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Old 10-06-2012, 10:52 AM   #541
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Well I tried to learn guitar at age 11 in school, but that never really worked out, because I didn't like the way it was taught in the big group and also trying to learn sheet music that I'd not had any experience with or what we were actually learning, so the guitar got put down until 2 years later in another music class, when we were persuaded to go in groups to learn some song as a "band." Well, nothing actually came of this session thing, but being in a room with a couple of friends with instruments persuaded me that I wanted to learn the guitar properly. So I got a guitar for Christmas that year (2004) and started learning. I started out with the easy stuff like Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana, and took a few lessons to get me started.

The following year, me and friends decided to start a band, the problem being that there was no bass player. So in the summer, after getting my first and only "proper" guitar amp for my 14th birthday, I used some of the extra money I got from my birthday to buy my first bass. It was a 60 Jazz copy from Thomann. Really, I should have got a 5-string, but I spent the extra money on a cheap bass amp which I ended up selling anyway. So that is how I started out on bass. I also decided to stop with the guitar lessons at this point, since I decided I'd learned the basics and could do the rest myself.

I ended up getting a 5-string not long after and I was in and out of a couple of bands with friends for the following couple of years, and even ended up playing a couple of shows(!) in March of '07 on the bass. I think there is still an embarrassing video of the show I played and sang at our school hall somewhere. In September '07 I was booted out of that band even though I had helped set it up. Oh well, c'est la vie I suppose.

The starting out on drums was a different story. It was all about firstly getting the money together to buy it, and also convincing mum and dad that it was a good idea. What happened was that I ended up getting a bit of money together as a sort of combined "birthday and well done for passing your GCSEs" from my parents, which I used to buy some hardware. After getting some very cheap or free cymbals from shops and friends I decided to get lessons on that as well since I didn't actually have a full kit at home still. Then, as yet another Christmas present, I ended up with some proper drums to play on, and that was the beginning of my journey on drums.

I formed a band in summer '08 with me on drums and lead vocals and this guy I had found from an advert on guitar, and when my friend declared he was taking up bass in early '09, I recruited him for the position. We named ourselves Her Fatal Legacy We did a lot of practising, but never actually played any shows or anything, and finished with that at the end of '09. Me and the bass player friend tried it on with another band during the very end of that year and early 2010 but never really got anywhere with that. In September of that year I joined university in Manchester and auditioned for a couple of bands during the first year but never really got anywhere with any of them. Unfortunately, Manchester's music scene seems to be all indie and britpop and not really the heavier side of things that I was looking for. Not to mention they're all in places like Oldham and Wigan, rather than actually being in Manchester like they said on their advert! I am digressing now though.

This summer we got HFL back together. Sadly, it didn't last long since we were all at uni in different places but we did play one show, which was fun. So that is pretty much me up till now. I have also written and recorded a lot of music in the last 7 years and have my own solo facebook page, EddieHimself

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Old 10-14-2012, 12:26 AM   #542
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I started off in England a few years ago just writing lyrics and poetry, whilst vaguely learning the keyboard. I absolutely hated the routine learning system that the teacher put down, but fortunately a friend of mine showed me this glorious program - tuxguitar (basically guitarpro).

Tuxguitar allowed me to write all the ideas I had for instruments that I don't have, and most of the time they were awful because I didn't like to learn petty things like keys or time signatures.

I kept plowing forwards pretending I was still ignorant, getting great ideas and failing to establish them. Until eventually, now owning a guitar on top of my keyboard I was able to get things working as songs. Not everything I wanted, but enough to play things and invent.

The same friend who introduced me to tuxguitar brought my attention to Ableton Live and POD farm - meaning I could actually record ideas and gently lose limitations in tux. After a while I found that my catalogue of lyrics came to nearly 200, so I was able to convert a few into rudimentary, generally experimental songs which I had the gall to release onto bandcamp as 'Gather No Moss' - barabajagal.bandcamp.com/album/gather-no-moss

A short 5 song piece, highlighting my lack of ability in the studio, my inability to sing and my not complete knowledge of keys through dischords. The general sound was Joy Division/Syd Barrett/Frank Zappas bottom end. It was listenable, but very clearly a first attempt.

After this I wrote plenty of songs, of much better quality, which ended up being completed in New Zealand and released onto bandcamp as Marmite. barabajagal.bandcamp.com/

Marmite was released with the intention of being much more me and having a lot of different genres in one album, hence being love it or hate it on a song by song basis. I can't be sure whether people love it or not, but it certainly gets listened to - being 2nd most listened to in Otago and Dunedin, and making top 20 in New Zealand on bandcamp. But perhaps it is just bandcamp - no one has heard of me :p

Either way, I've started doing live shows, but due to the fact I am just me I can't perform songs on the album as they sound, I have to simplify them and thus ruin them on guitar.

As of now, I'm playing weekly at open mic nights and am recording for another album, probably called Imaginary Menagerie, and it's shaping up to be better in my view than Marmite.

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Old 02-05-2013, 12:11 AM   #543
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When i was a young tyke, my cousin used to come down and he'd bring his guitar with and play all kinds of stuff, and i thought "Oh man, he must be the coolest man alive and get all the girls".

Picked up my grandma's old acoustic and played it religiously for 8 hours a day during a summer (I had no friends haha). Learned a lot of green day, nirvana, easier rhythm stuff as well as some picking like "Under The Bridge" - Chili Peppers

Slowly started to accumulate gear and just kept playing all through high school. Now that i'm graduating college with a degree in music industry I am still playing guitar, as well as many other instruments, and have been working on writing my own original tracks.

When summer comes around, a band i'm helping out with will be going on an east coast tour. Pretty pumped!

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:37 PM   #544
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Started playing the guitar when I was 18, was encouraged by an ex girlfriend to buy an instrument( she plays the drum) and also by Metal and rock bands like Metallica,Pink Floyd, guns n Roses etc plus I was growing tired of being a hardcore video gamer spending hours playing on a screen. After a while I taught myself how to play just by looking at tabs and I was progressing well but realized if I wanted to improve more quickly I would need a teacher, instead of playing songs all the time.

Its been a year and a half now since I started, I got a teacher and its pretty awesome and fun learning something every lesson . I'm looking for some people to play with so I can learn and it would be cool just to jam or even bigger plans. I just want to get good at playing the guitar
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Old 07-01-2013, 02:54 AM   #545
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Started "playing guitar" at like 12, never really practiced or put any time or effort into it. Started putting in an honest effort towards making music at 15, gradually started opening my mind towards actually getting better at my instrument (I used to be a really big 3 chords and the truth guy, just ask thePTOD) and now I'm actually trying to push myself to be somewhat of a player in the local music scene, as anemic as it is in my hometown.
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Old 08-15-2013, 04:23 PM   #546
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I started this thread how many years ago? I NEVER would have thought that I would get this many responses still this day.
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:20 PM   #547
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Started as an acoustic player. In my 2nd, I shifted to alternative rock and stayed there for several years. Decided to learn the blues in my 9th year and still doing it until now. It's my 11th year of guitar playing.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:19 AM   #548
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First guitar was a $40 Aria acoustic I bought wiht birthday money from my grandfather when I was 15.
Still have the first electric guitar I bought new in 73 - a 72 Fender Telecaster. Played in a high school band, then let things slide during college years.
Post-college played in a classic rock band and started writing (and playign out) originals. gave it up in late 80s when it stopped being fun and gigging got tough in the area - bands were playing 1 hour sets with 2-3 other bands per night at clubs.
Playing/writing became a 'once a month' thing until my wife got me a Guitarport that let me plug my Tele in the ocmputer and use all the FX I had never had before. Then I played at a priate party gig with some friends in 2010 and I realized I really missed playing in front of people.
By 2011 I had recorded and released my first CD - 40 years after starting guitar, so named it "40 Years of Life, Love, Happiness and all of those things". 2nd CD released in 2013. Played in a couple of bands in the last year+, currently running a regular open mic while looking for an acoustic band that needs another guitar/voice.
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:21 PM   #549
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I have been playing bass since middle school so for 14 years and have gone back and forth on upright versus electric bass. but ive done show tunes, classical music, jazz, pop etc but finally chose free improve because I love improvising all the time. I really love to be soloing on the bass so that was the life I chose but wanted to focus on something other than classical.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:24 PM   #550
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Wellurh! Back when i was fifteen, i got a girlfriend who played guitar - nothing especially amazing, just some chords and that, and she played with some other people in some sort of youth-program thing - for SOME reason, this made me want to play, it must have intrigued me, cause she really wasn't that into it. I was already VERY into music, more for art and lyrical content than musicianship in itself, since i didn't play or understand music at the time. My fave artist was Marilyn Manson. Actually, still is. Rather unorthodox, but there ya go.

So i told my old lady, who happened to work at a boarding-school kind of thing for troubled youths, and she referred me to the guy who ran the music program at her school. So i went to him and got a few lessons, learned some basic chords, but after very few lessons, the guy, sadly, moved away, and i went lessonless for a long time. But in this time, i kept practicing, i learned the typical basic things from a few mates, such as Metallica rythm-parts and yada-yada.

Then at 17, i started at a school for weirdoes that don't fit in anywhere (Gotten kicked out of every school, ever) And since i played some pretty basic guitar, and i've always been a fairly bright and humourous guy, i managed to befriend a tattooed, longhaired fellow, who had been playing in tons of bands for decades, since he was a teacher at the school. Pretty much that whole year, all i did in school, every day, was go to the music room, and be taught guitar by this guy. 8 hours a day. It was awesome.
I was very into extreme metal at the time, still dig it, and this guy made me appreciate stuff like Neil Young, Gary Moore, Zeppelin and all kinds of stuff - he taught me pentatonics, the major scale - and at home i played constantly and figured out how to apply the scales and their relation to eachother by myself.

Also, at 17, i recorded a Black Metal album, being into that stuff, and being good friends with most of the TRVE KVLT people from back in the early 90ies who started that stuff in Scandinavia - so i recorded in a studio of a semi-famous friend (As famous as you can be in Black Metal, i suppose :p)

At that time, my girlfriend left me (The same girlfriend from the beginning), and that completely ****ed with my mind, and i grew very depressed - to be honest, a state i never managed to snap completely out of. That's when i started playing alot of very deprissive, sad, acoustic and clean songs in my room, and played with effects such as reverb and delay alot.

Then, i went to a boarding school thingy, where i met a guy who was the most INSANE shredmachine i've ever met, and a great friend. This guy would literally play Yngwie Malmsteen songs as WARMUP. And he introduced me to his, and since then, my own biggest guitar-hero. Buckethead. I fell completely in love with Buckethead, his ways of playing and his style and melody. So i got alot into technical guitar, and practiced it constantly. I am sad to say, i never became a shredmachine. But i became.. Better. Aloooot better.

Age 19, a new year, a new boarding school (Told ya i got kicked out everywhere), this one specialized in music - i applied as a guitarist, and i did learn alot while i was there (Till i was kicked out...), but probably the biggest change in my musical life happened then. Turns out i was a pretty ****ing amazing singer. And i just never realized - never seriously sang before. And i ended up singing with a ton of musicians on that school, and lending vocals on a handful of records for people who needed it and such.

The last few years are abit of a haze honestly. Guitar, songwriting..
Here i am, at the age of 22. And the last couple of months, i've completely stopped practicing guitar in the way i used to, my interest have strayed from playing great solo's to writing great songs. Or atleast try to. I spend my time writing riffs, lyrics and vocal melodies for a three-piece band, where i sing and play guitar at the same time (Which is hard as ****.. imo) We play alot of different stuff. I'm very based in 90ies rock, i guess, with my love for stuff like Manson, Smashing Pumpkins and Type O Negative - our Synth/synthbass dude is a total indiehead, and infuses everything with radiohead-esque ambience. And our drummer is a prog-rocker. Tbh, probably the best drummer i ever played with. He is amazing.

The only sad thing is that my voice have has ****ed up alot lately. I'm a chainsmoker. Been smoking 2 packs and then some, every day, since i was 12. so that's 10 years - i am finally beginning to feel it, with everyday breathing problems, and now it's affecting my voice too.

So my plan for the future is to try and pack in the smoking, keep writing songs, and attempt to become adept at playing and singing at the same time, i find the multitasking thing INCREDIBLY hard. Also, at the ripe age of 22 i have developed a teenage-esque obsession with The Smashing Pumpkins, especially Billy Corgan. Am i the only one to realize that he's probably GOD of the vocal melody? Frickin' immense!

This was long, and i doubt anyone actually cares about it, but i thought it would be fun to write it out, just to remind myself. And it was!
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:11 AM   #551
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I started this thread 8 years ago and you've been playing guitar for 7 years. I started this thread a year before you thought about picking up guitar. Hot dayum.
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