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Feb 9, 1990 (Age: 29)
New Zealand
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Male, 29, from New Zealand

Looking for a practice regimen or exercise plan. Anyone use a particular one? Any advice? Jul 1, 2014

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    Feb 9, 1990 (Age: 29)
    New Zealand
    Professional Cat Lover
    Current Setup:
    >Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster w/ Steve Lukather active EMG set, custom bridge and gold hardware. One piece Maple neck, Candy Apple Red, set up in E Standard
    >ESP LTD Viper 400, gloss black. EMG 81/85 set w/ Earvana Compensated nut. Set up in D Standard

    >Fender Squier Vintage Modified P-Bass Special, with Jazz neck and P/J pickups. Candy Apple Red, rosewood fingerboard. Soon to be fitted with SD Steve Harris P-pickups and SD Quarter Pounder Jazz pickup. Considering replacing neck with Fender Jazz or Allparts Jazz maple.
    >Fender Jazz Bass Mexican Standard Fretless. 3-tone Sunburst, one-piece Alder body. Tapewound strings for that upright sound, Rosewood fretboard.
    >Warwick Corvette $$ 5-string. Gloss Black with twin MEC humbuckers. Low gauge roundwound strings, tuned to D Standard but needs a proper set up. Currently for sale.

    >Laney LV300H 120W head and LV412A 4x12 cabinet.
    >Vox VT120+ 2x10 120W combo, with tube preamp.
    >Fender Rumble 150W bass combo.
    Looking for a small but solid bass practice amp, considering Ashdown After Eight or Perfect Ten.

    //Pedal Board!//
    Currently in the works.
    Distortion pedals: Boss MT-2 modded Metal Zone, Metal Muff w/ Top Boost.
    Taking recommendations on compressor, Wah, Boost/Overdrive, Delay/Reverb and any others that are recommended! Also wanting to build a small bass pedalboard, or solid multi-effects pedal.
    Favorite Genres:
    Irish/Celtic folk, Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal, Folk Metal, Orchestral/Symphonic Metal. Basically every genre has something that I like, though. Currently looking into exploring jazz, would love recommendations on places to start.
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Currently solo. All equipment stolen in 2010, and only managed to buy new gear in early 2014. A lot of skill has gone, but it's slowly coming back. Need to go back to basics and relearn my chords and scales though, as my technical proficiency is better than my theory or musical knowledge and I'd rather the opposite. I want to be a musician, not just a guitarist.

    Currently looking for a competent, patient teacher for 1-2 lessons a week.
    Previously Owned Gear:
    My old guitar: Cort VX-4X with EMG-HZ pups
    Previous basses: B.C Rich Warlock, LTD F-255 5-string, Ibanez SG300
    Ye olde amps: Fender Frontman 30W, Ashton 15W practice amp, Jansen 300W head/cab half-stack.
    G.A.S. List:
    Too much to list. In the immortal words of Freddy, I want it all.
    Influences and Teachers:
    Steve Harris has been a huge inspiration, along with many other bands and musicians. Also, a few old friends -- Daniel Bent and Scotty Irons both helped me to learn the true joy that is achieved when creating music, especially with your friends.

    Also my partner and soul-mate, Hayley Allen. She lights my soul on fire, and she is the reason that I am here today and not in prison, in the ground or on the street with a needle hanging out of my cold, blue body. Thank you for saving me.
    Hobbies and Interests:
    Guitar, bass, video gaming, cats, my little family, writing, reading, and thinking.
    UnREAL//New Zealand
    I'm Rowan.

    A highly mediocre guitarist/bassist from New Zealand. Even more mediocre musician. Since 2010 when my gear was all stolen, I haven't played music at all. I couldn't even bear to listen to it usually. Now, 4 years on and with many of my demons conquered (drugs, crime, etc etc. shag you OxyContin.) I've returned to what I thought was a lost love. I intend to become a passable musician, and hopefully an average guitarist and better-than-average bassist. Bass was my first love, but I do enjoy guitar in a different way. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but if I had to choose to be amazing at one of them, then I'd probably pick guitar, sad to say. Mostly because it'd be easier to transfer the skillset, and it's more fun to practice bass than guitar. If I was automatically good at guitar, it'd be heaps of fun. But if I was automatically good at bass, I'd feel robbed of learning how I got to that point, you know?

    Anyway, I love my kittens -- Pepper and Scrambles. Actually they are full-grown, but they will always be my kittens. My partner Hayley is my rock, my inspiration and my best friend. I'm a bit of an outcast, truth be told. I have about 3 friends in the whole world that I could count on to help me if I needed it, and I haven't "hung out" with a friend in over a year now. Isn't that sad? I used to be quite a "popular" member of our rather large social group, since I was in a band and all that, but friendship is the biggest lie in the world. When you're up, everyone will claim you as a friend. And when you're down, those same people wouldn't piss on you if you were burning. Friendship is just a pretty lie, a convenient masquerade.

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