Am I the only one here that can't play guitar?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MikeD, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. MikeD

    MikeD New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2014
    Messages:
    133
    Likes Received:
    0
    I know I have to in the minority here but the reality is that I can't play guitar.

    It seems that I just don't have the talent no matter how much I practice.

    I bought my first guitar when I was 12, I'm 48 now and in all honesty, I've barely improved over the years

    I can play a couple of intros and sloppy pentatonic scale but not much more. And everything I play is without rhythm and with plenty of mistakes. And all this after a short 36 years.

    Now if I'm being honest, I don't really play/practice as much as I should. I'll go at it pretty good for a couple of months then not pick up my guitar for many months (if not years).

    But even when I'm playing a lot, my improvement is painfully slow. Then I get frustrated or just lose interest.

    Sometimes I think I can spend my way into playing better so I'm not shy about throwing money at gear. Speaking of which, I have a brand new Custom 22 coming in from Brian's Guitars on Monday.

    Yes, I paid full retail price for one of the finest guitars made when I have the ability that deserves a $99 Fender Squier :rofl:


    So I'm alone in this, right?
     
  2. watelessness

    watelessness Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    1,920
    Likes Received:
    961
    I can't play either
     
  3. NomadMike

    NomadMike New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2014
    Messages:
    890
    Likes Received:
    7
    As long as you enjoy playing that's all that matters.
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    25,722
    Likes Received:
    25,489
    Think of it this way: a great piano is ten times the price of a great guitar.

    Just think how much better off you are not being able to play guitar, than not being able to play piano. :top:
     
  5. tonyvenn

    tonyvenn New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2012
    Messages:
    146
    Likes Received:
    26
    THREAD OF THE YEAR!!!!

    Kudos to your candor, bravery and honesty!!

    I would say, after all these years...I've progressed to a decent rhythm guitarist and maybe...MAYBE a short solo. Think "Paul Stanley" or "Tom Scholz"......LOL...

    But yes, I have no issue throwing money at the problem! The way I see it is--if there's a nice instrument in front of me, I respect it as a piece of art and work hard to make it "sing". A $99 Fender would find the dumpster pretty fast and leave me uninspired.

    As an aside...with the advent of the Internet and guitar forums, you begin to actually believe that the world is inhabited by undiscovered Jimmy Pages and Eddie Van Halens!! I'm pretty sure there are a LOT more like us lurking about!

    Great post... :)

    Tony
     
  6. slev

    slev New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    5
    This is what I find to the biggest hurdle to improving. I try and play everyday even if it's just for a few minutes. I also look for some things I can play well and then keep playing them while I work on some more challenging licks. You have to enjoy it, it's a big stress reliever for me. I'm never going to be EVH or John Mayer but I do enjoy playing and collecting new gear.
     
  7. NomadMike

    NomadMike New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2014
    Messages:
    890
    Likes Received:
    7
  8. slev

    slev New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    5
  9. MikeD

    MikeD New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2014
    Messages:
    133
    Likes Received:
    0
  10. Chris528

    Chris528 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2012
    Messages:
    764
    Likes Received:
    21
    I'm with you, I am 40 and started playing when I was around 12-13. I am nowhere near am as good as I should be. I also have issue playing with others around.
     
  11. Big Mard

    Big Mard Little Gassy Here

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2012
    Messages:
    763
    Likes Received:
    211
    Love PRS guitars and can't play crap. I got my first one in 2012, a Bernie. 2 more SE's, a S2 and a McCarty later I now have 5 PRSi, one for each chord I can play. My biggest problem is I apparently have no rhythm. My strumming sucks. I started this with the plan of being able to play in my retirement days. So I have around 10 more years. Hopefully I'll get there. If not I'm going to enjoy the ride.
     
  12. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    25,722
    Likes Received:
    25,489
    It's a great solo because it is well-written, has something to say, it's utterly original, and it's a focal point for a great, beautifully crafted song.

    Lots of players can play something faster. Few can create a solo that's as good.
     
  13. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay...

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2014
    Messages:
    1,639
    Likes Received:
    1,300
    I'm with ya... 53 tomorrow, and have to work hard just to approach hack / wanker status.
    I do have decent rhythm though ... used to be a decent hack bass player...

    I just love the feeling of strings under my fingers, and when I actually learn something musical, it's very rewarding!! :top:
     
  14. JustRob

    JustRob Zombie Six, DFZ

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2012
    Messages:
    2,557
    Likes Received:
    1,286
    :hello: I suck. I was getting pretty good in high school, but when that ended and I had a traveling job the guitar went in the closet.

    FF 20 or so years and now I work with some other guys with the same desire and lack of skill.

    So we get together, cook out, do shots and record "albums". Horrible, horrible albums. Then laugh about it.

    But I fell in love with the feel of my 1st PRS, and It's my only real hobby.
     
  15. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    3,674
    Likes Received:
    4,351
    I learned on the family acoustic and didn't get an electric until I was married and in my 30's. So I can play chords ok but I struggle with solos. I've played more in the last 8 years than the first 30 put together. It's starting to pay off, but it comes much slower to us older folks. If we are all 12 again we'd pick it up much faster. Still I love playing a fine git fiddle.
     
  16. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc “Evil” Sergio. You can tell by the goatee

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    22,714
    Likes Received:
    39,619
    I just try to be creative... Sometimes that means I play guitar more often and sometimes not, don't judge yourself on proficiency, make something.
     
  17. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    25,722
    Likes Received:
    25,489
    This came as a complete shock to me, but it turns out that playing guitar is not a competitive sport!

    It's something else entirely.

    I also recently learned that no license is required to operate a guitar!

    I mean, you have to get a license to drive a car, and that's something that's a lot easier to learn, even though so many people aren't any good at it.

    Another thing about guitar: You can drink and play guitar at the same time and not get arrested for drunk guitar playing!

    This is called 'guitar player immunity.'
     
  18. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2012
    Messages:
    11,140
    Likes Received:
    18,873
  19. IKnowALittle

    IKnowALittle New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2014
    Messages:
    780
    Likes Received:
    570
    Well, I guess I'm the contrarian.
    I can't imagine paying the price of a core PRS if all I can play is "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" or "When The Saints Come Marching In".
    Just me, everyone is different.
     
  20. GS1

    GS1 New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2014
    Messages:
    285
    Likes Received:
    42
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice