I just registered today and I wanted to say hello to everyone. I found this forum a few days ago and felt the need to register. It's been very informative and eye opening for me so far
Here is my story! I think it's a bit long lol
I'm from Cyprus (obviously). I'm sure some of you are wondering WTF is that? I've been playing guitar for 15 years now, I'm pretty much self taught, at least as far as playing metal is concerned. My rhythm playing is good but I can't tackle a solo to save my life. I went to a teacher for a year or so when I was starting out and then I quit because I thought the things he was teaching me at the time was just pure BS!! He was into blues/jazz and me being a teenager back then I was discovering metal so I had that "Fuck you, that ain't metal!" attitude going and I disregarded a lot of stuff because all I wanted to do was to play Metallica songs. So I quit and I grabbed the guitar and started doing that. Little did I know years later down the road I would realize that I should have followed through.
I was never really serious about guitar even though I'm REALLY passionate about it and music in general. All I wanted was to have fun and play my fave songs and bang my head! I pretty much never sat down and practiced any patterns/scales/licks/etc. I always had the urge to improve but never could sit down and practice stuff like that as it felt really boring. I mean why would I sit down and do boring stuff for an hour or two or ten when I could sit down and learn how to play Number of the Beast?! That was my logic then as I just wanted to play songs from my fave bands! I thought just by doing that I would improve. I was improving slowly and very marginally but I was happy with that because I could play songs like Master of puppets, Blackened, Symphony of Destruction, South of Heaven, etc. We made a cover band with a few of my friends and actually played live twice! Then ppl had to either go overseas for studies or join the army so it didn't last more than a few months.
A few years after I started out I began composing/recording and started a band and begun writing music together. I was forced to start playing the drums since there weren't many drummers around in my little island who were into metal back then and I was dedicated to get this band going. There's very few people who are into metal here even though the numbers have been going up for the past 5 years, albeit very slowly. The scene is pretty much non existent so we only played a handful of shows. Because of that the other guys in the band slowly started losing interest and the band eventually broke up. It hurt me deeply because even though I tried hard and learned how to play the drums, all my efforts were going nowhere. I was deeply disappointed so I went back to my lone guitar playing improvising and writing and recording without bothering to practice.
After about a couple of years I got a real job and my time was quite limited and I wasn't playing as much as I used to. Also I really got into online video games which made the guitar more like a hobby (I know I have sinned). Women also played a big part of it as well
Fast forward today... I've been striving to get better and have been playing as much as I can for the past year. I feel like I'm a lot better than 2 years ago but I still feel that I'm not as good as I wanna be. There's a lot of things I wanna be doing with my playing (like playing decent leads!) which I can't do right now because I'm not good enough yet.
I've been saving to get a new rig for a few months now and I'm very close to getting it! New guitar, new amp new everything! It will almost be like a new start so I'm pretty excited about it. I'm determined now to sit down and 'grind' through whatever I need to, to get to the point that I'll be happy with my playing. I thought it would be a good idea to prepare some basis to start on before I get my new toys. I started looking for guitar lessons/tips online and then I stumbled on this forum!
...and voila! Here I am, ready to learn new things, determined to get better and above all, to have a good time! See you on the forums!
P.S. Sorry if this is too much info lol. I felt like letting ppl know where I come from!