I think I am. ....

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  1. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    To a point that I have had that aha moment and am a good guitar player. Not great but good. Things are coming easier to learn and I'm very relaxed when I play. Beginning to feel like I finally deserve what I own. It's been a long journey but we'll worth it. Still struggle with timing though. If I get that down pat I might be really good. Thanks for letting me ramble
     
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  2. AP515

    AP515 Mostly Normal

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    That's a great moment in a guitarists journey. A memorable one for me was when I found that my ear had developed to the point where I could play along with most any non-jazz song after fiddling with notes, and then chords, until I could find the progression. That's when I really fell in love with playing.
     
  3. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Congrats! I'll never get there, which is why I live vicariously through everyone else here!
     
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    Steve's addiction New Member

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    Thanks AP! Bodia you will get there. Many times I felt the same way. Then one day...
     
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    dcm_guitar New Member

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    I remember when I was just starting. I was a "beginner". Then I progressed to being a "new player". After a while I got "pretty good". Then I got "good".

    And then I realized I was "not that good"; which quickly became "ugh".

    Now, I've been playing for 20 years. I've taken private lessons with jazz guys. I've worked through lots of finger style exercises (I am a decent Travis picker), I'm taking lessons from a very accomplished rock/jazz guitarist. I've picked up a good deal of music theory along the way. I've released CDs (to no acclaim), I've played live countless times as both a soloist and as part of a group.

    Turns out, I'm still a "beginner".
     
  6. veinbuster

    veinbuster Coming of age

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    I got to the point where I no longer worried about what people might think about what I was doing trying guitars in a music store. Not because I got good...I just figured I’d never see them again so what they thought didn’t matter.
     
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  7. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I suck as a lead player, and I can hold my own (subjective) as a rhythm player.
    I'm having fun in that role with a cover band along with being lead singer.
    Musically satisfied. Best hobby ever.
     
  8. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I can’t speak to the playing in music stores thing, but I got to the point where as long as I got enough time during a session to try out a few ideas, I wasn’t too shy to do what I felt like.

    I’m still a better keyboard player than guitar player, but turns out that doesn’t seem to be an issue.
     
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  9. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I echo dcm’s comment! I always feel like a “beginner”!

    But as long as I’m having fun, as Dave said, that’s all that matters.

    I’ve worked for pay for several years, taken a decent break and came back to guitar a few years ago. I prefer rhythm to solo work, but long to improvise more comfortably!

    Then the vocals come into the equation and I think I enjoy singing just as much as I do playing! What a dilemma!
     
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  10. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc The pullout king.

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    Bodia can play, he just likes being self deprecating.
     
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  11. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Geez... I thought I was the only one with that scout badge!:p
     
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  12. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    For whatever reason if you listen to most interviews with pros they feel like beginners themselves. We all know how good they are but they feel they should/could be better. I guess that means we are better than we think but not as good as we will be. I've learned I don't have to play as good as (fill in name), I just have to be as good as I am capable of being.
     
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  13. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    If you think about it, millions of people listen to music with guitars in the track, but don’t listen to “guitar player music.”

    Being a great player is inessential.
     
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    Steve's addiction New Member

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    Good point Les. I totally agree
     
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  15. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Ah, I dunno about that, but thanks!

    When it comes to self deprecating, and scout badges, I'm an Eagle Scout!
     
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  16. vchizzle

    vchizzle Birdman.

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    I’ve never been a music store player that will dazzle with all my hot licks and crazy riffs. I sound pretty damn good with my band though. After I realized that songwriting and arrangement hold a lot more weight for what I do, I concentrated more on those things rather than being an impressive player on my own. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of things I want to improve on personally.
     
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  17. Steve's addiction

    Steve's addiction New Member

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    100% agree. I enjoy playing leads but much prefer to be known as a rhythm master than a shredder. Still working on it but getting closer.
     
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  18. alantig

    alantig Sassyless pants

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    Same here. I realized a long time ago that I'm better when I play to the song rather than trying to be technically impressive.

    I do love playing passages in styles other than they were originally done when I'm trying gear out. I once made a guy do that dog head twist when I was playing the solo from "I Don't Know" as a slow blues. He just had a look like, "Wait...what...is that...?"
     
  19. Boogie

    Boogie SuperD

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    Replace “pr” with “f” and the story takes a sharp left into the gutter...err...sewer. :eek: That badge wasn’t around when I was in the Cub Scouts, thank goodness.
     
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  20. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

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    I hate playing in guitar stores, and I hate having a salesman hover while I'm trying something out. As soon as somebody stops to watch or listen, I'll forget how the d@mn song goes, it's beyond mental at this point!
     
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