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post Jul 26 2009, 10:31 AM
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Hello everyone. I never intended to get involved in discussions, but this site and the teachings are great so I want to get more involved. I will be 53 on Tuesday. I bought my son his first guitar when he was 6. I always enjoyed listening to him play and assumed that I had no talent and never tried to learn. My dream for him was to play as good as Randy Rhoads or Michael Schenker. He made it, but he passed away at the young age of 22 which was before he could get his music out to everyone. His guitars, amps and equipment sat for more than 2 years and then one day I picked up the guitar and started to make some noise with it. I worked my way through the pains in my fingers and then tried to get them to move independently. Happy to say it has started to sound like music and I enjoy playing. I play for hours everyday. Once I finally signed up with the school I have improved so much even I am surprised. It is fun to play and well worth the little investment. Just as an aside, I am a retired US Marine. I am originally from Wisconsin, but my wife and children and I live on a small Japanese Island called Okinawa. Nice to meet you all. Currently Amon Amarth, Kataklysm and Entwine are my favorite bands

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post Jul 26 2009, 10:41 AM
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Hi and welcome to GMC. Your story almost made me cry. Great to hear that you picked up that guitar. Now you can make up all you wanted for your son and get your music out loud for everybody to hear. Rock on \m/


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post Jul 26 2009, 10:45 AM
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post Jul 26 2009, 01:04 PM
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Hi man and welcome to GMC.
I'm feeling very sad after reading your post... anyway, you're doing a great thing playing your gear. Just ask if you need some help about playing smile.gif


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post Jul 26 2009, 01:16 PM
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That's a touching story there, sorry to hear sad.gif
Glad you decided to join GMC, a neverending source of ideas & things to do, welcome! cool.gif


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post Jul 26 2009, 01:35 PM
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Welcome to GMC,
your story was really touching and inspiring,
I wish you all the best and enjoy your stay here. smile.gif


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post Jul 26 2009, 02:47 PM
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Yes, a really touching story...
I'm sure you'll love this site and community.
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post Jul 26 2009, 03:01 PM
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post Jul 26 2009, 03:35 PM
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Welcome to the site.
Your story is really touching.
I tried to learn some japanese in order to play "Go" but I gave up:)


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post Jul 26 2009, 03:49 PM
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Yes, very touching story indeed and we are glad to have you as part of the community man! welcome and don't hesitate to ask for any help you may need. smile.gif Thanks for your service as well!


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post Jul 26 2009, 07:35 PM
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Welcome to GMC!
Your story was very inspiring and emotional for me, very glad you shared it with us. Feel free to ask any questions on forums or via PM.


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post Jul 27 2009, 12:30 AM
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post Jul 27 2009, 03:04 AM
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That's the spirit of what music is about. Glad to have you here. Hope we can help you in whatever you need. Welcome man!. Enjoy the site wink.gif


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post Jul 27 2009, 03:32 AM
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Touching intro. Welcome to GMC old guy. I am right behind you.


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post Jul 27 2009, 09:21 PM
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post Jul 27 2009, 10:51 PM
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Welcome to the site man, thats a very sad story, but with a positive ending, and I really love the fact you turned to music now. Keep rocking and let the music fill your heart and soul.


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post Jul 30 2009, 03:55 AM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 27 2009, 05:51 PM) *
Welcome to the site man, thats a very sad story, but with a positive ending, and I really love the fact you turned to music now. Keep rocking and let the music fill your heart and soul.



Enough said, I couldn't agree more. Welcome to our family. smile.gif


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post Jul 30 2009, 04:03 AM
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That is a touching story. Im sure your son is very proud that your making good use of all of his equipment.

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post Jul 30 2009, 04:40 AM
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It takes time with the fingers. Regardless of age. But it comes if you keep at it, and focus. Based on what I have observed here, it is the same for everybody, regardless of age. So long as you don't have early arthritis or something, it will come if you stick at it. I think being older can help you also, you can be smarter, and work smarter. For example, I don't waste my time with stuff like collaborations or recording. I don't have time to fool around. I just practice lessons, that is time best spent, by a long shot. I have 120 I work on, and intend to never have more than that. That is all I want to know, and it is enough. One needs to set goals and limits, or you never reach your potential. If a lesson comes up that I can't resist, I punt one of the 120 to make room and forget them. Two very good ones recently were these...

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/i_want...ay_in_megadeth/

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/joe_sa...lways_with_you/

and I punted two others to make room. And I don't miss them.

Anymore I look for something very special and unique, because the 120 I have are I think the Cream of the crop, and it takes something pretty good for me to be willing to punt one. But like I said, I am mastering 120, and that is all I want, I think that is knowing enough, and at that point I am best off just perfecting what I have selected, than looking for anything more, enough is enough.

Just thought being in the direction of your age, I would share my philosophy with you, and it seems to be working well fo me, at least that is my perception.

edit: Oh, I just read a book you might be interested in, I thought it quite good, scholarly. "Retribution" by a Brit, Max Hastings. On the last year of WWII in the Pacific. He has a companion dealing with Europe called "Armageddon" which I have but have not read yet. I did read his Korean War book, pretty good, but not as good as "Retribution".

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post Jul 30 2009, 10:33 PM
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Welcome to GMC! Your story is very inspiring! I hope you will enjoy the site!


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