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post May 4 2010, 08:00 AM
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I just joined earlier today and have been browsing all the great information - I saw alot of talent that I'd love to learn from!

I'm somewhat of an old-timer, having grown up listening to 90's metal (Marty Friedman, Jason Becker, Yngvie, etc.) but have only really been playing seriously for about 3 years, never been in a performing band. I picked up my first guitar lessons when I was about 20, and played for about 2 years, then I got really involved playing volleyball for the next 15 years here in Northern California. It was about a year ago that I had to give it up due to family and the amount of time required to train for tournaments and needed something I could do from home to replace that addiction, so I unpacked my guitar and well, here I am.

I'm a software, database engineer with a full-time family, so basically I work all day, keep the family entertained all night, and then after everyone goes to bed, I practice til 2:00 a.m. nightly without exception. I do everything with everything I have, or I don't bother doing it at all - sleep is highly overrated wink.gif

Because of my odd hours, I've been looking for ways to learn that don't require band-practice since I'm awake when everyone else is asleep, and found this site which I think is everything I've been hoping for - self-paced instruction and opportunities to challenge myself by being graded (did I read that right?! I'm stoked!).

So that's me in a nutshell - I'm hoping to learn enough to record an album for the sake of knowing I was able to do so.

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post May 4 2010, 06:23 PM
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I grew up with the same influences, it would be great to share experiences and knowledge

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post May 4 2010, 06:58 PM
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Welcome to GMC!
The good thing about this place, you'll always find people online on this site, so there will be help quickly if you've got any questions.


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post May 4 2010, 07:38 PM
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Welcome..! Yes, you shouldn't have a problem finding someone online around 2am your time smile.gif
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post May 4 2010, 09:14 PM
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I'm in a similar situation to you except I took up duathlon as my sport. I turn 40 next month.

2 AM your time is 5AM my time (Atlanta). I'm up early every morning and playing guitar my 4:40AM.

This site is great for self-paced study. You'll love it here.


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post May 4 2010, 10:33 PM
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Greetings fellow Californian-Born in apple Valley schooled in Rancho Cucamunga, and my brain just hurts after typing Rancho Cucamunga- ouch blink.gif -any way i'm back here in kansas. same backround (did you ever try to sneak in to irvine meadows amp.)enjoying this site for two years
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post May 5 2010, 03:56 PM
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post May 5 2010, 05:55 PM
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QUOTE (Daniel Realpe @ May 4 2010, 10:23 AM) *
I grew up with the same influences, it would be great to share experiences and knowledge

welcome!


Same influences - here's an experience - I met Marty Friedman and Jason Becker at a concert in the Bay Area around 90 (I don't remember the date). The one and only guitar instructor I ever had was / is friends with Jason about the time his symptoms began. Anyways, after the concert there was an "after party" hosted at house in Oakland that was converted from a hotel - had like 20 rooms and was built like some wacked out maze. I remember looking down at Marty for the handshake and it was at that moment that I realized you don't have to have Paul Gilbert's monkey hands to play guitar lol. He's got some *small* hands, but boy can he stretch those fingers!

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post May 5 2010, 11:02 PM
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post May 6 2010, 12:16 AM
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Welcome to GMC! smile.gif I"m Todd and I'm an instructor here with similar influences. I have a video chat lesson every Saturday at 4:00 PM E.S.T. and we are working on alternate picking. I'd love to have ya!

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post May 6 2010, 12:42 AM
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QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ May 4 2010, 09:00 AM) *
I'm a software, database engineer with a full-time family, so basically I work all day, keep the family entertained all night, and then after everyone goes to bed, I practice til 2:00 a.m. nightly without exception. I do everything with everything I have, or I don't bother doing it at all - sleep is highly overrated wink.gif

Because of my odd hours, I've been looking for ways to learn that don't require band-practice since I'm awake when everyone else is asleep, and found this site which I think is everything I've been hoping for - self-paced instruction and opportunities to challenge myself by being graded (did I read that right?! I'm stoked!).

So that's me in a nutshell - I'm hoping to learn enough to record an album for the sake of knowing I was able to do so.

Metal by night,
Christian A.


Welcome Man! That sounds just like me ! Im also a software/database engineer with a family.... Luckily the kids are quite old by now and Im working from home (or tries to when I dont play the guitar... *lol* ) Anyway, nice to have You on-board, You will for sure have a lot of fun here!!!

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post May 6 2010, 12:51 AM
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QUOTE (Staffy @ May 5 2010, 04:42 PM) *
Welcome Man! That sounds just like me ! Im also a software/database engineer with a family.... Luckily the kids are quite old by now and Im working from home (or tries to when I dont play the guitar... *lol* ) Anyway, nice to have You on-board, You will for sure have a lot of fun here!!!

//Staffay


Thanks Staffy. I'm glad I got to sit in on the jazz chat today. I enjoyed just listening. and wow, you are a walking encyclopedia!

Todd: I'll try to be around on Saturday but my weekends are pretty sporadic :/

Perusing the forums I can see you're all very helpful and my kind of people cool.gif


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post May 9 2010, 09:05 AM
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Welcome to the site man! I totally hate you for meeting Jason!! Hahaha


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post May 9 2010, 11:38 AM
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Welcome man, interesting bio?
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post May 10 2010, 02:23 PM
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Now that's a serisous dedication!

Welcome to GMC man, same influences here, and I love your story about Marty and Jason smile.gif


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