Let me start with an apology it took me a while to introduce myself. Busy times (good excuse, no?).
My name is Lefteris, which derives from the word which in English would be equivalent to “free” or “freedom”. Sometimes I do believe this represents more ways than one.
I was born and raised in Athens, Greece and London, UK, is where I call “home” for a number of years now.
My first attempt at learning how to play the guitar was at uni. I didn’t go too far before I gave up though. I was playing an electric guitar which was given to me (I was given a choice between a Squire and that… so knowledgable was I…), it hadn’t been loved for years so I just bought an amp and though I could start learning… little did I know.
Eventually I gave up and thought I just wasn’t skilled enough for this.
I picked up the guitar again at the end of 2019. I bought a new guitar but used the same amp I had. At the same time, in tandem with learning how to play the guitar, I started learning how to maintain it as well (and since I like getting my hands dirty, even building them at some point).
That’s when I realised that that old guitar I started with was in need of some (a lot of) TLC. That’s my project now, I’m determined to resurrect that guitar.
I’m not quite sure how I came across Justin Guitar. I believe I watched a video on youtube about guitar setup and Justin had a guitar tech over and discussing about that. I believe that’s how I discovered the website.
Up until that point I was using a good ol’book and various resources online. The book was good enough but the online resources felt like there’s wasn’t a plan really. And this is what I have appreciated with Justin’s method, it feels there’s a plan and you get all you need to start playing songs and music.
I’m currently in Module 11, Grade 2 but I’ve been reading and “cheating”, skipping forward to satisfy my appetite. For instance, I skipped many lessons to find the ones about bending and vibrato. Once I figured the techniques, I started working on them and then applying them on songs. That’s how I actually started learning my two first “real” songs, “real” in a sense that they’re songs that I like and I’d actually play them for fun and I’ve learned them from start to finish, not just the riffs. They’re not too difficult, I’m talking about the Paranoid and the Ironman… I’ve worked on the solos too though which was very good for my confidence.
I know bits and pieces of other songs but I need to sit down and put the pieces together.
The journey goes on and is fascinating.
I’m glad to meet you all on here and I look forward to having fun learning, playing the guitar and supporting each other.