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My Musical Journey: The Altered Stage Chapter

by Eric Fitzgerald

About two years ago, I moved to downtown Chicago โ€“ the move was exclusively for work, and coming from Upstate New York, I didnโ€™t really know anyone in the area. Without anyone to ask where to find a guitar shop to pick up some new strings, I resorted to Google to see if I could find anything nearby. Only about four blocks away, this place called Altered Stage was one of a few results. There was a picture of people playing guitar, so I clicked into the website. After reading the About Us paragraph, completely distracted from my original objective, I ended up reading through every corner of the website with wide eyes. This sounded like the kind of place I had always wished existed.
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A Dream Come True

by Chris Medici

I love music, especially rock and roll. I always have. When I was a kid, I would secretly listen to my brothersโ€™ records. Music resonates with me unlike anything else.

Naturally, I wanted to learn to play. Over the years, I tried several times but I did not have the patience or discipline to stick with it. I even bought an electric guitar in college. And although I never stuck with it, I kept the guitar. I figured that someday I would learn to play.
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“You are next!”

“You are next!”

by Stรชnio Ferreira

As I heard these words and looked at the stage, my anxiety peaked. My friends were in the middle of their song, but I had gotten the call to start getting ready to go up the stage. I went to the side as instructed, and started tuning my guitar in preparation. Hitting the E string made me remember how far I had come since the decision, one month before, to join Altered Stage.

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