How many of you are “great” guitar players?

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  1. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

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    I aspire to maintain an adequate level of competence. Getting up to practice now. Rehearsals today.

    It’s nice to be at a level where you can make some money to cover the gear costs and people trust you enough to ask for you to play or dep.

    I don’t have the great gene though. Two mins on YouTube proves that.

    It’s still nice for the ego to have a pretty young thing come up and say you are great at a gig though.
     
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  2. WingedWords

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    I've been a great enjoyer of guitar for 50 years. Does that count at all?
     
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    I strive valiantly to achieve mediocrity, yet, despite my best efforts, I fall consistently short of the target.
     
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    How many of you are “great” guitar players?

    I'm not, for sure ! :lol::lol::lol:

    If I was, I would play flawlessly and easily all the time :cool: the tunes of my band extensively repeated at reharsals and worked at home. And it's not the case :(, and it's even unpredictable :eek:, depending on too much personal and external factors that I can't manage all right ! :oops:

    I guess I'm not alone in this common case... :confused:

    Two examples :

    "Studio" recording. My chorus is at the end, recorded at the 1st take, as is. I was lucky :)...



    "Live Impromptu" recording with minimal equipment and contestable PA and guitar amp features. I was uncomfortable, tweaking that amp all the time :mad:, not cutting through the mix as expected by our conductor :(... See our bassman playing in comparison :cool:.



    -tbln

     
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    Skills rated (subjectively) from best to worst

    1 - Music Production (arranging, mixing, mastering) - Excellent
    2 - Music Theory - Very Good
    3 - Playing Bass - Good
    4 - Rhythm Guitar - Fair
    5 - Lead Guitar - Poor to Fair
    6 - Piano - Poor
    7 - Singing - Utterly Wretched

    Aggregate that lot together and it probably comes out as Fair, which means I can make something that is better than the sum of its parts.
     
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    I play a great guitar. It's called a Fender Telecaster. Maybe you've heard of it.
     
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    Great?!? Bwahahahahahahahahaha

    I'm not in the same solar system as great.
    There is a scene from the TV Series M*A*S*H where the snooty Maj Charles Emerson Winchester is trying to help a pianist whose hand has been damaged. He tells the young man that he (Charles) longed to be a musician. He offers "I can play the notes but I can't make them sing". That describes me to a certain extent.
    I'm terrible at improvisation and my fingers don't possess the touch, feel or magic.
    I'm not as bad as I think but I am far from good.
    It doesn't matter. The guitar gives me countless hours of enjoyment and has since I was 13 or 14 years old. I have learned hundreds of songs over the years and revisit them from time to time. I've made backing tracks for many of the ones that I enjoy playing the most.
    Greatness doesn't matter. Some are gifted and others just dream.
     
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    That's an appropriate way to answer the OP's question.
    If I may, I'd like to borrow and adapt it, Bob.


    1 - Band Leader (getting gigs, hosting practices, orchestrating set lists, staying sober and making sure we get paid) - Very Good
    2 - Music Theory - Good
    3 - Playing Bass - Good
    4 - Rhythm Guitar - Very, very good
    5 - Lead Guitar - Fair
    6 - Piano - Fair
    7 - Singing - Very good
    8 - Harmonizing behind other singers - Very good
    9 - Drumming - Good

    Overall Score - Good

    :)
     
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    I get by pretty well. I'm not the best and never will be. My wife is a classically trained guitar player, and light years better than me, but refuses to play these days, which in my mind is a real loss of talent, but that is her choice alone.
     
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    That makes two of us. I haven't the ambition nor drive. I'm just too lazy.
     
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    I always say what is great as one can never please many i have found, tastes in music are so different which is good in a way i suppose.

    But making stuff up i would say i am ok and that is what i like doing most, but nearly all the licks and riffs i use are from others so i always think the others are better, same with tunes i always think how did they make that tune up i could of never thought of that even more so if i like the tune alot.
     
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    Technically i`m not great,a slowish player ,cant hybrid bick,cant sweep pick but i know my fretboard and play melodically.So when i am widdling over a looped chord progression ,yeah sometimes i am great, sometimes good,sometimes terrible.
     
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    I’m just good enough to impress people who only know me as an English teacher.
     
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    Absolutely not great in any aspect, not good overall, about as limited as anyone could possibly be for having started playing in 1977 - if there are 360 degrees of possible music expression, I’m really only semi-decent at maybe 2-3 degrees, but that’s up from about 1 degree a couple years ago. So at this rate, in about 500 years (when I’m 560j I should be reasonably good. But it doesn’t matter because I love the process of playing and there are brief moments every now and then when, despite all of my profound limitations, tiny bits of real beauty find their way out of my guitar. I don’t know how, I can’t predict when, but I have to keep playing in order for it to happen and I love being there to hear it and feel it when it does.

    This is not false modesty - I’m a damn good photographer, I used to be a strong bicyclist (never a racer, but I could ride all day at a decent speed) and a pretty good bike mechanic. I was a good (not great, but competitive) basketball player, tennis player, skier and had a good arm and hands for football and baseball (no bat, though, NONE) But I just don’t have any musical talent outside of a decent feel for rhythm. And yet I love playing more than all that other stuff put together. So I play.
     
  18. codamedia

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    I can't answer a question like that!

    FWIW I am a gigging guitar player, but all I can do is manage the following... then hope the phone keeps ringing.
    • I show up on time
    • I have good gear... and more importantly, maintained & reliable gear
    • I learn my parts, and always play to the best of my ability.
    • I have good tone
    • I don't over play... and NEVER step on the vocal or other musicians parts
    • I get along with others
    • I never complain... I just deal with bad situations appropriately, and respectfully.
     
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    I’ve been complimented on playing a great looking or cool guitar.
    That’s about it!
     
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    As codamedia posted, you can be a great primadonna, it s not going to work out. Everybody would rather play with an ok guitar player rather than a great one who is a jerk, especially when you have to spend a lot of time together.
     
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