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post Jul 16 2007, 08:52 AM
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Just thought I'd stop in and say hi.

A long time ago in my high school and college days I used to goof around on an second hand Explorer clone with a Fender practice amp. I wasn't very good, but I had fun with messing around with it. I put it away when I got married and it sat in the closet gathering dust for many, many years. About two years ago, I was cleaning out the closet and stumbled across my old beat up guitar. I got it and the amp out and dusted them off and started to goof around on it. I had forgotten how much I liked playing!

After a few weeks of noodling around and building up some calluses, I decided I needed something a little better to play on. I picked up a Fender Lite Ash Strat and a Carvin solid state amp. I started playing around an hour a day (hard to get much more free time with a wife, 3 kids and a job) and have really been enjoying myself. I slowly built up a decent collection of Boss pedals and with the help of a bunch of tabs off the net, began to improve. This past March, my wife was happy that I was playing so much (and not online gaming which she hated!) that she bought me an Ibanez RGA121A for my birthday! What a fantastic guitar. I liked my Strat by I love the Ibanez. Naturally this soon led to upgrading the amp. I picked up an Atomic amplifier and a Digitech GNX3000.

The new gear really inspired me to play more and I have been rocking my office out every night. I have slowly been getting better, but it's really hard to improve by listening to a song and looking at a tab of it. I had tossed the idea of taking guitar lessons, but with my work schedule and family life, it was too hard to set up a schedule that I could make regularly. So I looked out on the net to see if there were any classes or computer based instruction. I stumbled across this site a year or so ago and while I thought Kris was rather amusing, I never seriously thought of joining. Then I found this site again and started looking around at some of the free lessons and listening to Kris. I absolutely love the way that each lesson is broken down in steps, watching the fingering, along with the tabs and background tracks. This approach fits me to a tee. I decided to bite the bullet and joined for 6 months.

I have just spent the past two hours trying to master Rocker Riff 2. I'm getting close but just have to build up some speed. I am extremely impressed with how much faster I can pick it a song like that with the lessons.

Anyway, that's enough rambling - great site guys!
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post Jul 16 2007, 11:52 AM
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QUOTE (Ronin @ Jul 16 2007, 09:52 AM) *
she bought me an Ibanez RGA121A for my birthday! What a fantastic guitar.

What a fantastic WIFE!

You can't imagine what the rest of us have to go through to get new gear...

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I have just spent the past two hours trying to master Rocker Riff 2. I'm getting close but just have to build up some speed. I am extremely impressed with how much faster I can pick it a song like that with the lessons.

Anyway, that's enough rambling - great site guys!

Yeah, it's a real great way with these lessons to develop ones skills.

Welcome! smile.gif


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post Jul 16 2007, 12:01 PM
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Lol Mickem, i got my guitar from sister... womans are sometimes amazing, aren't they? tongue.gif

Good luck on your path and welcome to guitar freak family :-P smile.gif

Cya around on forums hopefully

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post Jul 16 2007, 02:13 PM
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Welcome - you'll have a lot of fun here, let us know if you need any help!


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post Jul 16 2007, 05:58 PM
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Welcome Ronin!

I think it's great that you rock out in your office biggrin.gif


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post Jul 16 2007, 08:52 PM
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Welcome, mate!

enjoy the site and all it has to offer!

by the way, you're wife's pretty cool for buying you a new guitar. smile.gif


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post Jul 16 2007, 10:33 PM
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Welcome to GMC!

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post Jul 17 2007, 04:30 AM
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QUOTE (Owen @ Jul 16 2007, 02:33 PM) *
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Welcome to GMC!

How on earth do you manage to rock out in the office? tongue.gif


I guess I should clear this up - I rock out in my HOME office! smile.gif
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post Jul 17 2007, 02:12 PM
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QUOTE (Ronin @ Jul 16 2007, 11:30 PM) *
I guess I should clear this up - I rock out in my HOME office! smile.gif


Heh, me too smile.gif


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