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#81
i have alwayed liked rock music (i didnt know what was metal back then) when i was a kid and when i was 11 i went to this gig of unknown bands and decided i have to learn the guitar.

so i told my parents and my mom said she wouldn't let me learn unless i learn the piano too. i agreed and so i started the guitar. but i have never practiced the piano and skived all the lessons hehe.
#82
Year 1 - Age 10
Started playing snare drum in school. Didnt really listen to much music yet.
Year 3 - Age 13
Got onto the drum set and got into classic rock.
Year 4 - Age 14
Got into my first band.
Year 5 - Age 15
Joined another band (on drums), started playing guitar.
Thats basically it.
#83
Year 1- I think my first musical memory is when I was maybe 6, I was trying to take a nap on the living room couch and my dad was listening to Knockin' on Heaven's Door. He likes classical, but he always gets those dumb free sample things from Borders that have random songs on them.

Year 2- I was about 8 in 2nd grade when I started piano. Not to brag, but I found that I have an ear for music and I really liked it.

Year 3- Age 9....more piano.

Year 4- Age 10, more piano.

Year 5- Age 11, starting to get bored with classical piano, started doing more ragtime stuff.

Year 6- Age 12, quit piano in November due to uber-stress from boxing, SciOly, etc. etc.
That summer, I was bored as hell and needed something to do. My best friend had started taking acoustic guitar lessons about 4 weeks before and said "Hey, why don't you start guitar?" So I met her teacher and started with him a couple weeks later.

I had been using a borrowed acoustic from my teacher, but that December I got my first electric, my Strat. I started getting more serious about guitar.

I don't remember exactly when, but I started getting into punk and ska.

Year 7- Age 13. Here I am now. I'm pretty serious about guitar. I'm also pretty obsessed with punk and ska; buying albums, going to shows, etc.
My best friend and I also got a band started this summer.
#84
Well I'll start by saying I'm 16 now to give you guys a barometer of when this is all happening.

Well, my sister started playing piano when I was about 5, so not to be outdone, I got a junior acoustic and begged my parents for lessons when i was about 7. Ironically enough I've remembered that little guy and am now trying to figure out what to do with that [thread="412469"]here[/thread] if you guys wanna get an idea of where i started. Haha sorry didnt mean to spam. But anyways. So I took lessons for about half a year and quit. I was sobbing when I told my teacher I wanted to quit. Why? Probably a little bit cuz I was a huge pussy and a little bit because I had big rockstar dreams. So that chapter was closed.

I had always played that same junior acoustic verrry on and off for until around August 2004. I picked it up a lot then. I don't know why. I just remembered all these old books I had and started learning. For a good part of the rest of that year, I spent time playing that guitar and learning the majority of that book. Now my parents were freaked out because I had never done anything with that much passion. This seemed to be sticking and they could tell I really enjoyed it. So December rolled around and I was seriously considering buying an electric. Now there also happens to be that special holiday where glorious gifts are handed to young prodigies such as myself. So my parents sat me down mid month. And we had a good long talk. They obviously wanted to make sure this wasn't a fluke. And in the end they told me not to buy one and we spent the rest of the month researching (my dad is big into research.... not fun really when you just have and impulse buy and he says ".....well did you look into this?") But anyways. So I got an Ibanez RG120. Now I had been looking at an even lower ibanez, GRX I think, well gc didnt have that so I guess I got lucky and i was very excited to see something better than what I expected. And I got a Marshall MG10 ( I know lucky me), but they got the job done nonetheless. So I of course started playing the old Green Day Dookie riffs and whatnot, and I think the first semi-difficult song I learned was Purple Haze. Then of course Stairway. But I really played at least an hour every day, even in the school year. And that got tough. Especially with my parents. and we've had our battles. Although they've always said , they would never take it away. Which I appreciate greatly, guitar always seems to take the blame for any problem.

So that developed. And I should mention, most of my friends were getting into guitar at the same time which sort of helped fuel me too. We've always seemed to have a bit of competition going on, but I think we all have a certain amount of respect for each other.

Wow this is getting long and off topic....

So I really picked it up, and have had a great teacher since a few months after starting. I then got a Digitech RP80 for my birthday in March. As much crap as people give the pedal, it's helped mold me as a guitarist. It became a great exploring tool, and I think a multi effects pedal is great for people like me that cant afford to buy a million different pedals . But I explored new sounds, modeled a lot of my favorite bands, I.E. Floyd, Rage, etc. And I still use many of them to this day. I owe a lot to that thing and would be horrible if it was just me and my marshall.

so my first real band experience came later last year. My friend Jeff and I started a band and I dubbed the name Mojave Suicide (I know god awful). So we shopped around for some new guys and sorted through a slew of drumners, in true spinal tap fashion, as well as guitarists. And we actually developed a decent fanbase. Now my friends ragged on us because of the number of name changes and because Jeff wasn't a spectacular singer. So our name changed from Mojave to Seventh Story Fire to Antenora to Letteromantic and finalyl Last Flight Out. That name stuck for a while. So with the name, our style changed as well. We went from sort of an indie/alternative sound to like, screamo / hardcore. And I was starting to get irritated. As people would tell me to write more ****. And I would but they would never listen. And so I was basically on the chopping block the whole time, and I what no one seemed to understand was I was doing a favor for them in compromising because I was always branching out of my style and not really enjoying myself. So super bowl sunday this year, as the Seahawks are getting their asses kicked, I quit the group for good. I had been out of the loop for a while and didnt know about practices or anything for a while. So they went on started playing shows, played a couple pretty big ones in the area and eventually broke up a couple weeks ago.

Now the Hollywood ending. I grew more this year when I got a gorgeous koa washburn acoustic for christmas, I know thank god for christmas. But really I wouldve bought everything anyways, but it is nice to have someone else pay for it. So I've started doing acoustic stuff with my friends a lot more (sig) and it sort of helps me cool down a lot and is much easier to write lyrics to, I feel. I still do prefer electric though and appreciate the variety of sounds you can expand into. And I get gratification from everything, a new catchy riff, a new lyrical piece, and from others. Recently, a friend of told me he thought I was the best guitarist in town. Now in a town with zillions of excellent guitarists and a huge thickly settled town, that meant a lot to me. This was not just any friend, too. This was a friend who just a few months before that, made fun of me constantly and told me I sucked, the whole shebang. I also admired this kid as a guitarist. I actually used to think he was best in town. So needless to say, it felt great.

So that's pretty much my story. As I'm going to be a junior next year, it's geting into college time now. And my heart is set on music as my future. We'll see where my path takes me. I still play every day. And continue to improve. I look back on the past two years playing guitar and I can honestly say I am proud of what I've done.

Wow I honestly apologize. I have wicked bad ADD and I may come back and cut this down. But ya sorry haha.

P.S. If it makes you guys feel any better about me getting all this stuff for my birthday and christmas....... this year for my birthday I got a couple packs of Fatties strings and a bottle of body wash.

Edit: Cool triple post too.
Last edited by 2muchTV at Aug 14, 2006,
#85
ok, when i was four, my father bought me i guitar, which i barely touched till i was 14, when i was grounded from watching tv for a week,

year 1, played crap, which is what it was crap

year 2, played crappy rythum for the first half, im just starting to get the hang of it now,

beginning of year 3: started a band, named prollynot, still need a lead and drums though...
#86
Part1:
As i hit age 12 i had an sudden interest in music but not music making yet, i was listening to more metal and some strange yngwiee (sp?) malmsteen stuff.
Part2:
When was 13 years and 6 days old, my friend came to visit me and we were talking, he was bragging how he threw like 6 baskets from 5m without missing, and i was thinking how to compensate it, i took out the 25 year old russian acoustic piece of **** that was overally horrible, and i had seen Kirk Hammett play guitar, and i fretted very slowly and very hard, and my friend said: "whoah, you can play, i think i know this song" turns out i was kinda meddling seven nation army. That was my first drive.
Part3:
From the moment talked in part 2, i immediatly started learning the acoustic guitar, i went to the internet, and found this site on a gaming messageboard, i immediatly went to the lessons place, and from the few moments ownwards i knew how to read tablature and play by tablature.
Part4:
Now i was already playing acoustic for 2 months, and really being sloppy because of the very bad guitar, then one time my uncle who also plays guitar came to visit us and then said that this guitar sucks hard, and that he can borrow me one of his old electric guitars, my eyes immediatly lit up and i got the guitar. Musima 25k Deluxe, i still remember how shiny the pickguard was, it was just been cleaned, i also bought my first strings,strap and cable. My uncle also gave me an solidstate 150 watt amp and an huge speaker.
Around christmas i bought my first pedal Zoom505 I I it is pretty kickass, for the price, if you turn the gain low you can get this nice cutting distortion.
Part5:
Well, here i am now, playing a lot of metallica, learning to play faster and soloing. I have now played 1 full year, and i will most definetly will be playing the guitar all my life.

So yeah this is my biography now I am 14 years old and will hope to soon make a band.
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#87
okay here it goes...

Year 1, Age 8
I was in the car, driving home from somewhere and i heard my Dad playing some crazy music. so i asked him what he was playing he said it was crossfire, from SRV. I decided i would play guitar then and there, and nothing would change my mind. So i got a guitar and went to my uncle for lessons. I starded with power chords, songs like Redemption song, Day tripper, Iron Man, And Smoke on the Water. I thought was great, but i got bored very quickly because the car ride to the lesson was so long and i was starting to learn the pentatonic and barre chords. I didnt like this, so i quit. i didnt play for a bout a year and a half after that.

Year 2, Age 10
One day when i came home from school and i noticed a guitar on a stand in my room, and reaLIZED it was mine. so i picked it u and started messing around with, after a short while i relearned iron man and was hooked again. i got this book that showed everything and for about a year ii taught myself. i learned the most basic music theory, learned a few major chords, and got tabs and lessons off of this very website. i was on the right track.

Year 3, Age 11
At this pint i was getting serious about guitar. i got lessons from a couple different people for a while, then got lessons with a really good teacher. i learned simle techniques klike hammer-ons and pulloffs, i learned most chords and the pentatonic scale. but some how i took a wrong turn and got into pop punk and emo music!!! GASP! i learned those kind of song for a while. and although i was learning that kind of garbage, i began realizing i had potential.

Year 4, age 12
Now i was really into guitar. i started learned major scales, advanced barre chords, and the greatest thing, classic rock was slowly eased into my musical tastes untiil all traces of emo-ness dissapeared. i got into an amazing band called the red hot chili peppers and learned all the song i knew from them. i was become one with my guitar. i started to exxpress myself through it.

Year 5, Age 13 - Now
Now i am learning advanced technioques likedifferent bends, phrasing, fretting/muting with my thumb, overtones, slide guitar, creative and advanced palm muting, and i have almost mastered all of them. i have broaden my musical tastes with Blues, Classic Rock, Psychedelic rock, Funk-Rock, Jazz and other genres. I feel every note i play and do alot of blues improv. i am starting to write and record songs, and am going ****ing insane because i broke my arm and can barely play.
CTHC
#88
wow...okay...Mines really short...


Part One : Aged 7

Was into Guitars after picking up my uncles guitar..played it around for ahwile..and thought (hey,easy)....Damn was I wrong..Being spoilt by a psychotic aunt who wanted to claim me as her real son(damn, that scares me) they picked up a begginers guitarfor me...Having no interest quite shortly later...The Guitar did nothing but collect dust...but I always wanted to start a band

Part Two : Aged 8

I was offered a place in a rap group(before rocking and singing,I did lots of rapping,and hates it now) but eventually was broken up for certain reasons..Then Begins the depressing part of my life...My aunt went completely nuts and kidnapped me for half a year..began brainwashing me into thinking shes my real mom...but thankfully my dad came to take me back..he loves rock (Pink Floyd,GnR,Metallica,Bon Jove were the first rock songs he introduced to me) and he turned up some rock songs for me,beacause I was Partly brainwashed,I was scared and stuff,he cheered me up with those rock songs...Rock then became the most important part of my life.

Part three : Aged 10

As My Knowledge In Rock increased,I remembered the guitar and thought "I wanna rock,get a guitar"..Soon later,I got a Starsun Acoustic...Which didnt do much,but is my most cherished guitar..cuz its my first...I didnt like it that much cuz I wanted electrics..But when I started playin Greenday In acoustic..It wasnt so bad,I thought...but I didnt exactly "take it up" yet...

Part Four : Aged 12
I started taking guitar up more seriously,it eventually grew up to be the most important part in my life...I have imnsomnia cuz I play guitar..eventually became better...

Currently : Aged 13

When Secondary School Started,my friends and I had enough skills to launch the band(It was started a year ago but I didnt launch the band cuz everyone sucked)...one more guitarist tagged in and currently were jamming and discussing about our band...Nothing to me is more important than my band..Cuz im the dubbed leader of the band...I manage the band and **** studies,I love my band more than that. Bad Grades,Good Progress in Guitar and Band..
No rly?

Ya rly.
#89
Story time!

From listening to Brittany Spears to Avenged Sevenfold - How the hell?

Okay, way way back in the day, when I was a little ankle biter, I used to listen to Brittany Spears, Christina Agulara, and all those other poopy bands (oops, did I say poopy? I meant poppy, really I did). Anyway, at the time, my oldest sister would lock herself in her room and listen to a metal and kinds of stuff I thought was satanic. She was gothic. She scard the sh*t out of me (but seeing as how I was quite young, I sh*t myself fairly regullarly anyways). So years later, I turn 14, and I hear my sister (who had now grown out of the gothic stage and was just really happy and nice all the time... kinda crazy) playing "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by the Darkness. I really liked the song, so I asked if I could borrow her CD and she let me. Anyways, the next day I asked her what else she had that she thought I'd like. So, after she showed me a few CDs, she showed me some Iron Maiden. I was hooked! I'd never heard anything like it. I thought everything she had been listening to all these years was sreaming, kitten sacrificing bands, but no, there was some good stuff! After I burned all of the Iron Maiden CDs she had (almost all they made, I think she just didn't have the live albums), I started getting into all of the other good music she had (Edguy, Hammerfall, Bad Religion, GNR, Cans, mostly European metal stuff). Well, there's how I got into good music.

"You're gonna play guitar? Ha, you won't get far..."

That's what my friend said when I said I wanted to play. That bastard. He said I wouldn't play longer than four months... But, more on that later. It was the beginning of my 8th grade year, and 2 of my best friends played guitar. One day we had to do some report for our music class, and they ended up playing Hotel California in class which I thought was just out of this world. At the time, I had never even thought about guitar. Nor had I realized that there was at least one in almost every band. Ya see, I had never really thought about how music was made, I just listened to it, so it was at this time that a new door opened in my life. I went home and asked my mom about guitar and me playing. She went and got her Taylor from when she used to play (ya right, it was some $10 guitar at most with plastic strings..). My mom handed me a guitar book, and she said good luck.

Actually Starting

Umm... I sucked. I could't hit the right string, I play anything but on the first string, and I pretty much, well, sucked. It didn't help that the guitar wasn't in tune either... We tried to tune it to our piano which worked, but it didn't help because as luck would have it, our piano was probably even further out of tune than the guitar. So after about a month of trying to pretend to play on this peice of wood with plastic attached to it, I decided I wanted an electric like my friends. My parents where weary about letting me get something that was going to be so expensive when I had only been trying for about a month. Heck, my gothic sister used to play acoustic, and they wouldn't let her get an electric until she was done with a year of acustic and lessons. But, my parents ended up letting me, so we went to Guitar Center to check things out. I Didn't know anything about what was good in a guitar, so we pretty much were just like "Can you show me something for $150, that's um, good?". Anyways, the guy showed us some guitar packages, but we ended up buying a used Behringer 15 watt amp, and a Squire Bullet guitar.

The beginning, end, beginning again, and present

I started out not being able to play power chords, not being able to hit the correct string, and not being able to use a pick. Again, I sucked, but my mom was always telling me how good I was (to be nice I hope, if not, man she'd better go have her ears checked...). While my mom was telling me I was great, my brother was always telling me I sucked and that I should learn something good. When I tried to learn the song he wanted me to play, he'd still say it sucked and didn't sound anything like the real thing (half of it was bad playing, okay 98%, but the other 2% was I didn't have good equipment). So I pretty much just stopped playing for about a month. But then, my brother went back to colledge, and I started playing again now that I didn't have anyone to tell me that I sucked. After just a few short months of playing, I was already better than one of my other friends who had been playing for about a year.

Now

I'm still playing, and learning new songs. It's been nearly a year since I started. I'm planning on getting a new guitar, so be expecting a new thread in a day or two asking for help on choosing.

Final words

Remember that kid who said I wouldn't play for more than 4 months? He started playing... than quit after about 2 months.


-"Son, hurry up, it's almost time to go!"

-"Okay daddy, almost ready."

-"Got your pads son?"

-"Yes dad."

-"Have your helmet?"

-"Yes dad, I do."

-"Good, your bus should be here any minute now..."
#90
I started playing Guitar at age 11...

So, first year:

I learned the basics and a few songs, but I never really got good cause I wouldnt practice.

Second:
At this point I began playing classical, rather than electric, mostly because I took a class in school. I actually got pretty damn good at classical too, learned Fur Elise, Maleguena, Allegro, etc.

Third year.

Ah, eighth grade. I still played classical, but towards the end of the year, me and my friend started a band, thus, I picked up my electric and am really happy I did. I am now pretty good, getting better, plus, I like it more than when I started... I have a few songs jotted down on ptab... At the moment though, I'm learning The Leper Affinity on my own and I'm learning different arppegios with my teacher.
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It's like Fenriz and J. Read

"I'm so happy to love metal and stuff"

"I AM metal"
#91
At First

When I was five, I loved listening to my Dad play his Acoustic (Palmer Nylon Acoustic - Still has it, but broken), so I decided that for Christmas I wanted to get a guitar.

When Christmas came, I got an kiddy size cheap nylon string guitar with a chord book and a song book. I kept getting annoyed trying to learn chords after about two month, and packed it up.

Then...
October 2005 - Me and my Cousin are ran over. I almost die, but survive.
Near the end of October 2005 - I sit at home, doing nothing, lay out on my bed in the living room (Could not get up stairs) with a cast all the way up my leg. My Dad buys a Electric Guitar and amp, and starts rocking away. He then plays local Hero - The song that Newcastle United (My favourite Football Team) always come on the pitch to. I think to myself "That could be me rockin' away". A few days later, I tell my Dad I wanna learn Guitar, then he takes me to the local store in the wheel chair I had to use to get around, and I purchase a DVD. I kept watching the DVD and used my Dads Electro-Acoustic (Ovation) to practice the chords to Wild Thing.

So...
On November 1st 2005 me and my Dad go to the local Guitar store, and enquire about a Guitar. The guy in the store tells us he has a cheap Second Hand electric for sale, and so I purchase it. From then, I started playing very seriously.

Two Month Later
After playing for two month, I tried learning Purple Haze from my DVD, and I got inspired by that song a lot. I soon learned my favourite chord - E7#9. I also then started listening to Rock - Mainly Guns N' Roses, Hendrix, Greenday, etc.

After playing six months
I decided to start playing Guns N' Roses. I thought it'd be too hard, but I quickly picked up the intro, and the chorus Lead parts to Sweet Child O' Mine, and the Intro to Knocking on Heavens Door. From then on, I became obsessed with GnR, Slash, and the newer GnR band. I also then started learning the ScOM solo and KOHD first solo.

After playing seven months
I learned more GnR, mainly the rest of Knocking on Heavens Door, and also started learning little bits of Surfin with the Aliens, and Far Beyond the Sun.


After playing eight months...
I learned more GnR - A lot of Paradise City, the November Rain solo's (First and Second, not outro), and started learning the rhyhtm Guitar part to ScOM, and pretty much lots of other rock.

And now...
I'm rocking away after playing ten months, progressing very well, learning tons of rock, and also forming a band when I go back to school.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~
More stuff happend, but I can't be bothered to write a essay of a post on how I learned scales and improvised, etc.

Anyway that's the basic story of mine.
#92
Well i started guitar way back in sixth grade, and im still not exactly sure what pushed me into it...call it fate :P. Was living in norway at the time, and took lessons from an excellent teacher at the local music conservatory. Mostly was easy classical stuff, and some rock classics by dylan, beatles etc. After leaving norway, i just dropped out of it and took up drumming.

Then in ninth grade, for some reason i picked up my guitar and started messing around again. a friend of mine directed me to sites like mxtabs and cyberfret. after a while i began taking formal lessons with a spanish/classical teacher.
After about 6 months, i quite with that teacher and decided i wanted to do electric. i went to the house of guitars in rochester new york, which has got to be the biggest and best guitar store in the world, with more than 14,000 guitars, thousands of amps, effects..etc. i tried about 450 guitars, before settling on an Ibanez S470.

after a while i hooked up with an excellent teacher, who had managed to find the perfect balance between theory and just learning songs. he was hopelessly addicted to dreamtheater, ensuring taht i would get a good technical grounding. at this point in time, i was playing a lot of maiden, ozzy, death, metallica, and of course dreamtheater...

in tenth grade, i met a friend from india, who introduced me to shred guitar. i began playing yngwie, vai, satch, MAB, becker....basically what everyone plays when they discover "hey! i can play really fast! wow! now THIS is gonna impress people!" a phase im happy to say, i grew out of pretty quickly... it was around this time that i formed my band "Nocturnum". it was made up from my friend from india who had a killer voice, a bassist ive known for a while, and a drummer who was...well, hes our comic relief. isnt it funny how that role is always filled by the drummer? we played a lot of 80's metal, mostly at school gigs.

that was a year ago, and my playing has now evolved back towards artists like hendrix, randy rhoads, srv, alice cooper, zeppelin, etc. at this point, i like to consider myself a "mature" player...but ill probably laugh at that thought in ten years :P.

good thread btw...
#93
Year 1 Of School

My teacher always listened to music and she always put it on for us when we were doing our work and just sometimes she would let us have breaks and "rock out". Everyone was having great fun and I really enjoyed it.

Year 3 Of School

2 of my friends started to play guitar and get lessons. We were all good friends and always hung out and stuff and they always talked about guitar stuff and I always felt left out. So I thought yeh, why not I haven't ever been a big music fan but I'll give it a go. I started begging my parents for a drum set as I thought being a drummer would be the coolest thing ever.

Year 4 Of School

My friends started to get me into more music like the pop/punk Good Charlotte kind of stuff.

Year 5 Of School

Suffering with being alerigc to over 100 things my whole life, I get very sick very easy. Year 5 was a very bad schooling year for me and I'd be lucky if I made it atleast once a week. I started watching T.V channels like MTV and Channel V for hours on end no matter what music was on. In year 5 my brother had been playing Keyboard for a bit and he always got a hell load of attention and everyone worshiped him for it and I was stuck in the nose bleeds.

Year 6 Of School

I was hoping that if I did learn guitar I would start to get the attention I deserved.
My parents finally said they would get me and instrument but they said no way drums because they would be too loud. So my dad took me to a local music shop and I tried out a few guitar ( not knowing anything about them at all ). We walked out with a handful of picks, a Strat copy and a small 10 Watt Leem amplifier. In the Christmas holidays of year 6 I started to really start playing my guitar after ignoring it for so long. I started going on Taborama and trying to play Blink 182 songs as my friends got me into Blink 182 that year. I started getting fairly good and got better than my friend that had been playing guitar for 3 years in just 2 months. I liked what I was doing so I continued expanding to more punk/pop/rock bands and playing their music. Picked up my dad's bass that had been lying around and learning a couple of songs ( this helped me with notes and building up beat/speed ). Me and my brother used to sit down and he showed me to lots of music and we'd just listen to it for ages.

Year 7 Of School

Year 7 is really where it all started. Having music become my favourite subject and everyone else hating it I studied for it and practiced. I started to become to teach my teacher instead of her teaching me. She started getting me to teach the whole class of 30 people at one time. I continued doing that for a while and just kept practicing. Pritty much threw my life away and played guitar atleast 4-5 hours a day. I started getting into more heavier upbeat music and I loved it. I said to myself this is what I want to do. Having friends telling you you're going to be something you're going to go far is something uplifting and encouraging which you don't get every day. Keeping their words in mind continued with guitar.

Year 8 Of School

Now pritty much everyone thought I was the best and could play any song. I bought a Gibson SG and never let it go. Had been buying/downloading/listening to music forever and nonstop. Really expanded the genres I'd been listening to. Started playing more metalish songs which built up the lead guitar sides of things for me. I decided this is what I want to do for the rest of my life and never stopped playing guitar. I started writing guitar/lyrics/bass/drums for songs. Everyone enjoyed them and said they were excellent and couldn't believe that I did it.

I'm still in year 8 right now I'm 14 years old and have been buying loads of equiptment ( pedals, tuner, capos, leads, strings etc ) and I continue to. I have a concert coming up at my school which I'm playing at that will kind of be my second gig sort of thing. Never had lessons yet come so far for self teaching. Planning to get singing lessons soon and to buy new amp with new effects and recording studio equiptment. My whole life revolves around music now, you may say it's sad but ti's what I enjoy doing and it's what I'm good at. Still no attention from family but too bad, old fogies just won't understand.
#94
Alright, I have only played for a year so. I'm currently 17

August 2005
- My friend and I went to a System of a Down concert, although I have always loved music, classical, metal, rock and so on, I never really felt it. After that concert, and seeing the energy and hearing what I consider beauty (some people dislike System) I wanted to play guitar. I went home, borrowed my little sisters guitar that she never touched ($40 secondhand guitar) It had 4 strings, it was out of tune, no amp, and no picks. For an entire month, I played a 4 stringed guitar with no picks, using soda can tops as picks. I would play Aerials horribly wrong, in a tuning that was retarded.

Fall 05 - I got an amp, a wire, strings, and had a friend tune my guitar.

Winter 05 - Started taking lessons, started getting a little better, learned how to play the Fade to Black intro solo, and thought I was awesome (not bad for 4 months though eh?)

2006 - I really took off this year

Winter 06 - Still taking lessons, began to learn theory and how to apply it, my teacher is amazing and I've been learning at a very quick rate since I met him.

March 22 06
- I got my first real guitar, my Ibanez Iceman ICX120, I loved it, I played it for over 12 hours the day I got it, my fingers were literally bleeding at the end of the day.

Spring 06 (Month 6)- I started playing massive amounts of time, 4-7 hours per day. I started to try and learn some more difficult things, such as Master of Puppets. I made a huge amount of progress from March 22 - June.

Summer - I had now been taking lessons for a little while, I had learned major, minor, blues, minor harmonic scales, major, major 7, minor, dominant 7 arpegios, a large amount of chords and could play them all with relative ease. I could play a good amount of arpeggios, scales, and modes for all notes etc. I could play all of Master of Puppets almost spot on, minus the second solo. I worked non stop at McDonalds to save up $850 to buy a Fender Deville Hotrod 410 amp, which sounds beautiful. People started complimenting me on my playing, I started realizing I was much better than the kids who played guitar at my school, even though they have played for twice or thrice as long as I have.

Now - Same as summer, except now I'm learning classical guitar and currently working on Bach. I'm in a band with some great musicans, including my pianist who is so good, he can't take lessons around here anymore, as he has already learned everything local teachers have to offer. I write my own music, I practice theory non stop, and I love it. I am already 17, but I am going to go to college for music. I will be applying at many schools, one of which will be Berklee if all goes well. I know it seems absurd for someone who has only played for one year, to want to go to Berklee, but I feel that if I really work my ass off like I have been since I started, and continue to do so, I might have a chance. If not, there is always next year. I will be going to Berklees open house on the 23rd, so I will know more then. Anyway, sorry for how long this is. Hah
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#95
1980 - hell was born

1994 - i picked up a guitar and started playing, didn't have the internet or a teacher just some tab books i borrowed from friends for songs i never heard..... a couple of months later i got the cd's and started catching on to the flow

1996 - slowly got better but not too much, i think this was when a friend of mine showed me how to palm mute.....learned ever so slowly, my fingers were fat and didn't wanna cooperate

1997 - started doing lsd..... which for whatever reason helped my playing 10 fold, started doing lots of trem picking type stuff

1998 - more lsd, got the speed chugging down pretty tight, triplets quads and all, quite proud of myself

1999 - too much LSD on several occasions , started trying to do leads without any proper instruction, just basic theory and scale knowledge

2000 - more drugs and starting reading up on more indepth theory

2001 - more drugs and theory, leads starting getting smoother and having non pentatonic characteristics, rhythm was growing by leaps and bounds

2002 - read a college level music theory book that covered everything music theory I-IV and counterpoint, re-read several times to make sure i understood everything

i got continually better over the years

2005 - quit doing drugs, leads starting improving greatly in the timing dept

now - still practicing to get the cleanest possible sound, tweaking with sound effect to make my guitar sound like other instruments
#96
got a guitar for christmas one year (squire) and i messed around a little bit and then freshamn year came around and my friend asked if i played guitar so i said sure and me him and another friend started a punk band( i dont like punk but wut the hell) so we jamed had a few originals then another kid came in to play and they gave him the lead spot within the end of the summer i had taken his spot at lead then a few months after that he wanted to sing then sophmore year i bounced from band to band tryin to find a band that played exactly what i wanted or that i could push to do so(failed misserably) so i decided to take the rest of the year off to learn and get better now i just got back intouch with an old friend who plays guitar and me and him are starting a band

i started out with a fender squire and now i have some bad-ass gear cuz my stepdad is in the bussiness so i play and collect now

some advice i got sidetracked by the drums and bass i play both good enough to play in a band with but it took time away from playing guitar
#97
hmmm.


started when transferred to my new school i was 16 i locked myself in my basement with my electric till i turned seventeen
17 - i managed to worm my way in to the school jazz group as their guitarist.
Got my ibanez masa commenrative(electric acoustic)
Formed Nowhere Slowly(a pop rock group), which in turn disintegrated into UberMcShnaz (a swing/ska group) and played first shows within my city.
Took a bunch of guitar seminars.
The schools jazz band went to St.Louis-- we got a sidegig to play on a river boat on the mississippi.
first played piano for more than just tuning....XD
18. UberMcShnaz fell apart so the other guitarist and i started 9th Avenue (our own side project) and played about 15 shows that year --- i was drafted into the local Swingers a jazz group that plays around here and in other bordering cities, its pretty sweet.
Played far more piano.
- Played For Festival in The Parks this year with the school band in Chicago
i just recently started the next musical jaunt and started a Post Hardcore/ metal Band- SacroSanct

Thats About it, ive been featured on four local artists cd's
Did a show with a couple other acoustic acts For one of the SPCA Fundraisers
and im midway through recording my cd. (think Prize Fighter Inferno)
and now im a tutor in our advanced guitar class ( i came back to school after grade 12 to take the two vocal classes i hadn't taken and i got the offer so i jumped on it-- the best way to further your learning is to teach someone else).

Im currently applying to Atlanta Musical Institute ( to be a studio musician), and Cambridge- (to take classical music i wish to be a concert master)
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#98
13- started playing on my dad's classical. Got lessons (only if I'd 'keep at it'). What I learned in lessons- some chords, pull offs, hammer ons. Nothing else

13-15- taught self.

16- reputation for a huge knowledge of songs, first band, Stone Carpenter, playing Pearl Jam/Neil Young covers.

17- No more band, started jamming with a friend, nothing came out of it. More learning...started getting into jazz.

18-19- New band, Blackstar- Radiohead/Stone Roses covers. In the middle of this came another band, Marble Bell. Recorded a demo. Hugely successful. Went down the drain. And then yet another band playing Stevie Wonder/James Brown and much much jazz. Growing reputation as skilled player with excellent rhythm and creativity.

19, now. Nothing much now. Keeping the same flow.
Friends, applaud the comedy is over.


I'd dance with you but...


#99
Year One: I was 12 years old, I see a Clash DVD, decide to take up guitar. Join band with no actual musical knowledge, but no one else in band has any musical knowledge either, so all's good. Learn Clash and Ramones songs.

Year Two: 13 years old. Start learning more leads from Tom Petty and Rolling Stones records. Implement that style into current punk band. Play a couple of gigs. Get studio time. Good reception.

Year Three: Quit punk band. Start another band, this time a psychedelic/blues/garage band. Fall in love with minimalist melodic approach of George Harrison, The Edge, James Honeyman-Scott, and Mike Campbell.
#100
When I was younger about 10(I?ve already told this story in another thread) I heard slipknot which was totally different then what I was used to. As I was growing up I heard mostly stuff like the Beatles, Bread, Bee Gees, 10CC, Cheap Trick, ect. My dad is really into that kind of Rock, because he grew up in the 70?s and is an amazing musician. My cousin who was living with me at the time had a boyfriend who was absolutely obsessed with Slipknot (from the 1st CD). All I ever hear is about how great they were and all and finally I just listened to the song ?Wait and Bleed? and I just got hooked to it for some reason. It was just so loud and just crazy (I don?t know about it now; I was 10 years old then). So basically I went on listening to that and Mushroomhead and other stuff like that when I used to rip things from the internet. My best friend Robin then had a Metallica C.D. that he had bought from Wal-Mart and I listened to it and just kept on and on listening to it. I was already inspired to song-write because of Slipknot but Metallica got me really into guitar. I had already tried to learn guitar many times before but couldn?t really get it. Finally I dedicated myself to learning the basics (I didn?t have a teacher or anything like that so I learned the real theory later). I kept playing and my first major song by Metallica was ?Fade to Black? which really just hit me pretty hard in the guitar area.
I kept going into that area and learning more and more about the stuff, constantly practicing and all. Then what happened was I had some more stuff come to me. I was in Wal-mart one day and I saw a Megadeth C.D. and had heard of them but never actually got to hear then because I still had dial-up and nobody is really into Metal or Thrash here. I listened to the solo from ?Kick the Chair? and ?Blackmail the Universe? and it just got me hooked in that area. So I started learning more and more areas. New composers just kept coming in like Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jimmy Page, ect. I became more and more inspired by every artist I heard on guitar just all this really amazing compositions they made so I just kept going with that area. I tried to make a lot of bands, but all of them failed because of lack of talent, people, dedication by other people. I then decided to become a solo composer making my own guitar songs and all with many different styles included.
I then met a guy that was from around here who was a very good guitar player, really big on Lynard Skynard and other types like that. He also played really good songs on keyboard that he had made. He taught me a simple riff on piano as backtracking for his song (Am, G, F forwards and backwards) along with a few other diminished notes and other things like that. I then just kept going with keyboard feeling out the chords and all of that and making a few keyboard songs. Then my uncle got a 12-string Alvarez acoustic that I played and made some songs on that. Went into a guitar shop and learned to play Bass guitar. Just kept on and on learning anything I could find and trying to conquer everything in every type of music.
That?s basically it, just kept going on and on. I left out some details but I don?t want to write a whole novel on here.

Later
#103
I first started playing when I was around 9 or 10 years old. I started because I played my friends guitar in Florida and it was really fun so I got a Squier electric pack a couple months later. I think it was in 2003.

When I got my guitar, my main inspirtation was Korn, and I would play alot and try to mimick alot of their riffs. I also started a little band with my brother with me on guitar and him on drums. We didn't play anywhere though, and most of the time we would just fool around.

I think around the summer of 2003, I heard the Iron Maiden song Ghost Of The Navigator on a skate video and I really liked the song alot, so I got the Iron Maiden album with that song which was Brave New World. Brave New World changed me very much as a musician and Iron Maiden replaced Korn as my main influence. I learned almost every song from Brave New World, and my style of playing is very shaped around Iron Maiden. I became a big Iron Maiden fan around that time.

Around the beginning of 2004, me and my friend started a band called Broken Utopia with my friend on drums and me and another kid on guitar. We played metal, and we were pretty bad . Also in 2004, I got heavily into Thrash Metal mainly Metallica, Slayer, and Helloween. 2004 was a great year for me in terms of progression. I progressed and learned things very fast in 2004 in terms of guitar.

In the middle of 2005, Broken Utopia broke up, but I was immediatly in another band which I am still in. The band was called Acid Reign when it first started. It was another metal band, with more talented musicians so it was alot easier to write songs and stuff like that. The band first started with me and my friend on guitar, my other friend on drums, and this kid on bass. We started off very well and we were very eager to write songs and perform. We had our first gig the summer of 2005 and we did very well.

As I listened to metal, my music tastes seemed to get heavier and heavier. In the summer of 2005, I got into heavier metal bands like Mayhem, Cradle of Filth, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, and Dimmu Borgir. Everyone in the band im in around that time started to get into heavier types of metal and the sound of our band changed alot and got much heavier.


Currently, I am still in Acid Reign, but we have changed our name to Reaper. I still progress alot in guitar and I still try to get better every day. Basically my music tastes and influences went from Korn and Disturbed to bands like Kreator, Death, Emperor, and Cryptopsy.

Hope you enjoyed
#104
Hmmm where to start, iv only been playing for 6 months, so ill go by the month

2004-Felt burning desire to play guitar.
2005-Taste in music startred getting heavier, started listening to metallica, then went onto death metal and metalcore. Desire for playing guitar getting STRONGER.

March 2006 - Bought first guitar \,,/ was 18.

June 2006- Mastered Forever, 94 Hours and Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier by As I Lay Dying. Turned 19.

August 2006 - Wrote first song. Started looking at scales and modes etc. Learnt End Of An Era by Hopesfall, and Nikki FM and Ohio Is For Lovers by hawthorne heights <-they suck bigtime, but its too easy!

September 2006 - Recorded first song, learnt Vigil and 11th Hour by Lamb Of God. Learnt to do Pinch harmonics, and looked further into scales. Wrote Second song. Looked into song structure, and started creativley analyzing songs.

I felt i have progressed a long way in a short time. Im practicing 3 to 5 hours a day, when i dont have uni. I go to guitar sites to learn more theory, but the only thing i dont no 100% is scales.
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#106
Short version:

1998 - Moved to Daytona, FL, got involved in the school band there and learned simple drumming technique and music reading skills.

2000 - Got my first drumset, played on it alot, played in a church band. Moved back to my hometown of Springhill, FL later in the year. Took a year or so hiatus from drums.

2002 - Started a metal band, Sacred Alliance (later changed to Self-Evident) with a long time friend and others, playing drums. First band.

2002 - We played our first and last show in our friend's backyard with his band. Went horrible but we were stoked. Later in the year the band broke up after the many inner-band disputes that happen when you're young and in your first band.

2003 - The guitarist from SA and I tried to do some side projects, including a death metal band by the name Martyr's Prayer which we actually stole from someone else who was trying to start something local. It fell through. Started playing in youth group at my church, whith little success.

2005 - Summer of this year a new metal band, Martyr's Prayer, came together within 2 weeks, after the singer, the original bass player (Tim McTague's* little brother, infact) and I met up and our 2 guitarists moved to our town from San Diego and met up with us. Played our first show with 2 originals and one cover, and people loved us. Played about 5 or 6 shows in this year. Also started playing guitar and writing my own solo stuff.

2006 - Played about 40 more shows so far this year, as well as recording a 5 song EP and writing new material. Original bass player (Tim's bro) quit the band and a band friend joined up, although we all still hang out with the original alot. I also went on a small tour with my friend's band Providence becasue my friend, the drummer, was sick. Completed writing 6 of my own songs, all ready to record, which will happen this year soon. Did a goofy side project called Propagando (www.myspace.com/propagando) in which I played guitar. Doing another side project on the guitar (both of these side projects being done with members of Providence, all good friends) called Projectile Vomit, to record a full length this Thursday. In one day lol. Last night I played guitar in another band's (Paid in Full) first practice, that will be the sister band of Martyr's Prayer.

So that's about it so far. As you can see alot of things have happened and are happening this year. My main focus though is my solo project. If it takes off like I'm planning, all of the other stuff I'm involved in probably won't see me again for awhile. Fingers crossed lol.

*Lead guitarist of Underoath
We're only strays.
#107
Well I've always been around music ever since I was a child, my dad played guitar/bass, my mum sang and they had music playing alot around the house and in the car. I even wrote songs with lyrics before I could play any instruments. They were crap, but that's not the point.

At the age of 7 I asked my parents for a guitar so I could learn how to play the guitar. They bought me a cheap 3/4 size classical and I had 15 minute lessons weekly at school. Slowly I progressed and when I was 9 I started preparing for my grade 2 classical exam. At this time also my family moved to Norfolk.

I carried on playing guitar and started having half hour private lessons with a new, much better, teacher. We carried on working towards my Grade 2, and when I was around 10 I took it and passed. At this time I also started learning the more popular and rocky kind of things with my teacher, ranging from powerchords to more complex fingerpicking stuff, eg. Tears in Heaven. On top of this I discovered tab, and began to learn a range of music I liked at the time, Chili Peppers, Ash, Wheatus, Stereophonics.

Having completed grade 2, my teacher and I began to work on my grade 3. I progressed quite considerably with my teacher and found it easy to pick up new techniques and pieces. I was also developing a love for the Red Hot Chili Peppers (I was around 11 now) and had Californication, By The Way and possibly (I can't remember) BloodSugarSexMagik. I passed my grade 3 with Merit.

I was also listening to alot of the music around at the time and was becoming one of the few rock listeners of my age (along with my friends)...At this time Myself, My friend Jack who I had convinced to play drums, and my other friend Sam who we roped in as singer (who had a very cheap electric guitar and an amp, as he had also started to learn guitar) formed a band for Red Nose Day and practiced for two weeks, wrote two songs and played infront of a paying audience. I used my friends cheap electric and we had no bass but we raised £30 and were happy with ourselves.

After this we always had "our band" and even though most of the time it wasn't on the go in real life, we added a bass player (Josh, who had played guitar for a couple of years and borrowed Jack's dads bass and amp). I started to use Josh's electric guitar (Epiphone LP100) and Marshall MG10. We practiced every now and again but we didn't start it up properly for a little while...

When I was 12/13 I moved up to High school and was working on my Grade 4 classical (with a good quality full size guitar now), learning harder, newer pieces as well as more contempary songs (including the Red Hot Chili Peppers who my teacher also found a liking for. We learned some Muse as well, as lots of classical technical stylings were evident in their music). For a mixture of Christmas and my 13th birthday I recieved an Electric guitar (Epiphone Les Paul Goldtop 56') and a Marshall MG15DFX. I had developed an obsession with Les Pauls. I loved their look, feel, and overall coolness. I met a new friend, Ben, who was also a guitar player, and I mentioned to him about our band. He said he'd like to join in, so we invited him in. Sam also now an SG and so now our line-up consisted of:

Jack: Drums
Sam: Guitar
Myself: Guitar and vocals (apparently I was better at singing than Sam)
Ben: Guitar
Josh: Bass

We actually started practicing reguarly, every week in my barn, with me writing not-half-bad songs and practicing them all together.

Around this time I discovered Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Guns N' Roses, and lots of other Classic Rock bands. At last! I had found the perfect music....Chili Peppers were great, but this was something better altogether, Guitar solos! Amazing singing! Drumming! I was excited and started learning lots and lots of Lead guitar, particuarly influenced by my at the time favourite two guitarist, Jimmy Page and Slash. I learnt the pentatonic scale and was away, I ruled, no other guitarist my age was interested in solos, just rhythm. I was like a god.

So I bought a wah pedal and a volume pedal. I still played my classical guitar but the electric was so much more exciting. The band had a gig ready. A party. We played, (not so great to be honest) but our Darkness cover won the crowd over, and all in all we had fun.

I passed my Grade 4 with merit that summer, and immediately begain work on my grade 5. This time I would be doing both Classical and rock grades. The band also started taking more prominence in my life.

Ben failed to turn up to several band practices and so we took upon the decision is ask him to leave the band. He did, and Josh also requested that he hated playing bass and could he move over to guitar. We let him, and Sam agreed to take over on bass duties. I bought a distortion pedal (Boss DS-1) and a bigger amp (Marshall MG100DFX). Yes it's crap but I got it second hand for £100 so... The line-up now stood as:

Jack:Drums
Myself: Lead guitar and vocals
Josh: Rhythm guitar
Sam: Bass

We started to practice at Jacks house, and wrote several new songs, including one called "walking" which still today stands as our fans most requested track. We actually got good, and were progressing well, as was I on my Classical back home. I was learning hard pieces, pieces that challenged me, and I like it. What I learnt in my classical repetoire helped me with my rock playing technically, and I was now a Led Zeppelin and Guns N' Roses enthusiast. I learnt everything by them, played along to their CD's and listened to them almost constantly. Blues was overtaking me.

At Christmas I persuaded Sam out of buying a new Telecaster and instead buying a Thunderbird bass (he had been using a borrowed bass in the band). He was reluctant at first but soon realised that he preffered playing bass to guitar, and has been thankful to me for making him do this ever since. We played another gig together, and realised that although we now could play technically well together, our stage prescence was crap.

Early 2005 (when I was 13, soon to be 14) Josh, Sam and I went to a gig on the whim of being told it was a good band playing. That was an understatement. The band was amazing... They played with emotion, stage prescence and agression, and they blew Led Zeppelin to the back of my mind. They were Biffy Clyro. I bought their albums, and realised this kind of modern, complex, amazing beautiful and heart-wrenching music was a world ahead of Led Zeppelin. They became my new favourite band.

However, in the band, tragedy struck. Josh decided that he was not getting enough creative in-put in the band, and was contemplating quitting guitar and music altogether. He left us.
We were now a three piece, and were unsure how to feel. Should we stay as this? With a raw, slightly empty, but easy to use band? Or should we find another guitarist? For a while we stuck it out in the first camp, and found time to develop our stage prescence. Now when we played, we rocked out. We had one gig like this, and got a great reception.

However, we wanted more. We wanted that back-up, so I could solo without it sounded like widdling over an empty mess, that fullness, that crunch.

So we asked Ben if he was willing to come back.

Now Ben was becoming one of those shred-obsessed metalheads...you know the type. Right. And for some reason, lord knows hy, he agreed to come back as a rhythm guitarist. The line up now stood as such:

Jack: Drums
Myself: Lead Guitar and Vocals
Ben: Rhythm guitar
Sam: Bass

And this was great, it sounded perfect again, except for one thing. Ben wanted to solo. Now here I started becoming a prick. I saw him as Rhythm only, nothing else, and that's what he had agreed to, and this was not gonna happen. And for a while, it seemed to be fine, but it was bubbling under the surface...

That summer 2005, when I was 14, I passed both my Grades with Distinction. This was great news, and now my teacher said that I should work on my theory whilst preparing for me to take Grade 8 classical in a few years, missing out the others. I got onto it.

After a while and a couple of gigs, Ben said that he really wasn't happy with his situation in the band, and wanted to leave. He did this the week before a gig, leaving us to rapidly scramble together to prepare to being back as a tight trio. The gig went OK, but we were now back to the original way, and you-know-what, we were happy with it. It gave us freedom musically and we became so much tighter. The songs grew in structure, complexity, and we were really happy with the direction we were heading in. We were back to the original way:

Jack: Drums
Myself: Guitar and Vocals
Sam: Bass

And both Sam and Jack had really come into their instruments. They were now grooving, working solidly together and playing to the best of their ability, becoming probably the solidest Rhythm section around our area. They had been playing together for a long while now.

I had begun an infatuation with pedals. I adored the textures of sound and and weird noise you could produce, so that Christmas I got a huge pedalboard to start off my collection. My favourite was my Boss Pitch-Shifter PS-5. The whoops were amazing.
#108
[Continued]

On my classical I had been learning some very cool new pieces, such as Sunburst by Andrew York, Capricho Arabe by Terrega, and some Vilos Lobos. They were technically brilliant, and I made time to play whenever I could, although my Electric only really came out at band time. I had lost the incentive to play it at home, preffering to play my Steel-Stung acoustic for any rocky kind of stuff I wanted to play. I wrote all my songs on that aswell. I rarely wanted to play solos now, preffering to drop the low E to a D and find interesting chord patterns and Rhythms, like the bands I was into now.

These were modern bands such as the aforementioned Biffy Clyro, Sunny Day Real Estate, Radiohead, Oceansize, Far, Nirvana. I liked layers of sound, but was happy to stick to raw, aggressive playing and soft, melodic lines in the band. These new artists also influenced my lyrical style from my old, crap, very literal lyrics to my new Imagery-obsessed, emotionally-charged, abstract musings. I was also developing a much broader social life, especially with a particular girl, with whom I had (and still do) quite a complicated relationship. This played a part in what I wrote about no end.

I was now 15. I was in a locally quite successful school band, unique and entertaining. I was learning complicated classical pieces. My voice was continuing to develop, now taking on a less raspy shouting more actual singing in tune style.

In May 2006 as a band we recorded 4 of our songs with a local studio, and have recently been playing lots and lots of regular gigs. We plan to do some more recording this December.

I am still playing classical guitar, working on Grade 8 pieces, and plan to take my exam as soon as possible. I also took Music for GCSE and shall be sitting it in Mayish 2007.

To listen to our band stuff visit http://www.myspace.com/abstractharris.
To listen to my own stuff ranging back from quite a while ago visit rods.dmusic.com
To get to know me visit www.myspace.com/rodders27

Thankyou.
#109
ok age 14 me and my friend picked up guitar....same day same model guitar etc
age 15 we started a Band! AC/DC ish Called Almost Illegal Played alot! of Live stuff at school and at events around town
15.5 my best friend any band mate ditchs us.... sad sad day he makes a new band with his "new friends" it was called passedge a prog rock band
16 the old band falls apart with out my friend and lead guitarist...sader then sad day
17 Today-Iam Trying To Rebound....Not Working At all! I Play Guitar,Bass and Sing
As For My Friend His Band Is Going Big Time.... out well i guess iam just not that good anyway lol But Iam sticking to Music so Never Know
#110
Hmm well when I was 12 my neighbor (who was my best friend at the time) started playing guitar and he used to show me a lot of metal bands and stuff like fear factory, in flames etc. I liked this music a lot and used to learn a fair bit just from watching him play guitar, which helped me when I was to start playing guitar. Me and my neighbor kinda had a falling out when i was 13, basically just stopped hanging out, nothing happened between us. So then once I stopped hanging out with him I started listening to stuff like Nirvana when I met my mate at my new school who was a big Nirvana fan.

When I was about 14 and a half I was listening to bands like Thursday, Brand New, TBS and stuff, pretty gay bands but thats what I liked at the time and then later on that year my brother bought a guitar. He was getting lessons and I picked it up a few times and had a play around then he quit not long after getting his lessons, so then I started playing his guitar more often and decided to get some lessons when I had just turned 15.

Then at Christmas (late 2004) my parents bought me my first guitar...which was a Washburn acoustic, and I played everyday on it. Then a couple of months later in early 2005 I bought an electric guitar.

A couple of new kids came to my school and they were guitarists as well, so all we ever talked about was guitar and my best mate was also a guitarist (a very bad one though) so there was a lot of guitarists at my school. Later on in 2005 when I'd turned 16 we had formed a "Metallica covers band" to participate in the schools Battle of the Bands, unfortunately I had to play bass because there was already two guitarists which i was pissed off about because I was better than them. Anyway we did the BOTB rehearsal thing and we sucked pretty bad so we never ended up doing the real thing because the band just didn't really click because the lead guitarist wanted everything his way. Plus Metallica is the worst band I've ever heard.

Then early this year (2006) a bassist and a drummer from my school suggested that we catch up just for a jam because their band had kinda fell through because their guitarist was shocking and they had heaps of other problems. So I went to the drummers house for a jam and we were all really big Rage Against The Machine fans so we did a couple of covers and it worked out perfectly, we all really clicked well with each other. Anyway for the next few months things were going great for the band, we were learning new cover songs everytime we caught up for a practice. We then decided to try and make our own songs, it was a pretty hard few months because we were going nowhere and we all seemed to have different ideas for songs. I'm now 17 and the last month the band has started to get back on track, we've been rehearsing a couple of our own songs (which don't have lyrics yet) and we are actually getting things done.
#111
I havent been playing long so this is going to be pretty short.

at the of end of eigth grade i got an electric guitar for christmas a really crappy off brand guitar called an harmony. I had been wanting to start playing for years influenced by bands like def leppard and A.C.D.C. After that I got my electric i decided that I wanted to take guitar lessons after school. I took about five before school let out then i had to quit because i had no way to get there.

So over the summer and most of the most of the ninth grade year i learned to play songs like "pour some sugar on me" and "fat lip". only having five lessons as you can imagine i wasnt to good. I started taking more lessons at the end of ninth grade and up to this point. im now in tenth grade and have ben playing for a little over a year.
#112
Well, i first started playing bass when i was 12, I got it for christmas. I took lessons for one of my dad's buddies for about 6 months. I started playing for our church youth group band. I only did it to have something to do on sunday nights.

I got my first electric guitar at 14, a black Ibanez. i printed out tabs that day and learned some songs. I only had a cheapy clean amp to run it through, but i was satisfied. Later on, i bought my first pedal. A single black distortion pedal.

At 15, still playing my electric I banez. I got a new pedal, a digitech multieffect pedal and a Ibanez 100 watt amp. I also recieved a samick acoustic guitar as a gift.

At 16, i am still playing the same ol guitar and have formed my own band.
#113
year1..
- age 12
- unlce gave his guitar to me..
- learnt classical gas in 7 months..
- fren told about tommy emmanuel
- trund 13 sumwher in july..

year2..
- another fren told me about METALLICA
- learn master of puppets, enter sandman, crepping death, fade to black, nothing else matters..
- masterd classical gas..
-turnd 14 this july..
-PRESENTDAY..

-tobecont..
#114
Only been playing for a year, started October last year.

Started off on a ****ty Samick start copy, going through a Peavey Rage.
A month later I bought a Ibanez Jumpstart package, and thought that guitar was hot ****.

In January I bought an Ibanez Iceman, gave away my Samick and abandoned my, now considered a waste of money, Ibanez JS guitar.

In June I fell in love with the ESP brand after I bought an LTD M-50.

Bought a new amp, Marshall Mini-Stack, and a few effects pedals.

Last month I got a ESP Truckster.

So that's my guitars .


I stated off playing SOAD songs, my first learnt song being SOAD's Aerials.
After a year I've just been playing a ****load of metal ****, everyone calls me a **** coz I'm better than them.
Last edited by mattw128 at Oct 17, 2006,
#115
I started playing guitar seriously when i was turning 14 years old. I'd learn and forget all the alt rock songs which are popular back in a day like The Calling.

When I was 15, I'm starting to buy magazines and met real heavy metal like pantera, metallica, slayer etc. I'd learned and remember Walk, Raining Blood, Enter Sandman, Bloodline. I also learned some music theory with those magazine like scales and its application. Also practicing some finger exercises like hammer-ons, pull-offs, tapping. I've started a band in our school consisting of a classmate, me, a friend and another friend of my classmate but it was short-lived because of musical differences, lack of equipment and rate of ability of members

When I was 16. Fast picking time. Practice. The time that I appreciated extreme metal and progressive metal.

When I was 17. I'd switch from guitar to bass to take things in the next level of me as a musician to join a band in college. Combining virtuosity and mind blowing stage presence.


And now I'm 18. I'm still doing bass or maybe practicing guitar because my band which i'm a lead guitarist broke up. I recently formed a trip-rock band with my classmates in college.
rock and metal music rules
pop music!!! kiss my f***** ass
#116
1st grade:me and friends start boy band and write a song called "my rubber ducky"...no joke

I got a guitar (a hundred fifty dollar gretsch starter guitar) when I was in third grade because I thought it was cool. I didn't "play" it until about fifth grade then i decided to get lessons, I took lessons whit this Asian guy for like a year and a half then he moved and I stopped lessons. When I realized I wasn't getting any better my friend told me to take lessons from the guy he was getting lessons from. ( I still take from him) Then my friend (the same one) asked me if I wanted to be in his band as a second guitarist (7th grade). Then when it came time for a show the bassist just wasn't ready, so we took his bass and i played bass in the show, a pary about 80 people. Then in 8th grade my band and I (we were called thirteenth rebellion, i didn't come up with it) wanted to play at school functions and stuff, with me still playing bass (we kicked the other guy out) the guitarist bought a bass and let me use it when ever. So we played at a social for about 120 people in my middle school. Then we played at the school pep rally thing in front of about 500 people. We played like classic rock blusey type stuff. Then the guitarist told us he was moving and we played one last show in front of about 70 friends at the drummers party. After he moved I started a band called All Puns Intended with a friend from down the street, that's when things started getting serious (middle o' 8th grade playing acoustic indie hard rock stuff) we've written some 40 songs together have played one show in front of about 50 friends and wer'e planning on playing like 4 by the end of the year.
But just at the begining of high school I met up with my old drummer (from thirteenth rebellion) and we decided to form a band together, with a very mellower more piano based sound and weve had a few practices written about 7 songs and things are looking really good.
so I am currently in two bands. things look very good.
#117
When I was 7 my brother gave me pantera cowboys from hell for my b-day, and I couldnt give a **** about the guitar in it. I loved the vocals, from 7 yrs old, till about 3 1/2 months ago i didnt play guitar, well, 3 1/2 months ago I borrowed my girlfriends fender acoustic, and started seeing what I could do. The first actual good thing I learned was the solo to wish you were here by pink floyd. That was in month 1 and that is what got me addicted. I found out I have a pretty good talent for being good at most musical instruments, so now its been almost 4 months and I think I'm doing fine, I think the best thing I can play is seek and destroy on acoustic lol, oh yeah, and ill be 19 in november, so that gives you an idea of how long it took me to discover my ability to play somewhat well.
#118
15:well i went to ireland and my cousin had a kinda ibanez rg so i goofed around then found out my aunt could play guitar i asked if she could teach me but she said no because i had to go back to canada
15:so i went to a pawn shop bought a beat up memphis strat knock off fiddled aroun didnt get much done
15:quit cuz i couldnt grasp the whole thing
16:got lessons
16:more lessons
16:joined small band called no symmetry
16:found drummer
16:still playing in band
16:getting more serious about guitar
16:thinking about join school jazz band(current)
so i would say about not even a year of playing and it comes hard to me
epiphone sg
MIM Fender Telecaster
peaveyvalveking 112
behringer pedal:TO800, UD100, EQ700
custom pedal board
goals for 0

-to sing
-sing & play
-have succesful first show
#119
Year 1
Got a cheap Suzuki acoustic in Jaunuary for my birthday which stayed severely out of tune till I started lessons in March. My teacher said I had talent which was cool. My friend referred me to Ultimate Guitar and I started to get better at a much faster rate.

Got an Ibanez Gio with a Roland amp, only then did I notice that I had bought two black Japanese guitars (oh, the irony) and started annoying my neighbours and scaring old people. By then everybody thought I was a satanist but I didn't care.

I can now play 25 songs, all by Nirvana and Seether (again something I only noticed afterwards)

Well Year 1 actually isn't finished yet but I thought I would post this anyway.
#120
I played guitar for maybe a year just learning riffs and chords. Now I am a crappy session player. And hopefully I will get good some day.