Hi there! I’m Felix, and I live in Orange County, California. Long-time classical pianist. I tried to learn the guitar, and a rock guitarist suggested I learn classical guitar first, so that’s what I did for a while. I’d get into it for a while (mostly using Mel Bay’s “The Complete Carcassi Guitar Method”), but I kept stalling out at barre chords and became convinced it just was not my instrument (I wish I’d seen Justin’s F-chord lesson on this that does a great job preparing students for how difficult the process is).
Tried learning drums, bass guitar, and synthesizers, all of which were interesting in their own way, but they never really grabbed me, and I also didn’t seem to have a knack for any of them. My drum teacher kept pressing me to learn songs, but I just kept doing exercises. The only song on the bass I learned was “Money,” and on the synths, I tended to find myself just tweaking and organizing patches and playing the same thing over and over again in them.
At this point, my piano playing got to the point where I could play and sing whole pop/rock songs, but I kept getting frustrated by not being able to rock out and how terrible distortion would sound whenever I tried to use it. And then my wife suggested I try out the electric guitar, pointing out that barre chords are easier on it due to the smaller neck.
And so it was! And then I also found that it’s the one instrument that I just keep picking up and playing around with every day! I had a hard time finding a good way to structure my learning, though. I came across this site per the recommendation from Guitar Junky. However, I just wrote it down in my notes but never got around to looking at it more closely until I found Justin’s great tutorial on “Summer of '69” on YouTube and realizing it was the same person!
I play a blue Ibanez RG6003FM paired with a Boss GT-1 multi-FX pedal (which I love so much that I never bother firing up my Reason DAW that I had originally planned to use for my FX). Since the Boss comes with amp simulators, I just run it to my keyboard amp (a Roland KC-550 I got for a great deal on CraigsList back when I lived in Austin, TX), or just via the headphone jack to my portable computer speakers if I’m on the go.
Anyway, glad to meet y’all!