I've been playing (self-taught) for about two years now. To summarize, I started playing classical music (viola) at age 13 in 2003, went to university for music performance between 2008-2012. Throughout my classical music life I also did a lot of composing, so I have a good deal of music-writing experience. Over the course of my university experience I began to grow disenfranchised and disillusioned with the classical music world, eventually dropping out in 2012. During the following years, I began to appreciate and listen to progressive metal, finding redeeming qualities in it that I felt had been lost in contemporary classical music. Several months after discovering the band Elitist in late 2014, I felt that I could find a new musical voice in metal. The only thing left was to actually be able to play electric guitar. I didn't think it would be that hard to "get good," but I couldn't have been more wrong. I've been practicing my ass off for a little over 2 years now, trying to reach a level I consider to be proficient enough to start writing music of adequate substance. I'm getting closer, but I'm still ways away. I eventually finished my music degree 2016-2017, forever cementing my decision to turn my back on modern classical music (quite an oxymoron). Anyway, that's me. I'm looking forward to learning more and finding something of a social network because virtually no one I know actually likes the kind of music I do.