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Gender : Male

Birthday : January 19, 1989

Occupation : Student

Location : Auburn, Alabama, United States

School : Jefferson State Community College (CenterPoint, Alabama, United States)

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Favorite bands :
Jimi Hendrix's bands, Guns n Roses, Rammstein, Disturbed
Favorite guitarists :
Jimi Hendrix, Saul Hudson (Slash), Buckethead, Jimmy Paige
Favorite bassists :
Don't know many. My dad just bought a "Geddy Lee" bass, so yeah. Geddy Lee I guess...
Favorite books :
Ehhh... lemme think... Oh yeah, there was a series of books written by "Bernard Cornwall" I believe his name was. They were called "Sharpe's Rifles", Sharpe's Eagle", "Sharpe's [insert something else here]". Really fun books to read. Violent and badass.
Favorite tv :
Don't watch TV much anymore. But I like Spongebob for some reason.
Favorite movies :
Just about anything.
About Sample246
Forgive me guitar gods, but I was brought into the world of music by none other than "Guitar Hero" for the Playstation 2. I mastered the game on Expert mode and caught myself yearning for more. I got on Ebay and ordered an Epiphone Les Paul 100 for 200 dollars. When it came in the mail, I was so dumb that I realized very quickly that I had forgotten to get an amp!! For the next week, I learned the basic chords playing the Les Paul acoustically. Then I went up to guitar center and got my Roland Microcube. The sounds it produced made me cry in joy. I was so easily amused. I learned over time the basics of playing. When I learned power chords, I thought I was HOT STUFF!! Now, nearly 8 months later (I got the guitar around October 10th, 2007), I still am the same way. Whenever I realize that I can do something new, something in me just makes me smile really big! I absolutely LOVE playing my guitar. Contrary to how some people practice a set-in-stone amount of time a day, I play when I want to. The guitars may got untouched for a week, or I may play for 4 solid hours. I've never once gotten sick of my guitar. I enjoy it, and I realize that I'll never be super famous, and that I'll most likely never make any decent money from entertaining others. I think this is the key to the success I've had. I just want to play guitar. I want to be as good as the pros, but I don't put myself through guitar boot camp, FORCING myself to play when I don't really want to. In case you haven't understood by now, I absolutely love playing guitar.

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I'm 21 years old now.
Much has changed in my life. I've been through a good chunk of college (including taking a Music Theory course), my dad passed away and my mother remarried, I've been dating someone for a year now, I've moved out on my own, started attending an acclaimed university, and I've failed "Calculus II" three times in a row (yes, three times...).

What hasn't changed is my passion for guitar. I still pick up my Strat and Les Paul daily to practice what I know, and try to push myself further. I've recently gotten my hands on some entry level recording equipment and software, and I'm having an absolute BLAST with it. Life's been extremely difficult for me this past year and a half, but music has always been there to keep me going 100% of the time. Never lose sight of what makes you happy. Never let the day-to-day disappointments and pressure of societal norms obscure what's right there in front of your eyes. Music. If North Korea launched hundreds of nuclear ICBMs tonight and I wake up tomorrow morning with nothing left but my girlfriend and my acoustic guitar, I can safely say I would still be a happy person.
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