Magazine article Guitar Player

Name the Guitar Hero! Nuggets from the Guitar Player Archives

Magazine article Guitar Player

Name the Guitar Hero! Nuggets from the Guitar Player Archives

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AT AGE THREE, X BEGAN PLAYING AN accordion given to him by a next-door neighbor. He remembers hearing his first "real piece of music" when he went to see a Charlie Chaplin film called Limelight. The movie inspired him to return to the accordion with a fervor that so impressed his parents they offered him piano lessons. When he reached 11 years of age, he experimented with both violin and recorder.

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"Violin was quite fun," he remarks, "but after about three years, I got fed up with it, because people used to make fun of you if you carried a violin case. All the big lads were getting motorbikes, a0d I wanted to go out into the streets and into bowling alleys and things. I used to pay people to carry my violin because I was afraid to. There were some tough lads there."

Childish ridicule coupled with an insensitive teacher ("He used to rap my knuckles all the time") led to such discouragement that X not only dropped his pursuit of the violin, but left music entirely for three years. Then, when he was 17, he bought a Rosetti acoustic guitar for 14 [pounds sterling], and soon after joined a local band.

"I think that was the best time ever-just learning how to play," he says. "It was a real thrill simply to switch on an amplifier and listen to it work. One of the amps had an echo chamber, and it was just amazing--all these sounds coming out!"

A Telecaster was the first "really playable guitar" he owned (at age 19), but he changed later to a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom. …

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