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Old January 8th, 2013, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Would you rather listen to music or make it?

Everyone else is so much better at it, i mostly think i'm happy just to listen

sure i'd love to but i simply haven't got what it takes

yet those gits still make me want to try

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Old January 8th, 2013, 08:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I rarely ever listen to music unless I'm playing along anymore. I'd much rather play.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 08:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd much rather play. I realized long ago that one of the keys to becoming good at guitar was to like the sound of your own playing better than listening to music.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 08:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Im neutral,I enjoy both equally
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Old January 8th, 2013, 08:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmmmm, tough call. I really enjoy listening to music, but it invariably leads me to picking up my guitar to try learning what I have just heard.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 08:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I don't listen to full albums at a time like I used to... random songs or utube explorations mostly...
or our own members music posted here... I enjoy that and appreciate the effort involved putting your own stuff out there....

I figure.. it's all on there... every rock song you've ever heard is on YOUR guitar somewhere...

I owe it to myself to make stuff up and I get pleasure from doing that .. like the greats did...

.. as opposed to being a entertainer type who needs a lot more material from all sources....
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Old January 8th, 2013, 08:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old January 8th, 2013, 09:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I rarely ever listen to music unless I'm playing along anymore. I'd much rather play.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 09:21 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hmmmm, tough call. I really enjoy listening to music, but it invariably leads me to picking up my guitar to try learning what I have just heard.
This for me too.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 10:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I wish I had enough time to hear and play everything ... and every instrument. It's hell I tell ya.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Would you rather watch pics, or make pics?
Thats about how I feel about it.
(But watching is still O.K. sometimes)
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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Wow, I'm not alone. I hate listening to music. I've heard everything that will ever be done with it, I feel. I know that, mathematically, I must be wrong, but all I need is a few seconds of something to get the gist. Still, I love the surprises. Amy Winehouse being the biggest.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Love listening to music, but I can only hear so much "great" music before I fell compelled to try and make some.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 11:50 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I LOVE listening to it, which makes me really inspired to MAKE it. It's a cycle. I really lose myself in both.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 01:08 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Both

I can't not have either in my life in huge quantities

I could live forever with no tv, no phone, no Internet.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 01:25 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Play.

But I should listen more, good for everything.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 02:17 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Depends on my mood and what I'm doing. Few greater pleasures in the world than laying back and listening to something I enjoy. Or getting fired up by a song when I'm doing something physical and just letting the music take me away. It's almost primal.

But, there is no feeling like making music. It is the closest thing to true magic that we have. I shape my fingers in a certain way on the fretboard, strike a specific set of strings with just the right pressure and angle and if I do it all correctly I create a sound from nothing, a sound that hopefully conveys what I feel as I play it to someone standing clear across a room. If that isn't sorcery I don't know what is.
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I listen to music at pretty much every possible opportunity...I also love playing it. To me, asking which I prefer is incomprhensible. It's like saying which do you prefer: a good meal or a funny joke.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 05:52 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I especially love listening to music while driving. My tastes are all over the place and I can go through different moods at the drop of a hat, or occasionally I'll get stuck on one thing for a few days or weeks.

There's also times where I don't feel like listening to music and just turn on sports talk.

As far as listening vs playing, I give playing the slight edge...but they're kind of 'one in the same' to me.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 06:00 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Interesting question.
As I age, I'd much rather play it, but listening to it also an
indispensable ingredient to my happiness/well being.
I am absolutely addicted to my passion/art.
For better or worse, it defines me.
I am, at 55, just beginning to understand the "how to" of music.
Kinda' late, I know.
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