I use to listen to a lot of rap through-out middle school. It wasn't until 7th grade that my friend basically kicked my ass and had me listen to AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, and Ozzy. Since then I've been really into rock music, and guitar. He let me borrow his little classical guitar, which sat in the corner of my room for about 2 years, and getting a lot of humidity damage from me being on the top floor. I had learned a couple riffs on it, like Black No. 1 and Stairway..:P
A couple years after getting the classical, I got an electric guitar pack, with a little starter amp. Then I started foolin' around with it a little more, but I still couldn't sit and practice or more than 10-15 minutes a week. I needed something to hook me into it. I had taken about 4 lessons that I got for free as a christmas gift, but that still couldn't really get me into it.
Finally, about another year and a half later, I used what the lessons had given me, and, with the music book the lessons had given me, I began to practice much more. The first song I actually learned all the way through was Sweet Dreams(are made of this) By Marilyn Manson. Since then, I couldn't stop playing. I played a lot, but on and off through-out the week. I didn't really have a set practice schedule. I began learning songs by Tool, such as Prison Sex, and The Patient.
Slowly, I was picking up and better playing habits, different techniques from the songs. I still didn't have a schedule, but I started playing a lot more. I looked up scales, but couldn't get myself to practice them. I learned the songs within' a day or so, but I didn't learn a lot of songs.
To this day, I still only know about 10 full songs. I've been playing for about a year now, since March of 2007, and I've been serious about guitar for the past month and a half-two months now. Lately, I've been learning a lot of scales, techniques, and I finally have a practice schedule. As of May 2008 I've started working on Chromatics excercises and trying to get faster. I don't plan on being a shred guitarists, but the skill to do so wouldn't hurt!