Hey Metal Guitarist, my name's Matty O', and I haven't been able to log in here since I joined, which is in my profile, it was a really long time ago. I updated my profile with the better gear I've gotten since then, so I hope you guys like that. I picked this user name I have for two reasons. One, Mr. Abbie Hoffman was a revolutionary from my hometown of Worcester Mass, where Godsmack also is from, and the Jr., is to show off my meager weak abilities to play guitar, compared to basically everyone else here probably lol!
Worcester had two kinds of kids when I was growing up, the jocks, and the musicians. I completely suck at all sports so I didn't like the jocks, so I ended up hanging out with the musicians. One day at a band practice somebody asked "Hey man, can you sing? None of us want to and we suck at it." So I did and did mostly ok. However when I started to write lyrics for songs on paper, all of Worcester was like "Dude, do you know what chords are in this?" I didn't so they said, "Go learn something and come back." So I had to start guitar. The singing thing was when I was 15, when everything started, and then I started guitar at 18. I've been singing and playing at the same time since 21. None of this is special, and neither am I, but it's how it was.
I suck at skipping strings, I'm no way a shredder, and I can't fret tap or do pinch harmonics or sweep even if somebody has a gun to my head, in that case I will just die. I also kinda feel like those techniques don't fit my Jr. level music anyway, so I'm cool with that. I basically hammer on or pull off as fast as I can on one or two strings in key in the scale, and some slow bends once in a while. It works for my stuff or other easy to play music. As far as I know I'm at least not copying anyone so at least it's kinda my own style, but sometimes I'll quote a few notes of someone if it's a song about them, which I only have two of. So far only one of those is approved. If the other is not that part will be chopped off in the release version. I'm working on that one now with my friend from England I found in the Metallica board, one Tony Beggs of England who is the most wicked awesome music friend I've ever made and is the hugest help ever, but I don't know his user name here yet. Maybe when I find that out I'll mention that in the replies, providing there are any. I think in terms of this forum that's the only one of my songs that would maybe fit in here. I'm kinda scared of posting any of my links here yet because I'm really sure they will get viciously made fun of as will I for ever after and I'm not ready for that right now. Maybe if somebody asks nice I'll do so in a replay to this, if this even gets any replies at all.
Lastly after 17 years of fighting and struggling in Hollywood I at last ran out of places for me and it gave me the boot, so I'm closer to my family in Memphis Tennessee now. If any of you live here please respond in a reply! I've been here since October of last year and so far I'm finding it's a lot harder to form a band or find anybody to jam with here than it was in Hollywood for whatever reasons I don't know, so I would greatly love to meet anyone from there that's here, even if all they're offering is snarky jokes and insults, as the introduction sticky thread mentioned.
Ok well thanks a lot for reading what kids these days call a book long post, and I'll make sure to wear my raincoat gloves and mask next time I check back in case any interesting things are thrown at me in reward for this post. Thanks a lot, Matty O'