I've finally come to a point where I am really discovering my own sound and style after 18 years of playing. I guess I've always had my own style and sound to a degree just by the fact I am myself... But I've become really aware of the details, nuances and what is unique to my playing and sound/tone. I wanted to discuss with other's the journey of finding yourself, discovering your technique and tone and maybe aspects of how one may get there. You often see discussions on forums, someone asking for tips to achieving a guitar hero's tone in which a number of replies will be "find your own tone", "don't tone chase!" and "don't try to sound like someone else, be original!". I can understand where these types of replies are coming from but I also think it's important that someone builds upon an established sound. It's very much the same way with techniques, learning from an established and proven technique in which to further develop yourself. I think most people will never 100% duplicate their hero's tone or technique but in the attempt can discover their own sound along the way. The reason someone wants to "tone chase" is because they like that tone right? So why not allow them to fallow that path and more than likely they will discover themselves along the way. It seems to me almost impossible to tell someone to just be 100% original especially if they have no foundation to build off of or to learn from. I think as we absorb all our different influences in both technique and tone then we can start piecing together our own identity as we learn more as to what makes things work. Hopefully that made sense.