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post Oct 28 2011, 02:22 AM
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Hello GMC!

My name is Brandon Burch. I am 20 years old and live in the United States, the state of Arkansas, and I rock on with my three guitars. I have spent my time here at GMC and have been active since March 8, 2010. It has been wonderful and I'm still lovin' it. Do you know why I came to GMC? I have to admit it was actually because the instructor, Trond Vold, caught my attention with his Canon Rock lesson. I was amazed that it was free! I was just googling "Canon Rock" one day and clicked a link to Trond's GMC lesson. happy.gif I hung around for a while just watching lessons, not really thinking about the forum since I wasn't a member. It was soon I began to want to join GMC so I could learn these lessons of Trond Vold's. haha.

At the time, I was still a little wet behind the ears with guitar and my current Guitar Idol, so to speak, was Funtwo and his Canon Rock. The original video I saw with millions of views is no longer on YouTube because that video was stolen from Funtwo and has now been removed. I have linked you to the one from Funtwo himself, uploaded a few years after the ever-so-famous stolen one. It's a long story. Canon Rock was my obsession back then. Why? It's the song that began my thirst for guitar. My uncle had shown me and my dad the original video on his iPhone.

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"Someone might say 'Aw, I could do that'," my uncle said as Funtwo played the simple intro to the Canon. "But watch here, he'll tear it up in a second." Indeed, Funtwo came to the part of rhythm, I later called the "rock part," as contrasted with the rest of the song played in solo. I was blown away. I begged my uncle to let me record that video with my camera. He told me I could find it on YouTube.com. But had never heard of YouTube before or how to work it. I actually had barely learned how to use the internet since we didn't have a connection at the house at this time. But I did find YouTube and download the video. smile.gif It was all I listened to for a long time.

And so, I finally joined GMC and did find out there were other instructors besides Trond Vold. laugh.gif (Sarcasm, you understand wink.gif ) Now we travel back through time to find out more when I started guitar. >>>>>>>W>>H>>O>>O>>S>>H>>>>>>>

Canon Rock was my Homework Anthem, but I can't say I got the homework finished any faster. happy.gif I thought, Just think of the people I could impress if I could play that song. biggrin.gif Well, you can check out my covers for them on my YouTube channel (link below in signature), but none of them are as I would like them to be yet. It was one day after Wednesday night church that I told my parents I think I would start learning some chords. This was October 29, 2008. I used an Acoustic Getting Started DVD and learned the chords Em, A, and D on my little brother's classical guitar. There were some chords such as the D and G I thought I would never learn. wink.gif I remember this whenever I have a hard fingering. Just takes practice. So yeah, I grew in my knowledge of guitar, at first only focusing on Canon Rock, finding GMC, and getting to know the people in the forum until today. My first introduction thread is still here. smile.gif

I have three guitars, as stated above: Ibanez GIO IJX 121, Ibanez RG 350 DX, and Jackson SLSMG. I use POD Farm almost strictly. I plan to get a good, small guitar amp called a Mustang I, in which I will still be able to record direct USB. I love mostly metal and rock styles of playing. I do listen to other styles, but they aren't my focus as much as metal and rock. I hope to one day be a great guitar player of my dreams and play what I hear in my head. I want to thank everybody at GMC for the encouragement and constructive criticism as it has helped me grow as a guitarist and composer. The advice and criticism has been the most helpful. Without the forum, I don't know how I would be where I am - I wouldn't be. smile.gif

There are countless details I could tell, but I can compress them in a video I made for this thread and in commemoration of my 3rd anniversary of guitar playing. And you can find more about me through the links in my signature. cool.gif



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post Oct 28 2011, 02:25 AM
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this is a great post man, thanks for sharing! it shows the coolness of this community!


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post Oct 28 2011, 04:46 AM
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hey man i love your video, it's incredible how you keep track of everything, or were those videos online the whole time?
i see that you have improved a lot, i hope you stick around even if you are a good player now, there is a ton of things to learn, and i as an instructor can tell you that, i'm currently studying (and stealing) licks from the great stephane, it feels great to keep learning and evolving.


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post Oct 28 2011, 09:40 AM
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That is pure awesomeness, the way you kept track of all those videos. I think this is beyond awesome, what a nice value of this video. You rock man, respect smile.gif


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post Oct 28 2011, 09:51 AM
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blink.gif That video...! Probably the coolest one I have ever seen from a GMC student

Your progress is amazing Brandon - I get really scared by the thought of where you will be in 5 years ph34r.gif


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post Oct 28 2011, 09:57 AM
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Wow, awesome!! just 3 years? It really doesn't look like it. Man, you are very very good now.


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post Oct 28 2011, 09:17 PM
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This is an anthology! Bravo, great post Brandon, and video is fantastic !


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post Oct 28 2011, 11:36 PM
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Thanks guys! I'm definitely sticking around. I mean, there is so much I don't know. biggrin.gif I'm still practicing lessons. Most of these videos were not online but in my dungeon of old files on my external hard drive. I took TONS and TONS of videos through my beginning months. I don't want to delete ANY of them. wink.gif And I posted the best ones. hehe. Shoot, I used to pretend I was playing (I look back to see I was no where near the correct frets) and play nothing but dissonance, but I thought I was rocking out! laugh.gif Just check out my 1 Minute of Torture to the Ears video, and you'll see what I mean. Glad you guys enjoyed! I just practice guitar like crazy. My parents hardly ever see me. LOL. I'm exaggerating, but I do play my guitar for hours at a time almost every day.

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post Oct 29 2011, 04:10 AM
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It is so obvious just how hard & disciplined you have been in your practicing. You are living proof that practice DOES pay off! Your rapid progress is amazing to many but I'm sure someone deciding to start playing guitar will find your story truly inspiring.

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blink.gif That video...! Probably the coolest one I have ever seen from a GMC student

Your progress is amazing Brandon - I get really scared by the thought of where you will be in 5 years ph34r.gif

What a brilliant idea of recording your progress. It's great to see where you started & where you are now, but also to see HOW you got to where you are now. The advantages of videoing your progress are numerous. I would like to ask "Looking back, what was the most unexpected revalation that you learned from videoing yourself?"

This post should be a recommended read for any beginner guitarist under the title "Here is a great way to reach your goal as a guitarist!" (I originally wrote this as "This is how you do it!" but realized that different practice strategies would also work but I do think that "This is how you do it!" is still pretty good.)

Thanks for sharing your story & I, too, look forward to seeing your progress in the next 5 years! smile.gif

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post Oct 30 2011, 06:36 PM
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QUOTE (Blister @ Oct 28 2011, 10:10 PM) *
I would like to ask "Looking back, what was the most unexpected revalation that you learned from videoing yourself?"

Gary


I learned just how bad I was when I first started!! laugh.gif


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post Oct 31 2011, 12:31 AM
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You just made me shed a tear man...and I mean it! Your video left an incredible impression on me smile.gif I thank you for the inspiration and congratulate you on your tremendous achievement! DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING in the way you're doing this smile.gif the results are more than awesome!


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post Oct 31 2011, 01:13 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Oct 30 2011, 06:31 PM) *
You just made me shed a tear man...and I mean it! Your video left an incredible impression on me smile.gif I thank you for the inspiration and congratulate you on your tremendous achievement! DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING in the way you're doing this smile.gif the results are more than awesome!


Wow, Cosmin, thanks. smile.gif


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post Oct 31 2011, 01:49 AM
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QUOTE (Adrian Figallo @ Oct 28 2011, 04:46 AM) *
hey man i love your video, it's incredible how you keep track of everything, or were those videos online the whole time?
i see that you have improved a lot, i hope you stick around even if you are a good player now, there is a ton of things to learn, and i as an instructor can tell you that, i'm currently studying (and stealing) licks from the great stephane, it feels great to keep learning and evolving.

I heard this quote(great guitar players don't borrow,they steal)
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post Oct 31 2011, 01:52 AM
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LOOOOOL your voice totally sounds like Marty Friedman


Keep practice ;D

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fireball- I can't tell what you are better at ,playing guitar or video and editing smile.gif
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post Oct 31 2011, 02:09 AM
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biggrin.gif Thanks people of GMC. wink.gif


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post Apr 27 2012, 01:16 AM
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I think I'm going to be the "Old guy that stared out, and let's see how I improve!!! guess I will have to keep track of all my videos..


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QUOTE (michaelwalker @ Apr 26 2012, 07:16 PM) *
I think I'm going to be the "Old guy that stared out, and let's see how I improve!!! guess I will have to keep track of all my videos..

Good luck with it! It's a good thing to keep track.


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post Apr 27 2012, 06:42 AM
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Brandon smile.gif it looks like you have inspired Michael wink.gif good going mate!


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