Because of YUI? nah.
Lets see... I was in my school's Chinese Orchestra since I was 13. My instrument was this minature pipa
called a liuqin
which is a 4-stringed instrument that has a reeally high-pitch.
^thats my baby way before i got my guitar.
Anyway I learnt quite a lot about music during the 6 years I was in the orchestra, though the Chinese way was different from the Western way (we use numbers instead of notes). And since my liuqin
is meant to be strummed using a pick (or finger picks), I kinda developed my strumming and picking skills during that time. My fret hand also became more agile since Chinese music calls for very fast playing.
When I was around 15-16, I started to listen to Japanese music and the first artist I supported was Ayumi Hamasaki. I remember watching her A museum live and was taken by her lead guitarist Yoshio. He's uber crazy, churning out improv solos and all that cool stuff. That was how I got the inspiration to learn the guitar (strange that its not some guitar god like Jimi Hendrix or Santana, but Yo-chan's not bad either XD). 1 year later after my O-levels, I went straight to get myself a Maestro accoustic.
Probably because of my past "training" I found playing the guitar rather easy, though I had to spend some time learning the chords and switching fast enough. And my fingers really hurt thanks to the large gap btw the fretboard and the strings on my guitar. I played mostly Chinese pop songs (they have really simple chord progressions), until I joined a band and started playing English rock (yes, with my accoustic). I rather liked rock during that period and dreamt of getting an electric.
After getting my Cort Z-Custom electric, for about half a year I was constantly playing on my electric and I kinda forgot about my accoustic. Until I watched Taiyou no Uta, and discovered the amazing person that is YUI. Cute girl + guitar = <3<3<3 And so I started learning her songs on my accoustic and now I love both my guitars =)
edit: Oh and to give some credit to YL, I started to improve my skills after deciding to join YL collaboration 2 =) I'm slowly learning about scales and all that complicated stuff, so I hope I'll be able to start composing songs soon =)