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This is a great way to get started in our guitarist community, please say hello and introduce yourself to the other members!

Remember that communicating with other members is a quick way to monitor your progress and maintain momentum.

Please use the comment section below to introduce yourself!
Where are you form? How did you get started playing guitar?
  • Alan Alan says:

    Hello all!
    Some background – I’m 57, recently “retired”. I played guitar when I was a kid, up to about 18 years old. Played mostly bars and nightclubs; my band mates were all 10 years+ my senior which helped me grow in some good ways and not so good. Guitar was stored (beautiful ’76 LPC) when I became a father early and I laser focused on earning a living. So here I am today. I have been trying a number of online courses, but when I saw this I just had to try and participate. I need to reinforce my fundamentals badly. Even my timing and rhythm are off (when I think about it anyway). I can still play a number of tunes I have learned over the past few months. Crazy Train, easy but the win was about half the time keeping up with Randy Rhodes on the awesome solo. Some SRV, Hendrix (complete with thumb), VH, Pink Floyd, and nearly bit on the Santana masterclass, just a little rich given my current situation. I really respect Kiko for making the time to try and share your gift of awesomeness. Thank you!

  • Hello, I am Giorgio, I’ve started playing classical guitar when I was 10 and moved on to electric at around 15 because I became obsessed with the music of Guns n Roses, Metallica and Iron Maiden!

    I have been progressing regularly until I started getting a full time job and now I am trying to get back to a more consistent practice routine.

    Also, I am the webmaster for this site so you can direct all the complaints to me 🙂

  • Alain Alain says:

    Hello from France, I am really a piano player but decided to start learning guitar (metal) as a new year resolution. Thanks Kiko for all the content, it’s been helping a lot!

  • Hi, Im Alan from Arkansas USA. I’m 38 and have been playing since in the 5th grade. Married with 3 boys under 7. I was in high school when introduced to heavy music and would spend nearly all waking time self teaching myself guitar. Played in some local bands during college but stopped to start a career. Since I would pick up guitar from time to time as a hobby. I would say I hit a peak in my playing which was limiting. Recently discovered and purchased this course (among others), but have only stuck with this one. Its Kikos logical and focused approach which has inspired me to revisit all aspects of my playing. I have picked up or refined skills which has been very motivating. My family has witnessed my love for playing come out and kids are involved and intrigued as well. They all have guitars too. Many thanks to Kiko and team.

    • Hi Alan, thanks for being such an engaged member of this community, can’t wait to see how your playing is evolving!
      it’s also so cool that your family and kids are getting involved as well, it pushes me to get my 9 years old to spend more time in the studio.

  • Marc Hanson Marc Hanson says:


    My name is Marc from Salt Lake City, UT. I’m a 44 year old self taught guitar player. Going through Kiko’s workout is proving to be a little frustrating since I’ve developed so many bad practicing habits over the years, but in the end, I think this is going to be good for me. It will build character, as my dad would say.

  • Hi My name is William from Cuba a huge fan of Kiko since Angra.
    I would like to take this course but it says that is already full,.
    When is going to be open again?
    Can you help me with that ?
    Thanks so much

  • Basit bagi Basit bagi says:

    Hi I’m basit from pakistan and i have been playing from 2014 and i have play guitar with many famous artist in pakistan from last 2 years i have change my genre eastern classical to western prog rock,blues

  • Hi my name is Emile Breseghello, i’m 14 year old and started playing guitar 2 years ago. i’m from Toulouse, a big and beautiful town in France.
    I started playing guitar because of Metallica. my favourite band since i listened to them. I’m new into Megadeth, and when i listened “Conquer Or Die” kiko’s solo blew my mind! So i think this courses can help me to improve my guitar level !

  • Marc Marc says:

    Hello guitar hackers!
    Marc from Barcelona here, I’ve been playing guitar forever, but just haven’t progressed as a soloist, always wanted to play classic Blackmore solos but it just isn’t happening, so… A: being a lefty playing right (like Kiko) – which is very inspiring – and B: Confined at home due to the damn Co-vid plague, can’t think of a better way to improve than joining this course and since I’m not leaving home any time soon, I can fully dedicate my plentiful free time to it every cloud has a silver lining…

  • Alan Warsaw Alan Warsaw says:

    Hello, I am Alan from Maryland in the U.S. I am a 55-year-old former drummer turned guitarist. As a teenager, while I never have any formal training as a guitarist, I always had a better ear than the guitarist in our band and would figure out the guitar parts for them. After health issues took out my legs I decided to focus on my guitar playing to feed my desire to continue making music. While trying to improve my technical abilities by watching YouTube videos is how I stumbled on to Kiko’s amazing skills and became a Kino fan.

  • Marc Marc says:

    Marc from Barcelona here. I have been playing forever but have never progressed as a soloist, always wanted to play Blackmore classic solos but to no avail. So, being a lefty playing right (like Kiko) and having terrible right-hand coordination and being confined for the next three weeks due to the co-vid crisis I think it’s a terrific opportunity to improve skills, especially since I (we all) have plentiful free time… let us invest it wisely. A golden opportunity to build up some great chops. Every cloud has a silver linning…

  • Tim Kennedy Tim Kennedy says:

    Well, Thanks to Kiko opening up the #2 bootcamp hacks its been a huge part of my day! Thanks Kiko, i work the front lines during this Pandemic and My passion for the guitar has grown exponentially! I have a stressful job(which I’m blessed to have during this time), and Kiko’s course has helped more than I can say! Thanks Kiko and thank all of you for being there for each other! this is what makes us strong, and soon to be great guitarists like Kiko!

    BTW I live in the Great White North Calgary Alberta Canada!

  • Sayan munshi Sayan munshi says:

    Hi I am sayan , I am 32 year old and father to 2 daughters , 4 year old and 2 month old . I am from kolkata, India . I have recently started playing rhythm guitar again and play Megadeth , Metallica , pantera , Iron Maiden in a band . I want to improve my guitar skills for myself . By profession I am a businessman and playing the guitar is something I do for myself . I am really weak at soloing , playing fast licks and incorporating it in a solo . So here I am with you guys with kiko as our teacher ( I am thrilled couldn’t have asked for anyone else ). Hope stay consistent and improve .

  • Hi I’m Andrew Stephens. I’m from GA USA. I’ve always been a huge Kiko fan!
    Anyways, I’ve always admired his musical approach to guitar heavy music. It’s not just mindless shredding. It’s so intentional. I realized I’ve been wanting to improve and being guided by the man himself is as good as it gets! Other than that I played on a project Kyle Morrison-Piano Metal that also features Dirk from Megadeth. I am so excited for the opportunity to grow with you all!

      • Thank you Kiko! I’m enjoying this course so much! The deliberate practice is helping tremendously. I’ve actually had the pleasure to meet you in person twice. Once at Progpower USA and then you played a guitar clinic at Ken Stanton Music in GA. I won a metronome(for guessing you were left handed) and had you sign it. It’s actually the metronome I’m using while I’m practicing the course. Later I picked up a Red Kiko 10P. Absolutely love that guitar! Thanks for all the inspiration through the years. I’ll be the best student I can be!

  • Greetings, I am Louie from Beaumont, California which is near Riverside/San Bernardino. I am 54 years old and started training in classical guitar when I was 11. In the 90’s I took guitar lessons from Kevin Lynch who was in the Bill Ward Band and I played the Sunset Strip before. After 20 years of a hiatus, I reunited with my old band mates and we are writing material for an album. I am super excited about taking my playing to another level as I get closer to my retirement…LOL.

  • Reto Marugg Reto Marugg says:

    Hi all!
    My name is Reto, I’m from Switzerland and 46 years old. My main Ianguage is German, so please forgive me my mistakes. I started guitar playing at the age of 12. I play in a hobby band since over 20 years with a break in between.

    As a kid I’ve been listening mainly to Hard Rock and Heavy. I’m no longer into these genres anymore, but I’m a big fan of the video footages from Kiko on YouTube. To see a little bit how the life of a touring musician is, is always interesting to me.

    As a band, we play mainly Blues and Soul. But I was thrilled to get my hands on to the lessons from Kiko, as it is not genre specific. Speed is not the most important for my playing style, but I can benefit greatly from Kiko’s teaching about technics and learning progressions.

  • Greetings from Berlin, Germany. I’m originally from Brazil and a huge Kiko fan. I’ve being playing guitar since I was a kid. My father used to have a music store in Piracicaba (not so far from São Paulo) so music was all over our house! I further graduated in music and moved to Europe for work. Nowadays I’m doing R&D for audio/music software between LA and Berlin! Guitar has always been my passion! I met Kiko a couple of times back in the days and it was always very inspiriting! He’s been always very kind, a tremendous player and an awesome guitar instructor! With very little time left lately, your workout routines are just perfect! Thank you! Looking forward to rocking with you guys! Stay safe and see you online! Andre

  • Hi, I am Nadeem from Oman i am 46 and playing guitar self thought and play in band playing cover songs. I am extremly happy to join Guitar Hacks and to learn more deep and develop my skills, learning from Kiko is like for me a dream come true.

  • Hello Everyone I am Frisco Sensing and I live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area of the United States. I have been playing guitar for about ten years and I am self taught for the most part. I admit I started pretty late in the game at the age of 36 and I have never had a formal lesson. Although I aspired to play like some of the greatest lead guitar players I found it very difficult for me to reach those incredible speeds of sound. I discovered that rhythm playing seemed to come more naturally to me and singing while doing so. I would like to say that I am like a natural James Hetfield from Metallica if you will. Lately I feel as though I have flat lined with my skill level and kinda feeling like I hit a stone wall when it comes to technical skills and creativity. So as I decided to expand my horizons and as I was looking at some music from Megadeth that’s when I discovered Kiko Lourerio also taught lessons and was starting up Guitar Hacks. While listening to some of his instruction and advice I realized that he struck me with inspiration and put the wind back into my sails. I feel that he is pretty genuine in his approach and I am already seeing improvements in my lead guitar playing as well in some other ares in just one week of following his one hour practicing guidelines.

    I am very grateful to have this opportunity and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone! One Love 💜 Riff~Life 💜

    Thank You!

    • Hi Frisco,
      I agree with you, that Kiko has brought new inspiration to rock guitar players that had previously hit a plateau like me, because of Kiko’s disciplined way of teaching fundamentals, and modern techniques. I feel fortunate to be here too.

  • Corey Slim Corey Slim says:

    Hi, Im Corey from Albuquerque NM, im 27 yrs old, I’ve been playing guitar since 12 yrs old, i started out as a drummer in the beginning, music is my life & runs in my father’s side of the family, i love megadeth & your playing in different styles of music, your lessons helped alot for my struggles in practice, Thank you so much

  • Skyler mills Skyler mills says:

    Hey! My name is Skyler Mills and i am from Canada, I started a thrash metal band around the age of 16, im 25 years old now and we’re still going strong! music is the most important part of my life, after my last tour up the west coast i realized i was held back by my abilities, compared to my peers. so i decided its time to become a pro and kikos playing has really inspired me to increase the amount of tools i have in my tool box!
    I am very excited to head down this path to success lead by such a great person. thank you kiko for taking the time to help.
    p.s if any of you want to check out my bands music, you can PM me and ill be happy to share. i hope thats okay i posted on here!

    Rock on

  • Hi, I’m Miguel, I’m 31, father of a 15 month old, I live in Los Angeles and have been playing guitar for about 17 years now. I decided to pick up guitar when I was in middle school and while working on a project at a friend’s house they played Megadeth and Stratovarius songs and I immediately thought “I have to learn how to do that” and here I am. I consider myself an intermediate guitar player in the sense that I can play most of the songs I like to some degree (butchering the solos most of the time), but I’m working on learning a little bit more theory and breaking out of my plateau (sweep arpeggios and hybrid picking are the death of me). Looking forward to improving with Kiko’s method.

  • Paul Pirozzi Paul Pirozzi says:

    Hi Everyone, many name is Paul. I’m from Harrisburg PA. Before I introduce myself I hope everyone and there family’s are safe and healthy. I started playing guitar back in high school. I heard Van Halen 1 and that was it for me. Then I saw Malmsteen with Alcatraz . whole 🌎 changed. Was also a huge fan of Kiko playing before megadeath. I saw clips of him teaching on YouTube. He’s just a natural when it comes to instructing. If anyone knows who his teacher was in 🇧🇷 you would be blown away as well. Anyway happy to be here and look forward to sharing with everyone

  • Marvin Marvin says:

    Hey everybody! I’m from NW Pennsylvania, I’ve been playing guitar for about 25 years. You are probably thinking that I should be really good, right! Well the truth is, I’m not. The first couple of years my skills grew fast, but then my playing became stagnant, I stopped trying to push myself (becoming a Dad had a lot to do with that). I also made the mistake of not spending enough time on one thing, mastering and ingraining it into myself, before moving on to the next new thing. 90% of what I learned in the last quarter of a century, I forgot. My goal here is to apply Kiko’s strategy for focused practice and take my playing to a level that it has never been. Thank you.

  • Nils Patrick Nils Patrick says:

    Hello all together,
    great to read from so many musicians around the globe!
    I’m from southern Germany and have been playing guitar since I was 12, started teaching at 16 and later made my degree as a singer for jazz and rock.

    I recently gave up my part-time job in IT to dedicate my life completely to music and found a great opportunity to improve my technique in Kiko’s course. So I practice a few hours a day and my family supports me – I am a lucky man. 🙂

    I’ve built a home studio over the years and released a solo record. Working on the next one.

    I wish you all the best in this crisis – I hope it will soon be over. Then I might see some of you live!
    After all, Kiko was here two years ago! 😀

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