#1
im going to the air force in 3 weeks and im mad about the fact that i wont be able to practice for 2 months (but if i graduate i could get that xiphos and that marshall amp ive been eyeballing)...

and ive been wondering....would it be ironic to be in the military, yet "PEACE SELLS" would be the song id probably play the most....(I LOVE THAT SONG)

also is there any one here who is in the military who plays guitar in their spare time ?
#2
I read an article in an ultimate guitar about a band formed by a bunch of guys over in Iraq. THey opened up for the Iron Maidens when they played there if I remember correctly.
#3
Hey, good luck in the Air Force. I retired back in 2005 after putting in my 20 years. I was stationed at Chanute AFB, Il, Travis AFB, Ca and Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. Spent my whole 20 as a Guidance & Control Specialist - in other words, aircraft autopilot, instruments and computers. Airframes I worked on were the C-141, C-5 and KC-135. Basic training... oh boy... One word of advice - don't volunteer for anything. Remember that and don't forget it. Within the first day or two, your TI is going to gather all of you in the dayroom or open bay and ask if anyone likes to do this or that. When some poor fool raises his hand and says "me, sir!", he'll get stuck with some crappy task. Keep your bed neatly made, your locker neat, your money inventoried (yes, they actually have you do that) and remember to always address your TI (Training Instructor) as Sir, even though he's an NCO (Non-Commissioned Officer). You won't have any time for guitar at Basic, even though you'll get a pass or two. You may have some time at tech school, but you'll have a better shot at your first duty station.

What career field are you going into? You won't learn where your first duty station is until you get close to graduating from tech school.

Best of luck!!! Oh, and Aim High!!!!
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would it be ironic to be in the military, yet "PEACE SELLS" would be the song id probably play the most...
Kinda. I don't know the lyrics, but it probably depends on your own values and why you chose to join the military.
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im going to the air force in 3 weeks and im mad about the fact that i wont be able to practice for 2 months (but if i graduate i could get that xiphos and that marshall amp ive been eyeballing)...
Thank you very much for volunteering to serve your country.
also is there any one here who is in the military who plays guitar in their spare time ?
I'm no longer in the Navy, but when I was in it was my great privilege to serve as the lead guitarist with the Atlantic Fleet rock band for four years. I traveled all over Europe, the Caribbean and the eastern U.S. playing a Navy-issued Les Paul Custom, for thousands and thousands and thousands of people. I even played for Queen Elizabeth once. Needless to say, being a military musician is without a doubt the best job in uniform.

I'm telling you all this only to let you know that the Air Force also has rock bands (and jazz trios, and big bands, etc.). I played a couple of combined shows with Air Force units and can tell you that their players are excellent (not quite as good as the Navy musicians, though ). All of the military branches have bands and hold auditions on a regular basis for servicemembers wanting to play. If you're accepted you'll attend a conservatory-type military music school where you'll practice about six hours a day and learn an absolute ton of theory. After graduation you'll be assigned to a unit band and probably hit the road. What a life!

If this sounds attractive to you I hope you'll hone your chops and audition once you finish boot camp. I'll say it again - being a military musician is the best way to serve your country you could possibly imagine.

Thank you again for volunteering to serve. All the best!
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thanks all of u ....and my job is aircraft armament btw and currently i do not know where i will be stationed ....but thats beside the point

and another question, .....wait they ISSUED U A LES PAUL ???!!!
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Quote by fenderstrat730
im going to the air force in 3 weeks and im mad about the fact that i wont be able to practice for 2 months
dude, in basic you won't have time to even THINK about your guitar.
you'll be so rushed by them keeping you busy, every waking moment of the day.
and the constant mind-fuck you'll experience won't even allow you to dream about anything but how to avoid getting mind fucked the next day.
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dude, in basic you won't have time to even THINK about your guitar.
you'll be so rushed by them keeping you busy, every waking moment of the day.
and the constant mind-fuck you'll experience won't even allow you to dream about anything but how to avoid getting mind fucked the next day.


You're in the military?
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Quote by robertito696
I read an article in an ultimate guitar about a band formed by a bunch of guys over in Iraq. THey opened up for the Iron Maidens when they played there if I remember correctly.


really?

are you actually referring to the tribute band or will i have to hunt you down?
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#12
Well, Dreadnought was a very cool mod around here and he went to the military I think..
#13
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I'm no longer in the Navy, but when I was in it was my great privilege to serve as the lead guitarist with the Atlantic Fleet rock band for four years. I traveled all over Europe, the Caribbean and the eastern U.S. playing a Navy-issued Les Paul Custom, for thousands and thousands and thousands of people. I even played for Queen Elizabeth once. Needless to say, being a military musician is without a doubt the best job in uniform.

I'm telling you all this only to let you know that the Air Force also has rock bands (and jazz trios, and big bands, etc.). I played a couple of combined shows with Air Force units and can tell you that their players are excellent (not quite as good as the Navy musicians, though ). All of the military branches have bands and hold auditions on a regular basis for servicemembers wanting to play. If you're accepted you'll attend a conservatory-type military music school where you'll practice about six hours a day and learn an absolute ton of theory. After graduation you'll be assigned to a unit band and probably hit the road. What a life!

If this sounds attractive to you I hope you'll hone your chops and audition once you finish boot camp. I'll say it again - being a military musician is the best way to serve your country you could possibly imagine.

Thank you again for volunteering to serve. All the best!
gpb0216

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Quote by fenderstrat730
thanks all of u ....and my job is aircraft armament btw and currently i do not know where i will be stationed ....but thats beside the point

and another question, .....wait they ISSUED U A LES PAUL ???!!!
Yes. In fact, during my four-year rotation in the rock band they issued me three Les Paul Customs. Two of them were Black Beauty / Fretless Wonders and the third was a blonde model with a maple fingerboard. I had the blonde and one of the Black Beauties for one year each, and then I had the second B.B. for two years. All three were magnificent instruments, but my favorite was the last one. I've been a Les Paul guy ever since and have played no other solid body for more than the nearly 30 years since mustering out in 1980. I currently own a L.P. Custom in heritage cherry sunburst. I'm thinking of asking them to bury me with this one - it's literally the sweetest guitar I've ever picked up.

Thank you again very much for your service. And once you get out into the Air Force's version of The Fleet, think about auditioning for the music program.

All the best,
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Shit thats awesome
It really was. The military's music program is the best-kept secret in the world. After I mustered out I attended college as a piano performance major. My theory teacher could not believe how much theory I had learned in the Armed Forces School of Music (now the Navy School of Music). The Navy music program at that time existed to support Fleet morale and the Navy's personnel enlistment and retention missions. We also played many, many public relations shows. One of my favorites was playing with the Navy's official ceremonial band for the Queen of England during her Silver Jubilee celebration way back in 1977. The Brits know how to put on a ceremony for their queen, let me tell you!

We also played literally hundreds of 45-minute rock shows in high schools all over the eastern United States in support of the local Navy recruiters. You may have attended one of these shows while you were in high school. These were grueling, as we sometimes played as many as three shows a day at three different schools. But the band was extremely tight and we were playing the songs they were listening to at that time (Kansas, Boston, Toto, etc.). The recruiter would then walk out on stage and say something like, "Isn't the Navy cool, kids? Don't you want to be in the Navy too?" Meanwhile we were packing up the gear and moving on to the next school. It was a blast!

I almost forgot - we also played the cast party for the movie "The Final Countdown" after they finished filming. They made the movie on the aircraft carrier Nimitz, if memory serves, which was stationed in Norfolk at the time. I got to meet and talk with Martin Sheen, Kirk Douglas and Katharine Ross, among others. Kirk Douglas was incredibly accessible and gracious and treated us enlisted musicians like we were the most important people at the party. He was a class act all the way. Martin Sheen and Katharine Ross were both polite, but it was obvious their minds were elsewhere when we were introduced to them.

I could go on and on with these sea stories, but I'm sure you get the idea. I loved it and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Anchors aweigh!
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and ive been wondering....would it be ironic to be in the military, yet "PEACE SELLS" would be the song id probably play the most....(I LOVE THAT SONG)


No, not really. Still, good luck in the Air Force, hope you have a good time there.
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