#1
Hi readers. Welcome to the pilot run for a new series of threads intended to spice-up the plain white rice that this forum has become. I call it the "This is who I am" thread. The rules are simple: when given the go-ahead by a moderator (bother them here if you want to volunteer a bio a thread of your own), you must share as much info about you, your life, and your playing as you feel comfortable with and leave yourself open to interrogation by the rest of the forum. I have a feeling it will either be pretty entertaining or pretty awful.

...so here it goes.


This is who I am. I am Bryan. No, not the girl.



Index - Personal stats:

Height: 6' 3" (190.5 cm for all you non-'muricans)
Weight: 195, all c***
Age: 23 until April
Hair Color: Normal
Eye Color: Yes
Ethnic Heritage: Father is German and mother is Irish, making me Germish.
Language Fluencies: I wasn't aware there was anything beyond English.
Infirmities: Rolled my ankle on stairs today, foot is still swollen from a hockey game.
Car: 2010 Honda Fit, base model


Chapter 1 - Back-story:

I've always lived in northeastern CT. My father is a soft-spoken professor at the University of Connecticut and my mother is a sassy teacher for thugs at a nearby high school. My mom would swear that we were always "middle class," but in reality my family has always been fairly wealthy. I am the youngest in the family and have a brother, a half-brother, a half-sister, a lovely girlfriend (see above), and a goofy dog named Wally.

Last May, I graduated from UConn with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and some other things, and I now work as a process engineer at an aerospace machining company in the area. Because my work is so close, and my parents are so old, we've split my too-big childhood home into a duplex, with my parents upstairs, girlfriend and me downstairs, and dog anywhere he damn well pleases.

Chapter 2 - My guitar playing:

I started taking guitar lessons when I was eight or nine years old. I did it for a year or so and then struck out on my own. (As a creepy side note, just a few months ago, my former teacher got hauled in for child porn. No, he didn't try to touch my weiner.) I've played regularly since then, subbing in with bands and playing with friends. In 2008, my passions for online forums and guitars merged when I found this mythical place they call ultimate-guitar.com. So here I am today.

There probably isn't a genre of music that I don't like. With no exaggeration, my music library contains everything from Persian drumming to the Stooges to Britney Spears. It drives me nuts when I hear the phrase "Ugh, they call that music?" A genre-snob I am not. I also try to take a similarly open-minded approach to acoustics. They're all good.

Chapter 3 - Random facts:

If your digging for something juicy to ask me about, here are some things I've been really into at some point in my life: Hockey, skateboarding, guitar (HEYOOO), downhill mountain bike racing, breakdancing, people watching, reading, hiking, camping, building, cooking, motorcycling, pleasing women sexually, displeasing women sexually, singing, writing, designing devices, pot-stirring, and teaching the true secret to giving a great high-five.

It's also important to note that I don't normally dress like Sid Vicious, as seen above.

That's about all I have time for because it's late and I have to wake up to go be a slave to the US war machine. What else could you suckers possibly want from me?
Last edited by GC Shred Off at Mar 22, 2011,
#3
Quote by Necronomicon
No offense to you, but this seems kind of boring...

Then let's just talk about strings instead.
#5
good questions!

Quote by Winsbury

What got you into playing guitar in the first place? And is there a band/musician in particular that you look upto, that gives you inspiration to play?


and GC Shred Off, what guitars do you presently own?
Quote by Skeet UK
I just looked in my Oxford English Dictionary and under "Acoustic Guitar", there was your Avatar and an email address!
#7
Like the format. Good write-up.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#8
Quote by Winsbury
What got you into playing guitar in the first place? And is there a band/musician in particular that you look upto, that gives you inspiration to play?

I blame my brother for getting me into it. He was actually a drummer, but having all his bandmates around just seemed so cool to me as a kid. As for inspiration, I'd give Jack White the most credit. Not that I always like what he plays, per say, I just like his whole attitude toward the thing.

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and GC Shred Off, what guitars do you presently own?

Only four, actually. For acoustics, I have a Sigma DR-28H and a Tacoma EK36-C. For electrics, I have a Univox Les Paul and a Mexican Strat. I don't plan on adding any more additions soon because I've found that the instrument I'm playing doesn't really dictate how much fun I have.
#9
Any particular favourite artists? Or at least currently most listened to music?
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#10
You say you don't normally dress like Sid, so does your girl usually dress like...that?
جورجيا الاباحى؟ أيها
#11
Quote by captivate
Any particular favourite artists? Or at least currently most listened to music?

In no particular order, I like Nickel Creek, Tupac, the Ting Tings, the Kooks, the Strokes, Bela Fleck, Foo Fighters, Florence and the Machine, Bob Dylan, Nelly, Billy Idol, Mos Def, the Rolling Stones, etc. The only artists I don't really like are those who are super talented but write dumb songs. John Mayer and U2 would be fine examples.

Most recently, I've been listening to this sweet swing band called "Royal Crown Review." I highly recommend them to everyone.

Quote by Talk Box
You say you don't normally dress like Sid, so does your girl usually dress like...that?

Don't I wish.
Last edited by GC Shred Off at Mar 22, 2011,
#12
Local thugs? That's screaming Windham High or Windham Tech...either way, roll down to the NL to see some real thugz. I'm perfectly happy teaching the farm kids in REAL Northeastern CT.

Gear:
Partscaster/Tele into a bunch of pedals, a Maz 18 head, and a Z Best cab.
#13
double post, because who's going to call me on it?

I like how you put it all together. Some interesting stuff going on in there...any current projects (of the band sort?)?

Gear:
Partscaster/Tele into a bunch of pedals, a Maz 18 head, and a Z Best cab.
#14
Quote by roamingbard13
Local thugs? That's screaming Windham High

Dang, you're good.

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any current projects (of the band sort?)?

Not since finishing school. With the pool of potential bandmates so radically shrunken, I can't seem to find anything besides other guitarists. I could potentially play with my brother, the drummer, but family bands rarely turn out well.

I have recruited one of my good friends to do some lyric writing for me, which is great because creating lyrics is my least favorite part of the whole music making ordeal. Maybe I'll get to work on some of that. ...hmmm...
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Quote by GC Shred Off
In no particular order, I like Nickel Creek, Tupac, the Ting Tings, the Kooks, the Strokes, Bela Fleck, Foo Fighters, Florence and the Machine, Bob Dylan, Nelly, Billy Idol, Mos Def, the Rolling Stones, etc. The only artists I don't really like are those who are super talented but write dumb songs. John Mayer and U2 would be fine examples.

Most recently, I've been listening to this sweet swing band called "Royal Crown Review." I highly recommend them to everyone.


Don't I wish.

Blog Of Awesome UGers.
Quote by OddOneOut
I seem to attract girls.
Which is annoying, cos I'm a girl and I like cock.

Quote by IRISH_PUNK13
Being an idiot should be illegal too.
#16
Quote by GC Shred Off
With the pool of potential bandmates so radically shrunken, I can't seem to find anything besides other guitarists.


Is that such a bad thing?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7Rn26bOyzM

Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#17
I'm liking this man, though a lot more could have been said about your musical tastes, especially in acoustic based music and your involvement in your local scene, maybe more about your gear, but who am I to judge?
#18
^ I was thinking this was like a non-music side of things, but also would prefer more on bands and styles etc.

But that might lead to arguemnts
Blog Of Awesome UGers.
Quote by OddOneOut
I seem to attract girls.
Which is annoying, cos I'm a girl and I like cock.

Quote by IRISH_PUNK13
Being an idiot should be illegal too.
#19
Quote by Venice King
^ I was thinking this was like a non-music side of things, but also would prefer more on bands and styles etc.

But that might lead to arguemnts


Hmm, true. But it is nice to get to know the regulars in a bit of detail, rather than just a username/avatar. I suppose all questions people want can be answered in here.

I suppose if theres anything unique about your playing, that would be quite interesting too, or favourite styles of playing, but the formats pretty good, and the benchmarks been set pretty high, IMO.
#20
Quote by Stud_Muffin
I'm liking this man, though a lot more could have been said about your musical tastes, especially in acoustic based music and your involvement in your local scene, maybe more about your gear, but who am I to judge?

My gear is pretty uninspiring, but since you've asked... I have two amps, a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe for electric and some obscure 50W Peavey Bass amp for my acoustic. That bass amp was a bit of a lucky grab actually, because the it was offered to me just before spending a LOT of money on a fresh new Genz Benz Shenandoah. Thank God, because it sounds tremendous. I use an LR Baggs M1 pickup for the soundmaking.

I use no pedals or effects for the most part. When I record, I use MXL mics through a Tascam US-122 interface with an outdated (but legal, surprisingly) version of SONAR. I never took the time to really nail down my recording techniques, nor am I particularly patient about it, so lots of the music I've made doesn't sound particularly good to my ears.

Other than that, I use Fender medium picks, monster cables, and D'Addario EXP medium strings. Nothing spectacular.

Quote by Stud_Muffin
I suppose if theres anything unique about your playing, that would be quite interesting too, or favourite styles of playing

Hmm... I don't really have a favorite style, so to speak, but most of what I play is strumming-for-your-friends type songs. If there's something unique about my playing, it's probably my minimal concern for perfect note clarity, fret squeak, or all the other little imperfections that come with playing. Not to say I botch all my notes, but I much prefer to hear someone playing enthusiastically rather than gingerly tip-toeing through songs.

If I have one peeve about some players' styles, it's that they too often overlook the emphasis in their playing. In my opinion, it takes a good player to play lots of notes fast and make it sound good, but it takes an exceptional player to play three chords and make them sound good. It's really an underrated skill.
Last edited by GC Shred Off at Mar 23, 2011,
#21
What drove you to get a Honda Fit?
Quote by necrosis1193
As usual Natrone's mouth spouts general win.

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man, Natrone you're some kind of ninja I swear


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plexi


i realize the longshot that is. little giant to humongous one.


Rest In Peace Stevie Ray
#22
Quote by Natrone
What drove you to get a Honda Fit?

Lots of things. It weighs less than a Mini, gets better than 40 miles per gallon, has more room in the backseat than an Explorer, holds more stuff than most midsize sedans, and costs less than just about everything else. Plus it's entertaining as hell to drive. I couldn't not get it. I try to use it mainly as a supplement for those days when my motorcycles won't fit the bill for one reason or another.
#23
It's actually a very fun car to drive if you've got it in manual. You can thrash it around because it weighs almost nothing.
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

Have an acoustic guitar? Don't let your guitar dry out! Click here.
#24
It's on my short list of vehicles that I may purchase soon...gas at $4 a gallon is no joke, and the Honda Fit is surpisingly roomy, even with my 6'2" wide-load frame in it.

Gear:
Partscaster/Tele into a bunch of pedals, a Maz 18 head, and a Z Best cab.
#25
Ah. Makes sense. I didn't know that they were actually roomy cars. They seem absolutely miniscule just looking from the outside.
Quote by necrosis1193
As usual Natrone's mouth spouts general win.

Quote by Silverstein14
man, Natrone you're some kind of ninja I swear


Quote by gregs1020
plexi


i realize the longshot that is. little giant to humongous one.


Rest In Peace Stevie Ray
#26
Quote by Natrone
They seem absolutely miniscule just looking from the outside.

I thought the same thing until I got into one. It blew my mind.