How many of you are “great” guitar players?

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  1. P-Nutz

    P-Nutz Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    And I’m not being facetious.

    Me? Not so much ... trying to be neither modest nor humble, just factual.

    In a popular band and am a decent rhythm player, but can’t really solo for ****e ... sure, I know a coupla too-tree pentatonic licks, and they fit the song, but I’m not fluid at all.

    Your honesty is commended and appreciated.
     
  2. blowtorch

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    I'm not great, but my style is unique. My style is based on my limitations. It's sort of a desperate half-assery, not really knowing what the hell I'm doing, which contains a certain amount of passion/reckless abandon, because that's the only way I know how to put it across.

    I think because of that, I'm in demand.
    And I've built entire bands around that style.
    I've learned that seemingly no one can really do what I do.
    For what I do, I can't really be replaced.
    Not by next Friday, anyway.

    I can write a song with the best of them, and, I have. And that is what really separates me from most.

    But if I had to earn my living doing this, I'd starve to death

    If I was in it for the money, I'd've quit 30 years ago
     
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  3. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    Shoot I'm not even good most of the time. But I enjoy playing anyway so I keep at it
     
  4. AlbertaGriff

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    I'd say I'm competent. Great would be a stretch.
     
  5. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    my level of mediocrity is outstanding, and I do it well
     
  6. Geoff738

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    Nope. Bar band maybe. Kinda crap rhythm because I don’t play with others enough. Leads? Kinda sloppy bar bandish. I mean I did a decent Sultans when I was 18 or whatever. Now? I could do it, but sloppier. So that’s probably stretching my limits at the moment.

    Plus, fingerpicking/ Travis stuff? No, total crap. Slide? Er, crap. Alternate tunings? Not really so much. A bit of open G and E. Dadgad? Not so much there either.

    So, weak rhythm, some facility with pentatonic leads in a rock context, and big holes with fingerpicking, slide, alternate tunings.

    Can’t sing worth a bleep. That to me is the biggest weakness.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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  7. GoldDeluxe5E3

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    I'm not great, but just give me 10,000 hours to practice...
     
  8. Verne Bunsen

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    In a room full of guitar players, I would probably be one of the okay-est.
     
  9. DougM

    DougM Friend of Leo's

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    I don't have great physical skill. I'm no Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson, or Steve Vai, as far as chops go. But, I try to make up for that with my knowledge of theory and the fret board, and so I hope/think that I am a pretty interesting and tasteful soloist with my own unique style which is recognizable. The nicest compliment I ever got was when I jammed a couple of times with a well known and successful songwriter here in Honolulu, and he told me "I like playing with you Doug, because you don't try to show off, you always play for the song".
     
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  10. matmosphere

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    I used to think I was an alright guitarist, but after playing for twenty-five years I’ve come to the realization that was a little naive of me.
     
  11. telemnemonics

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    Well, I can say that my hopes for greatness have diminished with experience!

    Other players have told me I'm great, and I can sometimes shake some drunks off their barstools, but I can't really write songs, pull a band together, or leverage guitar playing into any sort of music career.
     
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    delusions of adequacy????
     
  13. Nick Fanis

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    I am definitely not great and technically limited.
    But I think that I am INTERESTING and definitely not run of the mill.
     
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    I'm thinking you're not going to get many respondents saying they are great.

    I'm not great. At all.
     
  15. Chunkocaster

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    I'm always working towards or striving to be what I would consider to be a great guitar player. I don't know if I will ever get there but I have fun trying.
    I can make some cool sounds with my guitars that I enjoy hearing/ feeling, that's enough reason for me to keep playing. Whether others like it or not is pretty much irrelevant. :)
     
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  16. DonM

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    Not now nor ever will be, but I’m ok with that.
     
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  17. rolandson

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    "Great" is rather subjective. In a world full of blind people, a one eyed man is king.

    Standing next to the likes of a Tuck Andress or Charlie Christian...?

    When I was working, I was working. A lot. Small lounge type trios to very large venues.

    I would call myself accurately proficient.

    And yes, I used a music stand quite frequently.
     
  18. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'm your basic pentatonic rock-country-bloozish type of player, think most of my solos are a variation on 3 or 4 different patterns that I play upside down and back to front.. basically I can play well enough to make the average punter THINK I can play pretty well, but if I come up against a real musician, I've got nothing..

    I'm good at transcribing solos when the need arises to help make for a convincing cover band and I'm pedantic over chord voicings, if I can't write the dang things in the first place, at least I should try and get it right while I'm copying it!
     
  19. Steve 78

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    Nope, not great. Not even particularly technically proficient. But I do what I do and I think it suits the songs well enough and I am happy with that.
     
  20. LightningPhil

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    Bet I’m the lousiest guitar player who’ll respond to this.

    Quite a bit better with electronics and not too shabby with a bass.
     
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