc.

Anyway I buy a few Jansch cds and stumble across Angi..well that was it!!!! Couldnt believe it was one guitar. This took me to Davey Graham, Julian Bream, John Dowland..and now Im drooling for a D03.

My friend? Well hes still living free on a cold small yacht, I gave him a Martin copy/kit(The bracings stamped D28 and it has no truss rod) and hes played out a few times..Lord Franklin being a standard, his nails are clearing up..but man....time passes, I really wanna play with him
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« Reply #48 on: January 24, 2010, 06:21:38 PM »

Simon & Garfunkle, PP&M, James Taylor, John Denver, of course the Beatles.
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« Reply #49 on: January 24, 2010, 08:29:18 PM »

   Justin Hayward is at the top of my list for the British Invasion.

 Here is a recent solo of "New Horizons"on a nice 12 string. This was on the album Seventh Sojourn by the Moody Blues.

                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ1Ldj254hM
       
           Ultimately it became my favorite song recorded by the MB's and Justin.
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« Reply #50 on: February 07, 2010, 08:40:29 AM »

Once I thought about it, I realized that the first instrument I tried to play, was the trumpet in 2nd grade. The first musician I can recall loving the sound of was Satchmo's horn. Nat Cole's voice too. Thanks to the next door neighbor, who was an audiophile with eclectic tastes, I discovered the wonders of Jobim's music at the same time. God I owe that man a lot. Sure Mr. Burgess is long gone, but thanks to him wherever he is. Having said that Loved seeing Jimmy Durante call out to Mrs. Calabash, along with the rest of America. Still love his records.

Later on it was Dylan, The Beatles, Stones, Doors, and Buffalo Springfield, then The Dead. 
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