Seeing as how this thread got "bumped" and I haven't added my firsts to the list... here ya go.
I grew up in the middle east, and Mom played piano, so we wound up with this lovely Kimball baby Grand that moved with us for the eight years Dad was stationed over there. My sister took lessons, and I would have liked to... but she hated it like some kind of child torture, so I thought better of expressing any interest. When we returned to the States, Yup that huge piece of musical furniture came along and occupied the major part of our formal dining room in Palos Verdes. One spring break, I decided to at least give it a whirl... so I opened up the bench and pulled out this song book about half the size of the Los Angeles phone directory and opened it to a random page, that would stay open while balanced on the music stand. Beethoven's 5th Symphony as I recall and over the next week taught myself to not only read music, but bar by bar, the entire piece until I had it down.... with both hands! Thus began and ended my first music career.
Until.... I happened to hear Mason Williams' Classical Gas. Which started this on/off love affair with the Guitar, and was the first tune I taught myself on the slightly used Alvarez classical which I picked up at the age of fourteen for about $35.00 plus $6.00 for a new set of strings and the sheet music.
Been finger pickin' ever since, although the music selection has changed towards simpler things. Did the hard stuff while I was still young and stubborn.
"what is this quintessence of dust?" - Shakespeare