My Guitar Journey started when my Girlfriend bought herself a cheap fender knock-off guitar and i then played a bit on it and i liked it so much that i bought a Ibanez Gio starter guitar and a cheap fender amp.
Start September 2020:
So now that i have my own guitar, i can start having fun and i started with some random ‘howto play electric guitar’ videos and that helped a bit, but then i discovered this website and started making some real progress in the months that followed.
I started with some easy lead riffs from Iron Maiden, Nightwish and other bands that i liked. Not that easy, but still fun.
Some where around December 2020:
I deiced that i wanted real life lessons as that would have been better for me, but alas thanks to covid all the teachers in the neighborhood are fully booked until September 2022 and so i wait and tried to follow lessons on this site.
Early march 2021:
While doing the lesson “change as many times as you can between the chords E, A and D”, i sadly overburdened my wrist on the fretting hand and the diagnosis was “Wrist tendonitis”
My Wrist still hurts after a short while and this makes me think iam overbending the wrist, so in a moment of panic i contact a local teacher and iam allowed to come by and see if i doing something wrong. That was not the case.
okay, that little fender starter amp with a 6" speaker just sucks. Time for some semi pro amp that can handle my guitar. After some research i chose the “Boss Katana 50 MKII” and iam still happy with that amp.
Fast Forward september 2022:
My wrist is still hurting, but i’m stubborn and iam not going to stop playing and i start with my real life lessons.
I send my teacher a few songs out different metal subgenres so that he has an idea what kind music i like and what kind of effects they contain, so that he could create a learning plan.
One of the songs i send is ’ Last Goodbye’ from the Norwegian prog metalband ‘Circus Maximus’ and you can guess it, he chose the most difficult song to learn. Because he liked the intro melody and really underestimated how complex the rhythm in this song is.
The song in question:
The real life lesson are on a break until the January and i have some more time to practice. I made so much progress that i deiced: I need a new guitar to reward myself and so i started doing research and i fell in love with a " Schecter Reaper-6 Satin Satin Sky Burst". Expensive guitar, but that sound that comes out of it when you turn up the volume knop is just .
January and February 2022:
My wrist is still hurting, even after treatment, i then bought a “Daddario Varigrip” to see if that could help my problem and in combination with Anti inflammation gel it solved my issue for 90%! I can finally play > 2 hours without having much pain afterwards.
As for the ‘Last Goodbye’ song, i could play the first lead solo at about 60%, but after hearing myself on record, i noticed there was no feel for the rhythm. I took some gas back and started at 15% speed and now i’m at 42% with feel for the rhythm.
i’m also trying the chords and there not that hard as in i can do the positions without any troubles… its just the complex rhythms in the chords that are hard. There are pauses, palm mutes and than there are no pauses, but only palm mutes and so on.
For those that a curious, you can check out the tab on Songster:
To finish here is a picture of my gear:
You are seeing:
Guitar: Schecter Reaper-6 Satin Satin Sky Burst
Amp: KATANA-50 MkII
Wireless system: AKG WMS40 Mini Dual Instrumental
You are not seeing:
My guitar strap
My Nokia Tablet to play along with tabs.