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post Sep 13 2008, 03:35 PM
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hey guys

well, im interested in your skills in the first 3years of your guitar playing.

Do you remember what was the "best", "fastest" or "most difficult" song, solo, riff, scale, lick, what ever:-P after 1 year, than after 2 years and finally after 3 years?

i think it would be quite interesting to see - just write your "memories" laugh.gif


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post Sep 13 2008, 11:18 PM
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Three years of consistant playing WITHOUT GMC, I was pretty pathetic. I'd imagine three years with GMC you could be substantially better than most. Some people practice for 1 year and get more done in that one year than some people do in three years.
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post Sep 13 2008, 11:36 PM
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ive only been playing for a year but i guess the hardest songs ive learned was Eruption or some suoer advanced lessons on GMC hehe wheee


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post Sep 14 2008, 12:18 AM
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After one year I was probably able to do the intermediate neoclassical solo of Marcus Lavendell at my hardest.
Now I can do maybe Nocturnal Vision if I try hard, and I have played for a little more than one and a half year.

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post Sep 14 2008, 12:21 AM
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I could play accurately Sweet Home Alabama after a year and half, I was self taught at that time


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post Sep 14 2008, 12:33 AM
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After one year I could play Master of Puppets and after two I can play the solo too...


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post Sep 14 2008, 12:39 AM
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I agree with ZakkWylde, Kirk Hammet solos are difficult for a beginner but after one year or two they are playable. I remember playing the solo of Master of Puppets as well after one year and a half or something like that.


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post Sep 14 2008, 06:16 AM
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Well lets see, first year I was able to play Curious Coincidence almost up to speed, witch was a big thing for me, I think my first year I was focusing on getting my chops up to shape.

Second year was even more woodsheding it, trying to get myself to a point where I'd have to technical skill to play anything I wanted. I think somewhere in my second year I learned theory to a point where I could analyze and understand rock and pop music, and where I could understand what's basically going on in most other types of music. This year is also when I first started really jamming with a band, and writing my own songs.

The third year, well this is where I am now, and it's been almost 2 years with GMC. I think my basic guitar playing chops are at a good level, I've stopped obsessing about playing fast lead stuff at this point. I still love the wailing lead guitar style, but I've realized that I want to be a musician, and the essential skill for that is songwriting, so I've been learning songs(mostly by ear now) by bands that I love. And while learning them I not only learn some cool licks here and there, I also try to analyze what makes the songs so good, catchy, and musically interesting. I also study the structure of the songs, and since I really love prog, sometimes the anti-structure of the songs. Basically I try to break down the thought process of making awesome music, and this has improved my songwriting very much. I also run into challenging riffs and licks in the songs I try to learn all the time, and practicing those has sort of become my technique practice now. So the short version of my 3rd year is that it been mainly focused on songwriting.

This was a good idea Fire, looking back on what I've done the past 3 years I have really learned a lot about my self. smile.gif I think I should also add that the only instruction I've had is from GMC instructors.



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post Sep 14 2008, 08:37 AM
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honestly cant remember sad.gif too long ago now laugh.gif

I joined a band after playing for 18 months, mainly original songs but we did do a few covers, the ones I remember us doing , holydiver-Dio, Rain-the cult, after I`d been playing for around 2 1/2 - 3 years I joined another band that did a lot of covers, doing things like "Girls Girls Girls" - Motley Crue, Phantom of the opera - Maiden and that kind of thing, apart from that I dont remember a great deal about what I could play at those points


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post Sep 14 2008, 12:50 PM
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Never thought of that huh.gif

Probably some Metallica,Maiden stuff, I was pure metalhead at that time biggrin.gif


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post Sep 14 2008, 07:26 PM
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After 2 years I could play and sing Stairway to Heaven, without the solo. Now I can't do any smile.gif


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post Sep 14 2008, 11:08 PM
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Well, I've been playing acoustic for three years before I started with electric... But on those three years, I learned absolutely nothing since I was self tought with nothing to learn anything from tongue.gif
Since I joined GMC though (about a year ago), and got an electric guitar (about 9 months ago), I've just began to learn Marcus Lavendell's first Neoclassical Etude, and trying to master tapping ^^


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post Sep 15 2008, 08:25 AM
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I have been playing 2 years now, for which those two years I have spent entirley practicing GMC lessons! So the trickyest thing i can play is Muris's Neoclassical picking etude at 110bpm, that is some workout smile.gif

I wouldnt class skill purley on how technical a peice is though, if you can phrase well and use good vibrato I think that equally if not more important smile.gif


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post Sep 16 2008, 01:50 PM
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Well I had my 3 year guitar playing anniversary on July 1st and well I have come a long way.

Year 1 - No GMC, self taught on my acoustic so I just knew basic chords. I could play stuff like Tom Petty, Johnny Cash etc but basically only strumming not very good with picking. My big achievement was learning Wonderwall by Oasis and playing it all the way through. No clue about scales, alternate picking, bare chords or anything technical smile.gif

Year 2 - had been on GMC for about 4 months on my two year anniversary... very eye opening. Learning alternate picking, barre chords, scales and theory, was working through the beginner course and also doing a couple of Gabriels lessons. ( I think it was his first John Frusciante lesson and also a blues lesson but can't remember which one) My pinky and I were at odds if I remember correct and I was pretty slow moving around the fret board.

Year 3 - 1 yr and 4 months on GMC. Been very sporadic with my playing due mostly to work and well life wink.gif But still made big improvements. Could navigate the fret board and pick out notes pretty much without really thinking about it. Being able to play level 4 and 5 lessons pretty consistantly. Barre Chords, which I was having major issues with are now consistant. Also my pinky and I are seeing eye to eye and can stretch across four frets now. In terms of songs I guess my biggest accomplishment is Blind Guardians Harvest of Sorrow.

One thing that has fascinated me since I picked up the guitar is how my taste in music has changed. A few yrs ago I would never have listend to Children of Bodom, Opeth or even Blind Guardian. Now it dominates my iPod. I'm still not much for the growling but I pay more attention to the guitar. Thanks to GMC I have learned so much about music in general as well as guitar and I am forever in dept to all here for introducing me to some great stuff. Looking forward to many more years of learning.
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post Sep 16 2008, 06:16 PM
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I have an odd story with guitar tongue.gif

Started at 8. From 8-11 I played classical pieces. 1st year I can remember playing "Romance de amor", second year "green sleeves", 3rd Bach's Boureé

From 11-15 I played no guitar and forgot everything I knew tongue.gif

From 16- 23 I learned playing chords in acoustic guitar and rhtyhm and played just that. Maybe hardest thing I played was "Fade to black" rhythm parts.

At 23 I started over electric guitar.
1 year - easy short solos. much more advanced rhythm stuff
2 years - sultans of swing (16th notes 2-string arpeggio at 145 bpm)
3 years (now) - from day to night I just learn to tap the beginning of Metallica's "one" solo. I am starting to compose my own stuff and trying to learn "The fire and the fury" (16th notes, alternate picking, at 170 bpm. just insane...)

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post Sep 16 2008, 06:26 PM
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My first year i didn't play alot of guitar, and had an electric guitar but no amp. but i could play Mirror Mirror at the time i got my amp as i remember smile.gif now i have played for about 2 years and i have no idea what i can play as i mainly practise exercises. Learned Born In A Mourning Hall a couple of days ago and i thought it was quite easy so that's where i am or something tongue.gif


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post Sep 16 2008, 06:34 PM
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I've been playing 5MONTHS And I can play The "Malezas" Solo by Gabriel
(A difficulty 7) smile.gif

Oh, And I've mastered tapping!

I wonder how good I'll be in 3 years!! ohmy.gif


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post Sep 16 2008, 06:41 PM
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15-18: Self-taught, learned by playing easier Metallica, but Never really advanced past the easier solos. I joined a band and played mainly radio-friendly rock (Soundgarden, RHCP, etc.) and never bothered with theory.
-1 year - Metallica - Call of Kutulu (minus fast solo parts)
-2 years - Little wing - SRV version (some of it anyway)
-3 years - Satch Boogie - a little off on timing and the massive tapping solo at the end

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18-22: College - No time for guitar, forgot most I knew
23-24: Lots of overtime at work, no modivation to play, and forgot even more
25: Picked up the guitar again and tried to relearn all I once new
26a: Joined GMC, started learning theory and new techniques
26b: Injured hand, sat out for a long time, forgot lots
27: See 26a biggrin.gif

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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Sep 14 2008, 08:26 PM) *
After 2 years I could play and sing Stairway to Heaven, without the solo. Now I can't do any smile.gif

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QUOTE (Capt.Z @ Sep 16 2008, 07:34 PM) *
I've been playing 5MONTHS And I can play The "Malezas" Solo by Gabriel
(A difficulty 7) smile.gif

Oh, And I've mastered tapping!

I wonder how good I'll be in 3 years!! ohmy.gif

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I think I have some way to go yet!!!!!!!!


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