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post Aug 7 2007, 02:10 AM
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My name is Donovan and I live in Kentucky (USA). I just joined the clan a couple of days ago and I am really looking forward to making my way around in the site. I started playing guitar when I was 16 and have played for 20 years. (do the math on the age). When I was young, I thought I was going to play guitar for a living, as all young guitar players do, but realized in my late 20's it just wasn't going to happen. Same old story, in a band, starts to really be cool and then one guy would go to jail, quit for his girlfriend, or just generally be a lazy musician.
So, I decided to go to college so I wouldn't have to be a greeter at Walmart when I am 65, no disrespect to Walmart greeters, everybody has got to eat somehow. So, I got my degree in Finance from Indiana University, currently working on a double-master's degree, and work as a financial analyst for a fortune 500 company. Not exactly the path I saw myself taking as a long-haired kid. But, that is how life goes and its pretty good.
I was always an okay guitar player, nothing special. Now, I am looking for a few fellows my age who had to grow up and play out once a month or something. But, as I get older I really want to focus on creating a depth and breadth to my playing. I could usually play most tabs, but my theory, and therefore improv quality was minimal. I feel as though I can take my playing into a renaisance and be better than I ever was when I was younger. As I look around the site, I think I have found a good place to start. Please, feel free to reach out with any advice or favorite lessons (especiall jazz, blues, or country).
Thank you friends and talk to you soon,
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post Aug 7 2007, 02:16 AM
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HEY AND WELCOME!!! Blues is a great style there is a load of blues licks videos and if you dont know the pentatonic go to Andrews Theory board!

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Andrew Cockburn
post Aug 7 2007, 02:17 AM
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Welcome Donovan - great story, a little similar to mine smile.gif Great thing is that we both found our way to GMC and have a chance to be the guitarists we always wanted to be - let us know if we can help at all!

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post Aug 7 2007, 02:28 AM
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Welcome! smile.gif You made a good decission joining GMC! Remember to post if you have any questions! smile.gif

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post Aug 7 2007, 02:54 AM
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Welcome Donovan
I like your story. smile.gif I think alot of us in are 20's and on can relate to it, i know i can.Loved the part about band mates going to jail or leaving for there girl laugh.gif .I was the one that left for the girl,marrige,kid ect.The other's went into the military and i guess the other one is a gretter at wal-mart laugh.gif I dont think kids understand all that comes every year you start getting older after the teens.It takes alot of dedication and staying away from women tongue.gif to make it in a band.That was my dream and im sure it's many other's but kids and family came first.Now my dream is for my son to play guitar and take off were i left and make it. biggrin.gif GMC is a great place to improve on your guitar skills along with discusing music.There are plenty of lessons for you to check out.If you have any questions feel fre to ask or pm me.


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Figure out what you want in life early.Wether it's the girl,the partying
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post Aug 7 2007, 11:12 AM
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Welcome Donovan! Enjoy your staying! smile.gif

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