Are you a mediocre guitar player? Congratulations!

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  1. Kelleycaster

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    90% of those who attempt to play guitar abandon the pursuit within 1 year.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mu...tar-players-give-up-within-a-year-says-fender

    A lot of y’all I’m sure have already heard this statistic from Fender a year ago. I just heard about it today, and although it doesn’t surprise me, it is interesting to ponder the fact that someone who has been at it for a couple years and knows just enough to be scary is already in the 90th percentile for sticking with it.

    It takes many hours of practice to become a terrible guitar player, so give yourself a pat on the back!:D
     
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    Encouraging news!
     
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    If this is true then there is a lot of 1 year old barely played used instruments out there for sale. I need to visit the pawn shops more. :D
     
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    Buying a cheap un-tunable, horrible action guitar undoubtedly contributes to a chunk of that 90% .... kids are like, this sucks! I always tell any parent that asks, get 'em something at least a half-decent, you can always sell it if interest is lost.
     
  5. kbold

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    Been playing for years, and yes I would say I'm a mediocre player.
    I sometimes watch some youtube, which confirms my mediocrity.
    According to Dunning-Krueger, I'm either better than I think I am, or worse thank I think I am.

    Don't really care - I enjoy myself. IMO that's what really counts.
     
  6. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    ive been playing on and off for 30 years...i still consider myself a beginner
     
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    I started playing in 1968. I played with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee a few years back and we had a good time. That was a big deal to me.

    And once, a young man ran up to me as I was leaving the stage and told me that he had all my albums at home.

    After all these years here’s the way it works:

    I wish that I was a much better guitarist.

    Non-guitarists who hear me think that I’m amazing. I appreciate their enthusiasm, but don’t give it much heed.

    Other guitarists who hear me don’t say much, but now and then they’ll say, “Hey man, show me what you just did!” I take that as a complement.

    So, mixing all that down, I guess I’d conclude that I’m an adequate guitarist. They haven’t tarred and feathered me, and rode me out of town astride a rail for my playing. No one has said, “You suck!”

    But I don’t think there’s any danger of anyone declaring me the next Hendrix.

    I can do an adequate job of it without embarrassing myself, but there are many, many better guitarists out there than me, both on stage or on their couch somewhere.

    The only complements that I take to heart are those occasionally expressed by my fellow guitarists. I value those, though I like others as well.

    Yep! Adequate. That’s me.
     
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    I’ll second this emotion!
     
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    My playing is a fixer-upper.
     
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    On a good day...
     
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    I can't afford to quit. Do you know how much I've spent on pedals in the last few months alone????
     
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    Torren61 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Yay for me!
     
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    Those of you who remain upon the battlefield suffering from extreme GASOTITUS will be not only be expected, but required to do more in purchasing an ever increasing number of instruments to fill the gap left in purchasing by those would be guitarist who have fallen away from their duty.
     
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    90% seems a bit bold to me. I'd hafta look at the research methods Fender used; however, I know my own retention rate over the past few years of teaching roughly 3,000 lessons has been quite a bit better than that. I'm pretty sure the retention rate of a lot of my colleagues has been better than that too. Remember that the drop out rate of the instructors themselves is pretty high. I've seen quite a few instructors get their butts handed to them in a lesson room on a daily basis and quit within a matter of 3 months...so yeah their students didn't last a year, but neither did they as instructors. I kinda wish those students didn't count as having taken a lesson at all, lol but I'd guess they still do. Heck, maybe Fender wasn't even assuming the person was taking lessons, even though you'd think they would if they were taking to monetize the whole thing...

    I strongly believe that if you are a hiring good music educator, you shouldn't be looking at Navy SEAL training attrition rates. That sounds like a number that insecure teachers would pull out of their rear ends (and potentially worse yet, then strive to meet) to make themselves feel better about losing the vast majority of their students in a relatively short period of time. It strikes me as borderline preposterous to lose that many students in a year's time.

    I would further guess that Fender's statistics don't bother to take into account people who quit for a year or two and then pick the instrument back up. When statistics are being floated by businessmen, I always assume they have been intensely massaged in order to portray the most flattering picture possible.
     
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    @Steerforth - you should know that "adequate" is the Only rating the social workers will give a prospective adoptive parent, and then approve going forward.

    Whenever Mrs Deeve wants to give me a compliment, she says: "that was adequate, hon..."

    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Hey! Maybe I’m doing better than I thought, Deeve! LOL!
     
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    I aspire to mediocrity...
     
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    NO matter what anyone might say , we all know in our hearts where we stand, but we need the encouragement, it really helps.
     
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    Yup, and thanks.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    Man I suck and I have been at it for a couple years.no where near as good as I should be but I wont give up and I love it.i cant wait till I'm good.
     
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