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Fabian Ratsak

Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Date of Birth: May 12, 1981
Been playing guitar since: 1994

I was born in 1981 in Detmold, a small town in Germany and started playing the guitar at the age of 13. At that time I was listening to a lot to Guns n Roses and Slash was my big idol at that time. He inspired me to start playing the guitar. It was my 13th birthday when I got my first guitar, it was a really cool but hard to play acoustic guitar. My fingers started bleeding learning first chords but I got addicted to it! During my first 2 years of playing I had a teacher showing me the basics to get started. I really practiced a lot and I totally fell in love with the guitar.

Then i moved to Dusseldorf and studied the most of the time by myself, had the first band experience and started gigging around. In the year 2002 I met my band "Roomers" where I am still in and I love those dudes! We just released our third studio album which is called "Feelings". I started having some lessons with Martin Miller in 2010. Such a wonderful player and friend. I really learned so much from him and I always try to get better and challenge myself.

Nowadays I am touring a lot with Roomers and I am also a guitar teacher here in Germany.

Playing and Influences
A lot of musicians have influenced me, throughout the years. I really love every kind of music! Here are a few musicians that influenced me the most: Slash, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Malmsteen, Michael Lee Firkins, Guthrie Govan, Scott Henderson, Mike Stern, Martin Miller, Tom Quayle, Joe satriani, John Petrucci and so many others.

I want to share all my experience with you here. I will be mainly focusing on the beginner side here. I think it is very important to have the basics down. I am very happy to learn a lot from all the other great people here at GMC.

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