Hi everyone, my names Brendan. I’m hoping to find my place in this community to talk about music and stuff
My guitar addiction started almost 2 years ago with a cheap jackson and a line 6 spider amp and has ended up costing more money in gear than I ever imagined (send help ). I never imagined myself playing music, I always felt like music was something beyond my grasp, but I was wrong. I started my learning with Troy Stetina’s metal guitar methods and patreon page, but at the start of the new year I discovered Justin Guitar. My musical focus is on rock and metal, and I have interest in blues and jazz (but that’s more a temporary musical detour when I get a little bored with rock and metal).
So I found Justin Guitar by accident when I was looking for some beginner jazz lessons and found Justin’s advanced lessons. The quality was superb (and above my level) and I quickly noticed he had courses organized into grades and modules and I can’t resist something so methodically organized. So I started working through the beginner series. Right away my strumming technique started improving and my fundamental understanding of guitar improved, so now I’m following through all the grades and supplementing Troy’s materiel with Justin’s (currently on grade 2). I’ve been finding the two methods compliment each other extremely well. I’m hoping to make a donation to Justin in April when I get three pay cheques in one month
One last thing, my guitar addiction has lead me into learning how to be a luthier. Now I’m filled with dreams of quitting my day job and opening a guitar shop (please! send help )
Hey Brendan, welcome to the community. I beat my GAS when I realized the gear wasn’t making me a better player, so now I have GPS instead. Good to see a Canadian here, I gained a really good Canadian friend working for a global company. I’ve had aspirations of learning to be a luthier. Another friend of minute took a couple of build your own guitar courses and now builds his own range of guitars and ukuleles.
Nice! I’ve been working on building my first guitar for quite a few months now. I got side tracked part way through and started making my own bench haha, but slowly the pieces are coming together.
So far my GAS has helped inspire me to play more, but I can see how quickly it will get out of control if I let it haha
It is Justin’s structure allied with his easy manner and supreme skills of teaching that make him so popular and successful at helping people all around the world to play.
Congratulations and kudos for stepping right back to the role of absolute beginner and stating from the basics.
Hey Brendan, sounds like you’re definitely on the right track!
Do not underestimate GAS it’s very sneaky, it attacks when you’re expecting it least! Her indoors keeps mine under control, she’s very clever at spotting any ideas I have about getting things in through the back door
Looking forward to hearing from you as you go through your journey, it’s customary to share recording(s) in the AVOYP section; it leads to critique, advice, encouragement and confidence to be gained plus keeping a record of your progress.
Join in the fun and enjoy!
Thanks for the reply guys! Stepping back to beginner was quite an amazing experience, Richard, it helped me appreciate all the hours of practice I’ve put it and how far I’ve come since I first picked up a guitar and thought “wow that’s a lot of strings, it’s so shiny, I hope he doesn’t give me a pick to play something”
And so it starts. Next will be the addition to put the bench in so you have more room, then new tools, then the shop thing starts to really gnaw at you. I am truly sorry, but you are so badly bitten there is no going back!
Glad you found a space here to share your insanity, er, I mean passion, with like minded folks.