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#1
So as 2009 is drawing to a close, I believe it's a good time to look back on your year and its highlights, good and bad.

This year has been very varied for me, ranging from epic jams to band failures, the ever present teenage drama bullshit and my acceptance into the best music school in Australia (all my Christmases at once!). I developed a keen interest in classical guitar and classical music and took that up. I also discovered BTBAM and fell in love with all of their music. All of it. I've lost many people who I thought were my friends and I achieved an overall pleasing result in my School Certificate. I also discovered I'm in the top 16th percentile of children who have taken the WISC IV test.

So overall, I'm mostly pretty proud of this year, if I could have changed anything about it, I probably would have practiced classical guitar more and studied theory earlier.

So how about you, Pit Monkeys? Have you guys got any new years resolutions? Fulfill any you made from the beginning of this year? Anything really!
#2
It was aight.
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#3
My year was great. I decided fuck my senior year. I'm going on independant study and doing it over summer. I started college in the fall, and I got a Rickenbacker after 3 years of saving.
#5
It was okay I guess. I got kicked out of uni then accepted back into the same uni a few months later. I lived in four or five different places, so constantly moving was a hassle. Had the same missus all year long, she's doing pretty good. My resolutions last year were to give up booze and fags, both of which I managed. Can't really complain.
#8
Shit in general. Moving job to job and being unemployed. Thank you global financial crisis.
#10
I think BTBAM are extremely overrated. Sure, they're technical, but their music just doesn't grip me at all. I'm actually kind of sad that I don't like them, since they're supposed to be one of those bands that theory geeks are supposed to get into, but they're really meh to me.

*awaits onslaught from angry Pit Monkeys after stating my opinion on their favorite band*

Yeah, so here's the highlights of 2009 for me:

Graduated high school
Discovered my bisexuality
Dropped Christianity for deism

Those are kinda big, I guess, but I hoped I would, you know, write something, whether musical or literary, this year. Nope. I throw stuff away if it's not perfect. I guess you could call it my fatal flaw.
#11
It was ok, apart from the fact that I ended up not doing any of the things I planned to.
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#12
Oh, and I also got worse at guitar, since I stopped lessons for like nine months and didn't really practice at all during that time.

#13
I would rate it low, multiple failures with relationships, laid off at least four times, been poor most of the year, my band broke up and spent what little money I did have on drugs. So yah hopefully next year can rid me of the memory of this year.
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#14
Quote by Holy Katana
I think BTBAM are extremely overrated. Sure, they're technical, but their music just doesn't grip me at all. I'm actually kind of sad that I don't like them, since they're supposed to be one of those bands that theory geeks are supposed to get into, but they're really meh to me.

*awaits onslaught from angry Pit Monkeys after stating my opinion on their favorite band*



Took me a while to get into them, watched the Colors DVD a lot just cause it was great show and the guitarwork was wild to see. Eventually I started picking out bits of it I liked and before I knew it they were all i was listening too.
Some songs are a bit dense with not much to hold onto but after a while you fall in love with them too.
Selkies is a good starting point.
#15
You can't guarantee that I will, bud. I really wish I could put what I don't like about them into words, but it's hard. I have nothing against similar bands, like The Human Abstract, but I just can't dig BTBAM. Sorry, Paul Waggoner fellaters, they're just not my thing.
#16
Hmm I had some failed relationships and got into kind of a slump with guitar playing/bands. On the positive, I went to heaps of good parties and tried tons of new shit (*cough* drugs). Also, I got massively into Alice in Chains and I'm now completely obsessed with them. So in conclusion....not much happened.
#17
low. last month seperated from 7 year relationship, now need to get a second job need to sell a house and need to give away my cats. music teaching is dying away and recently tried to frequent with friends i lost but they werent interested. also gave up the dream of having a cool prog rock band as its too hard to get the right players and pretty much resigned all my virtuoso playing practice and aspirations to the dustbin

so its back to square one in 2010 i hope.
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#18
Quote by Holy Katana
You can't guarantee that I will, bud. I really wish I could put what I don't like about them into words, but it's hard. I have nothing against similar bands, like The Human Abstract, but I just can't dig BTBAM. Sorry, Paul Waggoner fellaters, they're just not my thing.


fair dues, just more of Paul's sweet ass to kiss for me .

#19
The last months are somewhat ok, but the rest of the year is shit.

I started Kansas, Rush, Dire Straits, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, and Thin Lizzy during the last 5-6 months. That's my favorite bands now.
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#20
I'll try listening to them again. It's not like I hate them or anything, it's just that I don't see what the big deal about them is. Oh, look, a prog metal band with diverse influences! Oh, look, they're young!

I guess I'm just jaded.

EDIT: Okay, the problem was that UG set my expectations way too high. Hearing about them here made me think that they were some sort of ultra-cutting-edge band that was doing stuff never before done. They're just a very technical prog metal band, and I'm not usually fazed by technique, so I was rather underwhelmed.

I was expecting the harmonic content of their songs to be a bit more complex, too. I was severely disappointed. As complex their music is rhythmically, I was hoping they'd be on the very edge of tonality, a la early 20th century classical composers or contemporary jazz.
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#21
Found havayoth.
Life was complete.

Got mashed with mates throughout summer holidays
And passed GCSEs with flying colours - besides geography
Got into college, doing music. Played some gigs.
Bought an Agile 727, love it to bits
Girlfriend moved to New Zealand with her parents as of October, movng back hopefully by August


Some others things musta happened, can't think off the top of my head tho =P
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#22
Jan-May: Sucked hobo ass.
May-Oct: Best months of my life.
Oct-Dec: Once again, sucking homeless mans ass.
People are bastards. Bastardcoated bastards with bastardfilling.
#23
Jan-October: Shitsville.
November-Present: Best couple of months I've had in 3 years. Feeling so good right now.
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#24
My year wasn't too bad.
Lost my V's as soon as the year started lol was a great new years. I had a gf for the first 6 months, who i thought was the most amazing girl i would ever meet, still think that to day, But she broke up with me But overall it's been a fantastic year, i turned 18 (legal aussie limit for DRINKING!!!!) i've been out every weekend, and some week nights since, so that's been great.
But overally, out of ten, the year would be a 8/10.
The break up was the worst thing to happen, but shit happens, im over it :P

HERE I COME 2010!!
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#25
graduated high school, got into college, 'had' more girls this year than the total amount in the previous 17 years, been to some great parties, met my dad for the first time in my life. But i've also been bored to the teeth from time to time. year was aight. Somehow i feel 2010 will be better tho.
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#26
Might as well join in lol
Well my year started off ok, then my mad ex-wife stopped me seeing my daughter for no reason
my band fell apart
started court proceedings against my ex
got lumbard with loads of debts from when i was with my ex
got a new girlfriend
admitted my bisexuality to everyone but my family lol
started writing my own music since my band dispersed

so basically pretty up and down but mainly going down hill at the moment so heres to next year being a lot better!
#27
Turned 16. Got my License. Partied. Started a Band. Epic Moments. Fail Moments.
#28
Well, in January I found /mu/. Now I can't enjoy half of the music I used to listen to. Thanks, internet.
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#29
mixed feelings about this year.. It began awesome with a skiing holiday with my mates. then I met my girlfriend and we had a wonderfull summer together, but after 6 months she dumped me for no apparent reason . Band keeps getting better and better so thats a good thing, although we're probably gonna need a new bassist.
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#30
It was mostly one of the most boring years of my life. But I went to Japan, which is probably one of the, if not the most awesome things I've ever done. So it was probably, as a whole, alright.
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#31
shit.

The only good things i can say is that i've been improving my guitar playing a lot and that throughout the year i've gotten a rig thats a step up from my old Spider 3.

Meanwhile nothing in my life has changed from last year, which in a way just makes it feel worse. I haven't been to any parties or even a girlfriend yet, socially my life is pretty boring and i feel as if i'm missing out.

Although i probably didn't that that impressively this year in school i think next year i'll do better. I'm gonna be in year 11 and get to take the subjects i chose, and get to drop all the shit ones that give me no motivation to actually complete work or study (like geography). I've also realised that my hair looks a lot better shorter and that it makes me look a little thinner.
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#32
I realized that I hated the career path I chose, and my life has been hell since. I don't even remember the beginning of the year.


On the plus side, I got a tele.
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Highway One Tele (w/Custom Shop 51 Nocaster pickups)
Standard Tele (modded to Nashville specs)
Reverend Roundhouse

Orange Rockerverb 50 MKI
Vox AC4c1
Jet City JCA20H

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#33
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my acceptance into the best music school in Australia.
What school? I got accepted into AIM the other day.

As for my year, it started off pretty shit, with me breaking up with my girlfriend of 7 months on New Year's Day.
But, I moved on with a number of girls, graduated high school with not-too-bad results and got accepted into AIM's Bachelor of Music course.
Although, I'm still 17 and most of my friends turned 18 this year, so I can't go out like they do.

'Twas an alright year.
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#34
It was pretty dull.
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#35
met some people,new school,new friends,improved a little bit on guitar,improved GAMING SKILLZZ,got a Boss MD-2,etc

So yeah it's been a good year
#36
Started university, henceforth anything from September onwards is too explicit for even The Pit in all its glory.

Before September, average.
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#38
Hmm...I went from making out for the first time to having sex for the first time, that wasn't too bad. I also improved my songwriting much more, and I think I might have a band in the future because my Rhythm guitarist is getting real good and practicing more.
#39
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What school? I got accepted into AIM the other day.

As for my year, it started off pretty shit, with me breaking up with my girlfriend of 7 months on New Year's Day.
But, I moved on with a number of girls, graduated high school with not-too-bad results and got accepted into AIM's Bachelor of Music course.
Although, I'm still 17 and most of my friends turned 18 this year, so I can't go out like they do.

'Twas an alright year.



Sydney Conservatorium High School. NSW's only specialist public music school and it's pretty damn awesome.
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