I'm quite excited to get going with this MTP.
My playing abilities would be in the beginner/intermediate range. I've been flirting with the guitar for 25 years, but have never made any concerted effort to follow a pathway to proficient playing. I've mostly dabbled with live lessons and quit for variety of reasons, ranging from time issues to some lame excuse after another. Mostly due to being frustrated with exercises that I was unable to translate into making music. These were generally the fault of my lack of direction and having a low frustration threshold.
I studied theory in school with 3 years of music, but this was more than 20 years ago and I'm rusty...perhaps as rusty as the Titanic, so I need to do some reading.
I want to be able to play more melodic and technical leads. I have no aspirations to perform, but I have aspirations to be able to play and record music. My musical interests are varied from pop, to metal, to rock with progressive rock being the genre that I most listen to. I grew up listening to Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis. I also enjoyed listening to Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Kiss and Metallica. I'm currently enjoying some Neal Morse and bands like T-square and Casiopea.
As for playing styles, I would really like to be able to play country, rock, blues and shred. I know there is a variety of genre there, but I really enjoy playing music that I might not ordinarily listen to.
The neoclassical genre is very intriguing to me as it seems to have a heavy technical and theory aspects to it.
So, I want to increase my skill set. I would like, if it happens, to be able to increase my knowledge of guitar and composition, even if I hit a wall with playing abilities.
I guess, as disjointed as this sounds, I'm very open to explore as I am not married to any one idea/style/genre.
Here is my Wiki Page from GMC REC Program for examples of playing. They are, actually, fairly good examples of my playing. **shrug**http://www.guitarmasterclass.net/wiki/index.php/Noskill
Now, in recording I tend to struggle with inconsistent bends and vibrato. In playing without the little evil red light, I still struggle with inconsistent bends, but that is improving I feel. I think my vibrato, however, when just playing is better than I am when I record. I do have trouble with vibrato with bends, worsening with full step or more bends.
The use of computers, headsets and DAW's has progressed my playing, in my opinion, considerably. I am able to spend more time enjoying the guitar through choosing a variety of video lessons and working with the computer in a "safe," environment. This is what has drawn me to GMC and this style of teaching.
I hope this is a start, but please, if you need me to be more specific let me know.