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Do you play as poorly as you think you do...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by soulgeezer, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    ...or do you just tell people that, so that when they hear you, they are pleasantly surprised?

    I think I play pretty poorly, but people tell me they think I'm "great!" and they enjoy what I do. I'm so confused!
     

  2. gypsy jim

    gypsy jim Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter


  3. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    I have been surprised at times, when I've accidentally heard a recording of my playing, and before I recognized it, thought "that's pretty cool"
     
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  4. SoulstormTX

    SoulstormTX Tele-Meister

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    I feel I play pretty poorly compared to who I frequently compare myself to. Most people that I play for are generally blown away though. Take that as you may.
     

  5. ndcaster

    ndcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    underpromise and then overproduce

    been a good maxim in my experience

    it sure beats the obverse
     
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  6. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

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    May 12, 2008
    oklahoma
    I'm pretty mediocre. I have no disillusions
     
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  7. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Aug 17, 2012
    Seattle
    I am acutely aware of my limitations, but they're not such that I would consider myself a poor player by any means.
     

  8. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    52
    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    I agree, but I've also been known to say, "I only have to be good enough to fool a room full of drunks into thinking I'm great." Seems like there's a lot of truth in that!
     
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  9. blowtorch

    blowtorch Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    May 2, 2003
    Wisco
    Limitations are where it's at. Seriously, that's where you learn what you are good at
     

  10. Fred Rogers

    Fred Rogers Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 8, 2013
    Long Island

  11. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

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    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    That's what you say. But, what does your dog think?
     

  12. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free + Supporter

    Apr 20, 2013
    Northeast Ohio, USA
    Compared to a real musician? Poorly.

    If I play one of the scores of licks I know for someone, they seem to enjoy it, even if I play the easy "fakey version" (I know lots of licks, but can play very few songs end to end).

    I tell people what I feel my relative skills are, compared to musicians.
     
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  13. ab2012

    ab2012 Tele-Meister

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  14. teleamp

    teleamp Poster Extraordinaire

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    ha-ha I hope not, lol...
     
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  15. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Dec 29, 2010
    Illinois
    I'm a gawd-awful hacker.
     
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  16. soul-o

    soul-o Tele-Afflicted

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    Jan 29, 2007
    Boston
    I think I'm a hack guitarist with really good melodic instincts. And my tone is good.
     
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  17. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    I too, am surprised what people say about how good I sound. I am always trying to improve and I will acknowledge my skill achievement to myself when I make a breakthrough, but it is short lived as I pursue being even better. I suppose it is a grounding thing. I don't want my ego to get the best of me, so I don't allow myself to sit on my laurels. Actually, this is probably true with everything I do in life.

    I tell people, I'm an intermediate player, which is so vague I don't even know what that means.
     
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  18. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    52
    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    I usually tell people "I'm great at what I do, but I can't do anything else!" Laymen don't understand, but musicians get it instantly.
     

  19. Ash Telecaster

    Ash Telecaster Friend of Leo's

    Thats an interesting question. There are times I am on and times I am off. I used to editorialize on my playing but realized there is really no point to that. Now I just say thank you.
     
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  20. elmoscafeo

    elmoscafeo Tele-Afflicted

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    Jun 29, 2012
    Chicago Suburbs
    I have an expression...I can make any $3000 guitar sound just like a $300 one.

    I walk eagerly in to my local GC, walk confidently to the wall of candy, carefully select my prize and plug in to the most beautiful combo that I can find just to have my day dream crushed by some 16 year old that totally blew me away.
     
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