...or work harder to achieve. For me its two styles that really get me down. The worst is by far finger style stuff. Think Tommy Emmanuel or Jerry Reed. I've always wanted to get really good at this whether it be with a thumb pick or hybrid picking. Tommy does it both ways, which is encouraging since I mainly hybrid. I've gave it a go a few times but usually never progress as far as I want. I mean I can do it somewhat but not oike I can play bluegrass, country, blues, and rocknroll. But when I think retrospectively about those four genres they were really really hard to learn, especially country and bluegrass. Yet, I put the hours, days, and years into learning them. So why do I give up on this style. It's not because I'm not willing to do the work, that's never stopped me. Then I watched a Tommy Emmanuel video on youtube today and I think he helped me discover the answer. My trusty old Guild has become become very difficult to play over the last 1-3 years. Not sure how long it been bad but over the last year or more I've been noticing it and complaining bigtime. I've played it until it's wearing out. I'm sure it needs a nut, a re-fret, truss rod adjusted, possible new saddle, etc. He talks about how this can effect people struggling and even cause carpel tunnel later on. I had never put the two and two together. I guess after playing for 11 years I had forgot that the instrument does make a big difference. I've never been one to use excuses. If I want to do something I learn how but I guess it comes a time to admit that my tool is holding me back. Time to work on it myself, just like I do everything else. I'll post some up to date pictures of my Guild tomorrow. It's looking old these days. He starts talking about it at 14:47.