Top 6 reasons you should start playing the guitar

As a teenager, I never had a chance to play a musical instrument or have my own band. I was either interested in other things (computers) or my musical anti-talent was very hard to overcome. But after I went into my thirties, I decided to treat my self with an electric guitar. I had no clue what to do with it, how will I find time to play it or how hard can it be to learn it. All I knew was that I needed it.

Here are my top six reasons why you also need to start playing the guitar now.

6. All along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

What can I say about this song other then - just phenomenal. Listen to the guitar God.

5. Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

Mark Knopfler and his cheerful gang. This is one of my favorite songs and an exceptional guitar piece. Video from '84 Live Aid.

4. Always with me, Always with you - Joe Satriani

This maybe one of the hardest tunes to master of all here, but the sheer acoustic beauty of it is unmeasurable. Way to go Joe, you are a genius.

3. Sweet Child of Mine - Guns'n'Roses

Everyone's favorite, yes it's mine too. I would say one of the best guitar intro solos of all time.

2. Canon Rock - JerryC

Pachelbel's Canon is my favorite piece of classical music. Want to hear it on electrical guitar? Embrace yourself for a truly amazing experience.

1. Coming Back to Life - Pink Floyd

To me, Pink Floyd was in music of 20th century what Mozart was in 18th. Out of too many great songs to count, I picked up this one as my favorite. Thank you David Gilmour for bringing this to my life.

I bought my guitar and an amplifier for less then $200. Starting guitar lessons cost about the same. After that it's only you, persistence and will to learn. One day you could be playing this. Now, how cool is that?


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18 Comments

  1. Feb 8th, 2012 6:21 PM

    Should one start practicing with the acoustic guitar first; is that the proper way to go, or it doesn't matter?

  2. Feb 8th, 2012 6:02 PM

    Go for it :) I started play cause of Dust in the wind. Until I learned to play that one in original, I already learned to play more than 500 other songs... so that's how I started with guitar :)

  3. Apr 7th, 2011 2:16 PM

    Ok I'm in.
    To be honest I've been looking to start learning for a while now and you've just kicked me up the butt.
    Let's get rockin.

    • Apr 7th, 2011 2:25 PM

      Yikes! Welcome to the club :)

  4. Apr 25th, 2010 8:15 PM

    How about playing the guitar because you want to play music? You just want to play other peoples music? What's the magic in that?

    • Apr 7th, 2011 2:26 PM

      That requires musical talent which I lack. Playing other peoples music is hard enough :)

  5. Oct 18th, 2009 11:10 PM

    Hi
    I promise myself I am going to take the guitar up one day soon,all my relations play and some of my nephews
    play it, write songs,and have even formed a band,they got some vids on youtube and have a facebook account you can listen to young terry and william here http://www.myspace.com/terrymac86 I think they are cool,they wrote all these songs.Gets embarrasing when they come round and play I feel quite hopless just watching them.

    Mike

    • Oct 19th, 2009 10:15 AM

      Well Mike, it only gets harder with time. Today is your lucky day ;)

  6. Oct 8th, 2009 2:05 AM

    Well, I tried to learn to play guitar years ago, but it just wasn't for me. And few more guitar classics:

    Metallica - Master Of Puppets: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEL6_SuQCu8
    Rainbow - Stargazer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFk4KfFYHgU
    Rush - Working Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MebM9-w5woc

    • Oct 13th, 2009 8:56 PM

      Ahh you should not quit so easily.. Guitar playing is what keeps me sane these days ;)

  7. Mar 11th, 2009 7:35 PM

    Top 1 should be spytunes since it's now free to learn for real

  8. Jul 8th, 2008 10:20 PM

    Take your time ;)

  9. Jul 8th, 2008 9:33 PM

    I am up to it.. I just need to practice... a little bit ;)

  10. Jul 8th, 2008 7:50 PM

    I see we share the same passion for Joe Satriani and Pink Floyd :) If you'd like we could meet up for a jam session somewhere in Belgrade.

  11. Jun 29th, 2008 10:09 AM

    BlogKing, thanks a lot for pointing that out that video. That's incredible!

    Thing is I was at Mark Knopfler concert just 10 days ago, one dream came true :)

  12. Jun 29th, 2008 3:42 AM

    Vladimir,

    Your site is just fantastic. I have been reading practically every post since I discovered it recently.

    Check out this version of Sultans with Mark And Clapton in 2006. Smoking great still. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ-JyAGUsys

  13. Apr 20th, 2008 11:02 AM

    Nice one!
    Although i play many instruments, the one i love the most is the guitar. I have a whole collection that is constantly growing!

  14. Deelan
    Jan 7th, 2008 10:57 AM