Firas' Guitar Journal

Old song but new AVOYP posted of me playing it on my new Strat:

2023-10-06 - Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe

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I’m back home in Kuwait after my trip to London. I’m extremely happy and relieved that my new Fender Strat survived the airplane trip back home (first time traveling with a guitar) and has joined it’s brethren in my little home office. My eldest daughter immediately dubbed it “Blueberry”. When I asked her what made her choose that name for it she said, “because it’s so blue and yummy looking, I want to eat it!” :rofl: So the name stuck, which led me to come up with names for my other two guitars as well (posted below with their photo). My little corner of guitars and amps is getting a little crowded so I’m looking at buying a Hercules guitar rack that holds 3 guitars by default and can be expanded to hold 6 in the future (just in case you know) :wink:

Right to left:
Fender American Professional II Stratocaster HSS (Dark Night) “Blueberry”
Epiphone Les Paul Modern (Graphite Black) “Luna”
Squier Affinity Stratocaster HSS (Brown Sunburst) “Aurora”

I also had my recently ordered Fender Mustang GTX100 amp waiting for me to unpack, so it was an extremely happy day for me. Réunion with my family (wife & kids) and welcoming my new Strat and amp to their new guitar family :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Hey Joe - Riff

Intro solo lick of B.B. King’s - The Thrill is Gone (only first part of it):

Hey folks, I’ve been on a hiatus from the forums for some time now and stepped back into lurking mode really. A lot has happened in my personal life over the past 6 months that’s kept me away from being involved here in the community and sharing what I’ve been working on, but I’ve still been learning and playing guitar consistency and loving it more and more every day (not to mention that it’s helped me deal with a lot of the difficult times I’ve been through along with lots of support from my family and my Jiu-jitsu training and community which I’m extremely grateful for).

I’ve strayed away from the structured path here at JG after reaching the later parts of Grade 2, but I still refer to Justin’s lessons either from the various courses here or on his Youtube channel because they’re always invaluable to me (especially his song lessons) and I use the Practice Assistant daily. I’ve also dipped into some focused courses on other learning platforms and have been working with a personal guitar teacher since Nov. on a weekly basis or so to immerse myself in the blues (both rhythm and soloing).

I’ve even started jamming with a friend of mine a few weeks ago for the first time in my guitar journey (we’ve had 2 jam sessions so far), he plays a digital piano and his wife sings, which gave me the chance to revisit some of the songs I’ve learned here and to play them in different ways with him which is an amazing experience (I’ve learned and played 4 Non Blondes with him, both the rhythm and lead parts as well as the rhythm parts of the Cranberries’ Zombie). I hope to keep this jam practice going with him in between both of our respective family responsibilities at least every few weeks or month or so if possible.

As for my guitar learning progress, I’ve learned a few more songs mentioned above but haven’t recorded them. Most of my practice was learning to play blues rhythm, solos and started a bit of improvisation so most of my recordings are to track my progress and to review improve my playing techniques.

That being said, I thought I’d update my journal here with the few things I did record so here goes (I was inspired to do so by @Allaxxor 's question to me in this older thread so thanks for that :blush: ) …

2023-11-11 - B. B. King - The Thrill is Gone - Intro Solo
(linking this one again just for comparison with my later play-through recordings below)

2024-02-09 - Firas - Blues Riffs & Licks

2024-04-09 - BBKing - The Thrill is Gone - Solo 1