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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. To tell the truth i just don't know anymore. I used to get the occasional good day when it sounded good and that would give me the momentum to keep going all the other days when it didn't sound good. But i honestly don't remember the last day when i put the guitar away with that feel good feeling. It just gets put away with that deflated, that was a waste of time, feeling. The thing is also know that i'm being honest about my skills rather pessimistic.

  2. Red_Gloria

    Red_Gloria TDPRI Member

    May 18, 2015
    Bristol, UK
    When I started on the guitar I was sh1t. After a bit of effort I was really crap. For a long time I worked my way up to crap. Now I've achieved mediocre I'm finally getting somewhere with this music thing.
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  3. SnidelyWhiplash

    SnidelyWhiplash Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 18, 2009
    No matter how well you play,just go on youtube or,maybe even locally, & see a host of
    players that will make you want to take every guitar you own, drag them into a bigg
    pile & sacrifice them in an act of immolation. :cry:
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  4. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 26, 2003
    Augusta, Maine
    Better than some, worse than others. So what else is new?

  5. viking

    viking Friend of Leo's

    Jan 23, 2007
    Honestly , I have no idea what Im doing , sometimes I dont even know the name of the chords anymore
    But still , Im able to sing and play good enough to front a band , and people seem happy.
    I would never play anything other than basic music , frankly , I wouldnt know how
    I have never played the same solo twice in my life , usually Im able to come up with something on the spot , and sometimes I even impress myself , LOL
    It just seems to work out ok......
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  6. Dean James

    Dean James Tele-Meister

    May 13, 2016
    Podunk, New England
    "Well, I play guitar a little."

    "Really, what style?"

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  7. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    I don't know, but my post count is certainly evidence of sucking, I could be playing guitar instead of being on the net.

  8. SURF

    SURF Tele-Holic

    Jan 23, 2010
    I don't have a dog.

    Anyway I will continue playing.

  9. draggindakota

    draggindakota Tele-Meister

    Jun 28, 2017
    Lehigh Acres, Florida
    Picture this: You've beem learninf a certain song, doesn't matter what song really. Sitting in yiur bedroom, jamming with youtube it sounds pretty good, passable even. You can llay it without the youtube track and people actually recognize the song.

    Then one day you decide to drop by Guitar Center to check out a guitar you've been GASing over. You get it off the wall, plug it into a convenient amp and start to play the aforementioned song...except you've forgotten every chord, every change. What comes out sounds like a cat getting tazered on top of a guitar.

    Yeah, that's me.
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  10. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Tele-Afflicted

    I only sound nice in my head.
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  11. outbreak

    outbreak Tele-Holic

    Dec 28, 2007
    Depends on who i'm playing for, I'm good enough that for a non guitarist I can impress them but if i'm playing with other serious guitarists I'll probably look very mediocre. I really need to learn some actual music theory one of these days.
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  12. paratus

    paratus Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Dec 2, 2010
    That's me on a good day!:p

  13. Minimalist518

    Minimalist518 Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 5, 2017
    Yes and no. I’m a largely self-taught, intuitive player. For what I do, I think I’m pretty good and I have had some really nice compliments on my playing by other players.
    But I am far from satisfied. I’d like to be more relaxed into it without falling back on a bag of tricks, if that makes sense. I’d like to get to the point where I can leap into the unknown with more confidence, even if that confidence is occasionally misplaced
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  14. Grux

    Grux Tele-Holic

    Jan 10, 2017
    Clarksville, TN
    I'm never satisfied with where I'm at, and I hope to keep it that way. I'd say I'm above average, but in no way spectacular. I think if someone were to say they are happy where they are, they're done growing (and may even regress) as a player. I set the bar high for myself and I'm constantly reaching.
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  15. FenderLover

    FenderLover Friend of Leo's

    Jun 11, 2009
    I'm never satisfied either, but that's just the will be be better. I once heard a recording a friend made, and I asked, "Who's that? These guys are pretty good." He said, "That's you, dumba$$!"
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  16. Area51

    Area51 Tele-Meister

    Nov 4, 2016
    New Mexico
    I'm better than 99% of the other guitarist I ever play with. What I don't get is how that 1% is 1000000% better than me?

    My biggest weakness is playing, especially solo(!, not a solo), in front of other people. In a band setting it takes me a couple of songs to get over this and get in the groove. However, if I go into GC and pickup a guitar I'm like a deer in front of headlights.
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  17. Linkslover

    Linkslover Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2017
    I am probably better than i think, but that's primarily because when you do something for more than 40 years, it's hard not to attain at least some minimal level of competence.

    I know I'm bit very good because I've heard tapes of myself and everyone i play with is better than me (but then again, i must not be too horrible because they do play with me. Of course, they could just be super tolerant).

    And, i very rarely hear "That was really good."

  18. Jakeboy

    Jakeboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 26, 2008
    Sedalia, MO
    I ****ing hope not...

  19. Billnchristy

    Billnchristy Tele-Holic

    Sep 21, 2017

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