Hi everyone! Not 100% sure how this all works, this is my first post, so hopefully I am doing it correctly, if not, sorry! Been on the site for a while (and following Justin Guitar on YouTube for years) and thought it was finally time to introduce myself as this is, from what I have read and seen, a fantastic community that I would love to be a part of
I started my guitar journey at 14, in the early 90s, when I took a few in-person lessons, that was until the guitar teacher wanted me to try singing, but unfortunately I was so embarrassed at that age about singing (still am lol!) that I refused to go back. One of my biggest regrets…
I kept my acoustic guitar with me through into my early twenties but very rarely picked it up aside from learning a couple of common riffs, like Under the Bridge and the beginning to Stairway to Heaven.
In my mid-late twenties, I started to have periodic goes at learning guitar with more earnest, always using an acoustic as I had read you should learn on an acoustic before switching to electric (although I now don’t think that was particularly good advice). I never progressed from a beginner and my learning essentially consisted of searching for tabs on Ultimate Guitar and watching song tutorials on YouTube if I could find any (in those days).
Although I love all good music regardless of genre, I am intensely drawn to metal. From Slayer to Skeletonwitch, Pestilence to Putrid Pile, I love it! It was, and still is, the reason I pick up a guitar. However, I eventually realised that acoustic guitar alone really wasn’t allowing me to explore this genre properly. Thankfully, it was about this time that I was lucky enough to be given an old, beat-up, slightly rusty, warlock-shaped axe from a mate who was similarly into both metal and guitar. I worshipped that thing!
Getting an electric was like opening the door to a whole new world of awesome! I could finally start to get tones that sounded vaguely like I had always wanted to produce. Metallica and Slayer tabs were my bible, although, at best, I could barely struggle my way through a few palm-muted chugs with the odd power chord thrown in…
…And, as it happens, I am still in a similar place. Despite what are now many years of messing around with guitar and learning or, more accurately, attempting to learn a huge number of songs, I have effectively stagnated in my progression… Or at least that’s how it feels! I am sure I have developed some terrible bad habits and technique that is limiting my progress. I always seem to hit a wall that I can’t seem to get past…
And that is where JG comes in! I have enjoyed Justin’s videos for many, many years, dating back to the earliest ones which I came across whilst scouring YouTube for song tutorials. I have always warmed to Justin’s approach to teaching guitar and found his videos incredibly useful, not only as a guide but as an inspiration. As such, I am excited to use his course as a light in the dark and finally make some headway to becoming a proper guitarist!
Having now created a daily practice routine that has been maintained for 6 or 7 months, I feel confident this is sustainable over the long term and can stick to it without my previous hot & cold approach. Therefore, I committed to the JG course about 2 months ago and choose to start right from the beginning, as there are so many aspects of guitar that I have just ignored. I am about to start the course on power chords, which you won’t be surprised to hear I am very excited about! \m/
I have a couple of guitars, but mostly play my Solar GC1.6FAB which I absolutely love, and have two Boss Katana amps which I also love - two so I can have a friend come play… not that that actually ever happens lol!
Looking forward to getting stuck in and (finally!) improving at guitar! Also, spotted a couple of other metalheads on here so keen to connect!