A question for my mf'ing friends: Who influenced your guitar playing? Who got you interested in playing, who sparked your need to play guitar? My parents were into music. Dad loved Glenn Miller and the boogie woogie music of the 1940's and early 50's, what I would call "proto rock n roll." He had an album collection of Broadway shows, TV themes and the kind of Christmas music that set the standard for Christmas music for decades. Mom liked what I would call muzak. But some of that muzak was pretty cool. When I was a pre-schooler, Mom always had the radio on, tuned to the local AM station that played elevator versions of the current hits of the early 60's. In particular I remember an incredible orchestral version of "Love is Blue." My older cousins were too cool to acknowledge my existence when we visited, but from their closed bedrooms I first heard the music of The Beatles. While my dad and my uncle, and my mom and my aunt were chatting in the kitchen, I was in the hallway listening for the first time to the subversive sounds of "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver." My dad's little brother was one of the original members of the 7th Army Chorus. While stationed in Germany he sent my dad albums that the Chorus recorded. Folk music was popular then and one of the albums included a couple of beautiful songs by my uncle's folk ensemble. In junior high I took a couple years of piano lessons. I liked the lessons and I even liked the nuns who taught me. I hated practicing but liked the recitals. Believe it or not, one of the nuns actually rapped my knuckles with a ruler a few times! But talk about a grounding in music theory. I guess The Monkees were the first musical influence that I discovered on my own. Say what you may about the "manufactured" group. The music was and is some of the best ever made. The writing was top-notch, as were the performances by the studio musicians and by the Monkees themselves. And guitars ruled! I could go on and name many other musicians and especially guitarists that have moved me to be a musician, but that would make this long post really long! Here is the short list of guitar players that I think I have tried to emulate, or whose style I have sort of 'copped. By "style" I guess I mean a folk-influenced hard rock approach that works both rhythm and melody at the same time, sort of the way a piano does. John Lennon Cat Stevens Ian Anderson Pete Daltry Who influenced you?