Erkan's Guitar Journey

Hello dear music lovers. I greet you all.

It’s been 2 years since I started playing guitar and I wanted to share my experiences with you as best as I can.

-January 5, 2021-
A turning point for my life. I had a conversation with my brother and asked for a loan which is about 230 USD. Thanks to my brother I got my first guitar. It was a Ibanez ijrx20u-bl and I still have this baby. And when I got the guitar in my hands, I immediately started practicing. I still remember my left hand’s fingers really hurt.

Here’s my picture with my brand new guitar. First day that I bought it.

-15 May, 2021-
I worked for weeks in a construction site to gain money and buy me new equipment. I bought myself a Professional Microphone to being able to take some records in my house. Also I bought Behringer UM2 Audio Interface which opened me the doors of digital music. I discovered Guitar Rig and amazed by the tones. Now, Practicing guitar was more fun and I enjoyed.

-The following six months since January 5-
It was a perfect period for me. I practiced EVERY DAY for hours. Sometimes 5 minutes, sometimes 4 hours. It doesn’t matter, I practiced every day since January 5. And somethings really bad happened… I got Covid-19. I remember how tired I was. I couldn’t move my arm. So in this situation, I couldn’t practice guitar and as a result my discipline broken. I felt really sad about this because I had a discipline chain and I knew it was really really really hard to recover this chain again.

-After Covid-19-
It was a period of struggle. It was like A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens :grinning: So, I had problem about practicing because I was always feeling sad about my discipline got broken but I didn’t give up. I continued to practice and again I felt the good vibe of music on my soul and on my fingers. I was happy to being able to practice guitar again.

-September 5, 2021-
I won university and went a smaller city rather than Istanbul. Here, opportunities were less and music was not that popular but still I found some people into music and started to play with other musicians. It was a great time for me to earn some experience.

-January 5, 2022-
My first year anniversary!!! :partying_face: :partying_face: :partying_face:

-February 22, 2022-
I started to learn DAWs and recording. It was thought times because I had nobody who understands about these things and everything was up to me. I had to learn by myself. So, I started doing it (Did I had any other choice ?) and I figured it out that I am a fast learner about music.

Even I asked you guys to help me about the things I had problem. Thank you again. It was really helpful.
The topic I asked for help :slight_smile:

Aaandd, I produced my first digital music ever.

Here is the demo of my first digital production.

-October, 2022-
I continued to practice. I met a friend of my in my class at the university who is interested in singing so we agreed on jamming together. After few sessions we thought we have a potential and we can produce. So we started without knowing anything about creating music.

-January 1, 2023-
We found our band called “Beyaz Karanlık (White Darkness)”.

The song was going good but it was hard for me because I didn’t knew anything and when I want to change even a small thing in the song It was taking my hours to do it. Mostly I couldn’t do what’s in my head so results were mostly disappointment .

-January 23, 2023-
Woww! We finished our first song ever!

It was great for me because I created everything in the song except singing and bass lines :slight_smile: Hence, I learned soo much!! I used theory and I amazed by that. I amazed myself, in just 2 years, without any professional help and only using internet (mostly JustinGuitar) I produced my first song and formed my band!

-January 27, 2023-
After publishing our song the feedbacks were awesome. We went to see some professional in our city to get some criticizing and what could we do better. Now, I have more confidence and vision for future and being into music much more. My story is this (for now) and the most help I got for my story came from Justin and his crew. I can’t thank you enough Justin and his hardworking and helpful crew for what are you doing right now. I wish best for everyone. I will try to keep this story updated when a major thing happens. Have a good practice and good luck everyone. :pray:

-February 1, 2023-
Yesterday I came Istanbul to visit my family and buy me an acoustic guitar cause trying to sound acoustic on electric guitar is not giving me enough performance I desire. Because I have a low budget I scanned for second hand guitar on the internet and agreed with someone. He is also in Istanbul but we’re far from each other. So, it took my 7 hours go to other side of Istanbul and come back to my home but it worth it because now, I have a Yamaha F310❤️ I am so happy and excited right now. Hope that this guitar will accompany my very well on my journey.


Hi Erkan,
I wish you a long , great and fun road :sunglasses:

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Thank you Rogier. I appreciate it! :pray:

Superb sharing of your story so far Erkan, you’ve come a long way in a short time, pretty inspiring to have gone so far as creating and recording a single to release! :clap:
Wish you all the best.

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Hello Erkan, thanks for sharing your story. That’s really amazing. You reached a lot in a very short time :hushed:. I’m looking forward to hearing more from your guitar journey.
I wish you and your band good luck and a successful future :+1::smiley:.

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Wow Erkan, that’s a cool story! Congrats for developing so many skills in this short period of only 2 years. I think Justin would be excited about the way you’ve gone. You didn’t only learn to play songs, you’re producing yourn own music. That’s fantastic!

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Thank you Mark. I really appreciate it. Wish you the best. :pray:

Hello Nicole, thank you for your amazing wishes. I hope you the best. :slight_smile: :pray:

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Thank you very much Andrea. It makes me excited when I think that Justin will see this post and appreciate my journey. I managed very much things thank to him and his crew. I wish you the best. :pray: :pray:

Hey Erkan, thanks for sharing your journey. It’s a great story and I’m glad you got your groove back after having covid. Look forward to hearing more from you.

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Thank you very Much Tony. I’m also glad that I didn’t quit. :pray:

Inspiring story, Erkan, and loving the song (again) as I reply now.

Look forward to updates as you continue to live the dream.

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Thank you David. I hope to be successful and share it with you.

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