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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by P-Nutz, Oct 6, 2019.
My guiat are mexican teles and idnonesian squier strats , but...
....skills are Bullet Tele.
I gave up on "great" a long long time ago. I did however manage to achieve an unmatched level of "grating"..
I've had moments where I've played something really good, but overall, I consider myself decent enough, but only just. I can play memorized leads - but can't improvise for ****. My rhythm playing is good to pretty darned good. My bass playing is pretty darned good. I'm a good team player. I can fingerpick - or should say "could" as I haven't done much in many years. I can't play slide to save my life. I can't sing worth a darn. But it's fun and that's the goal. There was a time when I wanted to be a "great" guitar player, but that's done... I'm happy being pretty good.
I will be 63 in about a week and started playing about 3 1/2 years ago. I played for awhile from sixteen to nineteen but was frustrated because I couldn’t tune my guitar and stopped. I no longer consider myself a beginner but a far way from great. I have finally gotten to where I have played in a few Open Mics. That’s probably my level and I am not even the best at the Open Mics. I make too many errors but enjoy what I can play.
On an unrelated note, ST has been pretty functional lately you know
Was Johnny Ramone Great? Was B.B. King Great? Was Angus Young or Ace Frehley great?
Then I might be TOO! But not in a useful way.
I'm not very good at all, but I have a box that I play through that has hundreds of ways to obfuscate that fact and trick the audience into dancing anyway.
I recently saw a tshirt "world's OKest guitar player".
I should have bought it.
I'm a great post-punk, atonal, random note, wall of noise, throw-guitar-across-the-room, alternate tuning, shred guitarist in the vein of John Cage. I am, however, very expensive.
Definitely great.. great at buying gear and doing everything other than practicing.
Looks like you can also write an Advertisement with the best of them!
I'm not a professional musician so greatness has to be for others. That said, I think I'm good enough to very good playing the songs I've learned. My brain can hold on to about 20 at a time. I'm 69 so learning a new one always seems to push out something I wasn't too good at anyway. I came back to guitar after a long hiatus 12 or 13 years ago and decided I wanted to play country. That came to include country influenced and a couple of songs that were never country. I learned to play fingerstyle in my own way, not Travis picking but more like right hand piano. I've found that the way to get better is be learning something new all the time. I decided to learn modes, those non major or minor and non pentatonic scales, and worked out a jazz piece using the Dorian mode. I'll never be great but there's no reason to think I can't keep getting better. BTW, I learned something very important over these last few years. Being good has little to do with gear so being great can't have much to do with gear either. It's all about practicing and learning to play as well as I can with what I already own.
My long time friend is a great guitar player. In fact, he got so much better than me that I took up drums. On drums I am somewhat better than no drummer at all.
Interesting, I haven't yet seen a reply that says "Yes, I'm the Dogs B******s" - but surely there must be at least one true great here?
I've never been "great" at anything in my life... at least not consistently. On guitar some brief flashes of brilliance have graced my fretboards here and there, but most of the time I'm anywhere between okay and pretty decent, but pretty predictable (at least, to myself).
I think no truly great musician thinks that they are great. There is always so much more to know. However, cats, such as the one in your avatar, all think that they are great.
There is nothing more frustrating than playing with a guitar player who thinks he is great, but isn’t.
Really? I've a browser that has Strat Talk set as its homepage and its been horribly problematic trying to connect.
I'd say, in all honesty, I used to be a fairly good, solid player... no shredder, by no means, but solid is the word I think of.
I had continuously worked on my "style" for 35 years... and then in the last 5 years, boom ! 3 strokes... I am a lefty, the strokes affected my whole left side. I have pretty much recovered (well, as much as my age allows... maybe 75%), but unfortunately there are some damages. I will never play the way I used to before.
Now, I am just a "man cave" player. I enjoy having nice gear and playing it, but it's just for myself (and my cat). As far as my level goes, I am back 25 years ago
Oh, no, no, no. Josie's opinion of herself goes waaaaaaaay beyond "I am Great". She has taught me to appreciate being the meagre, wretched, humble servant that I am. After all, she has a pedigree a mile long, but I don't even know who my father was (my mother's not sure either!)
I've been told that some elements of my playing pretty much suck (lead improvisation). I've also been told that some elements of my playing are quite good (Travis picking and cross picking). However, I have never in 55 years of playing ever been accused of any form of greatness.