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Chief Brody
post Jan 10 2008, 07:28 AM
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Hello GMC,

A certified newbie says hello! Here's the low down.

Name: Rob McMillan
Age: 22
Nationality: English
Current location: Japan (Gifu prefecture)
Current employment: English teacher

I've been out in Japan for 5 months now in my first "proper" job and it's afforded me both the time and the money to fund a dream of mine - playing guitar!

I've wanted to play for many years but didn't have the confidence to follow it through, convincing myself that i was too old to start and had no "natural talent" (it didn't help that a number of my friends at University were/are fantastic guitar players who started at a young age).

But when New Year rolled around i realised that if i'd just taken the plunge when i first felt the desire to play i would already have 5+ years of practice under my belt and be achieving things i can currently only dream of! After this realisation i decided that i would not wait any longer and broke out of the vicious cycle.

I didn't feel my newbieness justified buying anything super expensive (i'm saving that for when i head back to the UK in a few years) so i went to the local music store and, with the advice of the super-friendly assistant, i purchased a Fender (Japan) Jaguar and a Yamaha Compass series Electro-acoustic, both of which i already love playing.

After the initial excitement of finally owning a guitar i realised that i needed a bit of direction, which brought me here. I can't fault the friendliness of the members nor the standard of the lessons here, as a beginner i find myself quite intimidated by the sheer amount of work i've let myself in for but at the same time i love the challenge, i can't put down my guitars and try to get at least 3 hours of practice in after work. I know now that i'm going to be playing until i die! cool.gif

I'm currently mixing it up between a couple of exercises, a standard lesson or two and i give myself one song that i like/has inspired me and try my hand and transcribing and learning to play it. This feels like the right balance for me and i figure that as long as i maintain focus and dedication with the knowledge of good technique i'll achieve what i'm aiming for. Currently the aim is to be able to play the music i listen to all the time such as blues/funk/rock, although i'm definitely beginning to appreciate the shred since coming here wink.gif . As long as i maintain a focus on my goals, i figure the more techniques i'm exposed to the better!

Anyhoo, i'm currently at work and have a class full of kids desperate to learn some English!

This is a fantastic site with a great community, keep it up!
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Maximus
post Jan 10 2008, 07:34 AM
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Welcome to GMC. I only wish I had this place as a resource when I started to learn back in the old days. This place gives you the most bang for the buck that you will ever find. Enjoy yourself. You will be absolutely amazed at the things you will learn here in record time. The community aspect is awesome and it keeps you motivated. Good luck! Max

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post Jan 10 2008, 08:00 AM
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Welcome to GMC Rob! smile.gif


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post Jan 10 2008, 08:00 AM
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Welcome man, enjoy your stay!


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post Jan 10 2008, 08:06 AM
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Yes welcome Chief Brody!
GMC is the best place for you to come with such aspirations - I've checked out loads of sites and as Maximus said - it's the community/family vibe here that provides such great motivation for so many of us.
Glad to meet you and enjoy all your hours of guitar - enjoy each moment of it and before long you will be playing better than you ever thought you could.
When I very first learnt to bend strings (not on GMC sadly - I didn't know about it then) I sounded like a cat somebody had just stepped on and it was quite painful to practise at that stage. But I just kept aiming for the sound and praying my hand muscles would one day be stronger... and sure enough now I can bend it like Beckham - well not quite - but you get the idea laugh.gif

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Ivan Milenkovic
post Jan 10 2008, 09:13 AM
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Welcome chief, have fun playing. Check out some of my lessons in my signature, there is some fun funk and blues stuff.


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post Jan 10 2008, 09:31 AM
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post Jan 10 2008, 09:46 AM
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post Jan 10 2008, 10:00 AM
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Welcome Rob !! You are very lucky to have started your journey here at GMC. You will how to do things correctly the first time and you have the greatest chance of being succesfull at guitar!

Good look and ask if you have any questions wink.gif


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post Jan 10 2008, 10:57 AM
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Welcome m8! Have fun here!

I want to visit Japan one day! It's great to get your "proper" job somewhere outside your birth place - get to see the world smile.gif


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post Jan 10 2008, 11:01 AM
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Welcome Rob!! smile.gif

Be aware of ph34r.gif s and enjoy your staying at GMC. biggrin.gif


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post Jan 10 2008, 11:39 AM
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Welcome Chief biggrin.gif
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post Jan 10 2008, 11:54 AM
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Fantastic story !! Welcome to GMC man ! wink.gif cool.gif


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post Jan 10 2008, 02:58 PM
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Welcome Chief biggrin.gif

Have a nice stay here wink.gif


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post Jan 11 2008, 10:48 PM
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Welcome to GMC chief! smile.gif


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post Jan 11 2008, 11:37 PM
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never too old to learn, mate. Enjoy your time and remember you get what you put in. In hours of practice smile.gif
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post Jan 12 2008, 04:22 AM
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QUOTE (Paul Coutts @ Jan 11 2008, 04:37 PM) *
never too old to learn, mate. Enjoy your time and remember you get what you put in. In hours of practice smile.gif
Good luck!



Agreed! With practice, motivation and perseverance you can do it!! welcome smile.gif


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post Jan 12 2008, 04:34 AM
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post Jan 12 2008, 11:24 PM
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post Jan 12 2008, 11:36 PM
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Hey man, i dont know if anyone here has noticed it yet, but the quote on your subtitle is from the movie Jaws right? tongue.gif tongue.gif tongue.gif

i love sharks btw wub.gif biggrin.gif


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