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post Jul 3 2008, 01:33 PM
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Hello everyone

I recently joined the GMC community and have had an amazing experience so far in my approach to my guitar playing. I have been playing for about 20 years now although I had a hiatus of about 12 years after I got married 15 years ago. I am still not playing as much as I want to but I try to get in at least 30 minutes of playing most days with the occassional 4-6 hour sessions. I have had little formal training learning mostly by ear (which is not particularly good by the way) which has limited me to rythm for the most part. After running through some of the lessons, I have realized that I am still a beginner for many techniques although some of the things like pinch harmonics (what I called squacking) were pretty easy-although I definitely have room to improve.

Started off with:
Marcus Lavendel - Neoclassical solo (beginner) - I saw this and thought I could never do this kind of playing - I quickly realized that this was quite doable and got to 3/4 speed after just a couple of run throughs. More importantly, though, this lesson taught me a valuable lesson in changing my fretboard fingering as my 'default' fingering just doesn't cut it.
Trond - Beginner solo and Picking Exercise lessons - Love them both and I suspect the picking exercise will be one of my warm up exercises for years to come - but they also really showed me how poor my timing is.
Gabriel Leopardi - I tried the Black Sabbath lesson primarily because the fast solo segment is something I have heard time and time again but have never been able to do until now - I can only get it to 50% speed but its improving.
Muris Varajic - started off with the Myxolydian riffing (and beginner solo) - very different from my usual stuff (primarily Iron Maiden) and has been an interesting addition to helping me with my timing and fretboard knowledge.
David Wallimann - love the Maiden lesson - having difficulty getting up to speed without getting really sloppy so I have been taking this slowly (teaching me patience).


So many lessons to learn!

The site has also inspired me in other ways - for instance, I took apart an old gibson-epiphone (fender style) and scalloped the frets and refinished it (I normally consider myself in the running for the worst handimen - lol).


If there are any suggestions I can make to new players out there - make sure you buy a good guitar! The better the guitar, the easier it is to play. I bought an ESP Ltd 400MHNT a couple of years ago and my playing has improved immensely (although I suspect that I have learned more in the last month than my previous 2 years).

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post Jul 3 2008, 01:37 PM
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post Jul 3 2008, 01:47 PM
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post Jul 3 2008, 03:45 PM
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post Jul 3 2008, 04:29 PM
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post Jul 4 2008, 10:30 AM
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post Jul 4 2008, 01:14 PM
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Thanks everyone!

I have noticed in the last few months after reading some of the scale theory, my improv has improved dramatically. I had always ignored scales in the past but now I can't seem to get enough of them. In fact, my first lesson I looked at after I joined GMC was the 'Nightwish' singing lesson in A harmonic minor. I was running through the scale and before I knew it, I was banging out 'Gates of Babylon' by Deep Purple (I recommend the cover by Yngwie Malmsteen as well) - a song that has always fascinated me with its 'arabic' feel.
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