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Would you rather listen to music or make it?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by fuzzbender, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. fuzzbender

    fuzzbender Former Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    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
  2. gitold

    gitold Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2009
    Denver Co.
    I rarely ever listen to music unless I'm playing along anymore. I'd much rather play.
  3. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    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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  5. Mulldune

    Mulldune Tele-Meister

    Jan 4, 2013
    Im neutral,I enjoy both equally
  6. dman

    dman Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 28, 2008
    Antioch, IL
    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.
  7. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity

    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....
  8. pondcaster

    pondcaster Friend of Leo's

    Nov 29, 2010
    Tryon, NC
  9. banjohabit

    banjohabit Tele-Holic

    Mar 17, 2011
  10. Mad Kiwi

    Mad Kiwi Tele-Afflicted

    This for me too.
  11. rwsand

    rwsand Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 12, 2012
    Hyde Park NY
    I wish I had enough time to hear and play everything ... and every instrument. It's hell I tell ya.
  12. bobsway

    bobsway Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 25, 2012
    Erie, Pa, USA
    Would you rather watch porn, or make porn?
    Thats about how I feel about it.
    (But watching is still O.K. sometimes)
  13. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    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.
  14. speedingjet

    speedingjet Tele-Meister

    Love listening to music, but I can only hear so much "great" music before I fell compelled to try and make some.
  15. Brian blaut

    Brian blaut Friend of Leo's

    Feb 13, 2005
    SF North Bay
    I LOVE listening to it, which makes me really inspired to MAKE it. It's a cycle. I really lose myself in both.
  16. willspear

    willspear Tele-Holic

    Apr 29, 2012

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

    I could live forever with no tv, no phone, no Internet.
  17. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 22, 2007

    But I should listen more, good for everything.
  18. Justinvs

    Justinvs Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 31, 2008
    Wise River, Montana
    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.
  19. jjkrause84

    jjkrause84 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 28, 2009
    London, England
    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.
  20. dburns

    dburns Friend of Leo's

    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.
  21. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    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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