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What were you doing at 11 years old?

ourmaninthenorth

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I specialised in truancy and kicking a football very very hard....

Shamelessly lifted off a UK site that I was reading this morning, this simply made me smile with admiration.

This young Lady is astonishing.


and Ian Paice commenting on the performance....

 

ADP

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I built a legendary fort in the woods with my friends - it lasted at least 15 years.
 

corpse

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After school in then largely undeveloped Laguna Niguel CA, back in the hills, I caught a large pacific rattlesnake barehanded- and made the poor decision to bring it home. On the way home I also nabbed the largest CA Kingsnake i had ever seen- over 4' long. One in each hand.
For some odd reason my father had come home sick- the closest i ever came to a beating in my life.
I served every day of grounding- 2 weeks in my room after school- eat dinner- wash dishes- back to my room.
The neighbors talked about it for years.
 

goldtop0

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Bought my first crappy acoustic guitar and engraved my initials SH on the top.
First year at high school and listening to The Beatles mainly, bought my first albums(one or two) as I recall.
This first year at college lead to a lifelong journey in music and sport as it's turned out.
 

Keefoman

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Started slowly to learn how to play my father's Ibanez LP Custom copy, but in all fairness - football was more important. That changed drastically the following years.
 

gakees

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hunting, fishing, playing 3rd base in little league. Had already learned a lot of Herman's Hermits and Beatles songs on the guitar all the while not knowing that Steppenwolf Live would be released in two years.
 

Stephens

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Was bit by the guitar bug at 10 and was practicing as much as I could. 🎸 👍
 

wild.joz

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Playing saxophone for the 5th or 6th year, discovering my "body"... a lot 🤣🤣🤣😋

The saxophone thing lasted another 3 years or so, until I discovered playing the guitar would make it easier to pick up girls!
 

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Playing saxophone for the 5th or 6th year, discovering my "body"... a lot 🤣🤣🤣😋

The saxophone thing lasted another 3 years or so, until I discovered playing the guitar would make it easier to pick up girls!
Exactly same here, but I started sax in 4th grade, so that would have been a couple years playing that, and a few more until I picked up guitar at 15 or so.
I still have the ol' horn in my basement. I've pulled it out once or twice, but I think it could use new pads at this point - it was always a tempermental machine, but it seems more so than before now - and if I wanted to start playing it again, I'd have to start with light reeds again.
 

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I started guitar lessons at 11, and one of the first songs I was taught was Yellow River by Christie.
 

Vics53

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There is a particular house we were living in when I was 9 though 11 years old. (This was summer of 1962 through summer of 1964). I fondly recall that house as "my last stop at just being a kid." Building tree forts in the local woods, swimming ( weather permitting) down the street at my buddies house, riding my bike, building models, reading and hanging out with my friends. Even on my own I was never bored. Life was simple back then and the world worked just fine without the internet. It was life as we knew it and it worked. Going to the grocery store with mom and dad meant waiting in long lines but you know what? It taught you patience, something of which is in very short supply these days.

I loved listening to my transistor radio that my dad bought me. That was when I really started paying attention to music. Of course once the Beatles hit, it was like a whole new world. With no internet back then, there was so much mystery and intrigue about them. Nothing was immediately accessible and that created a lot of wonderment.

If I was allowed to go back and relive that time I'd do it in a heartbeat.
 

wild.joz

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Exactly same here, but I started sax in 4th grade, so that would have been a couple years playing that, and a few more until I picked up guitar at 15 or so.
I still have the ol' horn in my basement. I've pulled it out once or twice, but I think it could use new pads at this point - it was always a tempermental machine, but it seems more so than before now - and if I wanted to start playing it again, I'd have to start with light reeds again.
I still have my sax in a closet as well…
 

metropolis

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After school in then largely undeveloped Laguna Niguel CA, back in the hills, I caught a large pacific rattlesnake barehanded- and made the poor decision to bring it home. On the way home I also nabbed the largest CA Kingsnake i had ever seen- over 4' long. One in each hand.
For some odd reason my father had come home sick- the closest i ever came to a beating in my life.
I served every day of grounding- 2 weeks in my room after school- eat dinner- wash dishes- back to my room.
The neighbors talked about it for years.
You win the prize for best story! :ROFLMAO:

To the OP - I love videos like these with talented kids and it's great that for once social media can be a force for good in showing off their talents.
 

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11 years old? 1965. Hmmmm. Don't think I was masturbating quite yet. Smoking dope? Not for another 5 years. I did start taking banjo and piano lessons around then. So long ago...
 

goldtop0

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11 years old? 1965. Hmmmm. Don't think I was masturbating quite yet. Smoking dope? Not for another 5 years. I did start taking banjo and piano lessons around then. So long ago...
Same vintage herb and same here in most respects. Found out what sex was(by word of mouth) and was taken aback, no parental guidance at all in that regard :oops:
 
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