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Grichnoch
post Feb 8 2013, 09:01 PM
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Well hello everyone!

My name is Lance Cockrell, but my nickname is Grich (or Grichnoch, either way). I joined GMC early this month and am SUPER EXCITED to jump start my guitar playing.

A bit of background on myself:

Age: 19
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

I have been playing guitar for just over three years. I passed my first guitar teacher in 9 months, and started with another. After about a year of instruction with him, he hired me to teach at his music studio. I have been teaching for over a year now, and have had over 25 students (with as many as 15 at one time). I LOVE TO TEACH. I believe it may be my calling. I now teach privately (as the studio went out of business). Most of my students are really great, and I love to spend time helping them achieve their musical goals!!

I play rock/prog metal/metal/blues and entry level of anything my students want to learn (FUN FACT: I've taught dubstep on guitar. It was challenging, but FUN!). My favorite guitarist by far is John Petrucci of Dream Theater. He may not be the very best guitarist out there (although he is incredibly close to it), but I think his collaboration with Dream Theater and their ability to write stunning music speaks to his skills just as much as his guitar abilities. I also admire Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and a bit of Buckethead (although not too much, he makes my brain go numb after a minute or two).

As for my gear; well.... *teardrop*. I am incredibly limited by money (rather lack thereof). I play on an Epi Les Paul (Standard) and have for the last 2 years. I also play a Taylor 214ce acoustic guitar (which plays like a dream). Just recently I ordered a DC727 Custom Shop 7-String guitar from Carvin. It should arrive in late March and I AM PSYCHED!! I can't wait to play it! I've never played a 7-string before... so I hope to learn a lot about it here on GMC. As for amplification: I usually go with Fender. I have a 15W amp I play out of for practice and a 100W amp for band practice.

Also, I have just recently (6 months ago) started lessons online with Tom Hess. I was a bit skeptical at first, as his advertising just screams "SCAM!!"... but after 6 months, I couldn't be happier with his lessons. I highly recommend him to anyone. I have no shame in doing so, as I can see that the goals of Tom and the goals of GMC are completely different (although thoroughly complementary). So yeah... awesome stuff!

I look forward to getting to know you all! Cheers!

Grich
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Cosmin Lupu
post Feb 9 2013, 10:23 AM
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Hey Lance! Welcome again! biggrin.gif Thanks for choosing me to work together mate, I am honored! I also wanted to suggest an extensive exploration of the community - there are tons of interesting things such as collabs, video chat sessions and what's more important, everybody is willing to help out smile.gif


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Jonas Tamas
post Feb 9 2013, 10:58 AM
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Welcome Grich!

Petrucci is one of my faves too, and I'm looking forward to see you play the guitar. I wish you a great work together with Cosmin! smile.gif

If you like Michael Romeo too, then check out some of my posts here about metal riffage and string-skipped arpeggios:

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=47799
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=47821
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=47733
https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...showtopic=47765


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post Feb 9 2013, 01:08 PM
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Hey Grich & welcome to GMC! smile.gif This site has amazing resources, instructors & community! You're gonna love it here.

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Gabriel Leopardi
post Feb 11 2013, 02:00 PM
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Hi Grich!! Great introduction! It's cool to know your experience with guitar teachers and also teaching guitar!
Enjoy the site and let us know if you need anything!


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post Feb 11 2013, 11:58 PM
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Welcome aboard man smile.gif ! i also have a guitar school and I know that 'giving knowledge' feel ! Stay well smile.gif


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