i wanted to take piano lessons to be like my dad at school but they
were all taken, so instead i played guitar, like my uncle did. little
did i know that my dad is also an amazing guitarist - this is probably
what made me want to continue playing guitar instead of piano.
my dad showed me Metallica, i learned every rhythm part on acoustic for
their black and master of puppets albums as i thought they were the
best thing since sliced bread, i started practicing everyday at this
point, dreaming of playing on stage with James and Kirk.
i got my first electric guitar this year, i could already play a load
of Metallica stuff so i went from there, learning other metal bands
songs, but my brother was a teenager who constantly told me how i suck.
never stopped trying to put me down, but i kept at my dream, of
becoming good enough to play on stage with James and Kirk.
i realized that i would need to learn to play really fast to be able to
play with kirk this year and then dedicated 6 hours a day to playing
guitar, and whilst my brother still attempted to put me down his
friends often came round and ignored him, watching me play guitar
instead. towards the end of this year i started sweep picking and found
two new gods: Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala. i learned the rhythm parts
to the hatebreeder albums and started my first lead work here, by the
end of the year i could play most of bed of razors, lake bodom and
towards dead end sloppily(read: self delusional, thinking that im a god)
i found many friends in my school who also play guitar, one of which
taught me how to sweep pick the year before. i soon surpassed them in
technical ability, and have taught one person to play guitar.
Then i went to the London guitar show with intents of watching Yngwie
Malmsteen and Paul Gilbert. i was in front row for the whole show
simply amazed at 2 of the gods of guitar stood in front of me. i also
wanted to try a few guitars there, one being the Vintage Metalaxxe
Warp. it played into my hands and was so perfect for me that i felt i
could play better than ever. then probably the best moment in my life
happened, i was asked to be videoed as a demo for the guitar on their
website. i felt obliged. i took the opportunity and played guitar in
front of a small crowd, perhaps more now that the video is on the site.
this was when i realized i was actually a lot better than i was made to
believe by my brother and all the non musicians i know. I realized that
maybe my dreams of being able to play on a stage with one of my idols
may one day become reality. I also have started my first band recently,
but do not expect to get anywhere due to lack of dedication, therefore
just trying to get used to playing with a band instead.
Congratulations on being picked to appear on the manufacturer's website must have been a huge confidence boost for you after years of being told otherwise by your brother!! No offence or anything but your brother sounds like a right jealous prick and he is only pulling you down because he can't do the same!!
hey man follow your dreams youre still young and dont have to work for a few more years so id reccommend as many hours a day + i reccommend some Megadeth and to try to learn Canon Rock by Jerry C its amazing
2008-Pick up a guitar after about 2 years of guitar hero. Practicing constantly, learning basic picking, and all the basics.
Midway through the year, I learn sweep picking.
Last quarter, I learn to shred.
2009-Check my skillz, you can see what ive done in my spare time lol.