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Time For Honesty: How Good Are You?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by taxer, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. taxer

    taxer Banned

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    I've seen tons of outrageously fine gear here at this forum. I've seen tons of mid and low level gear here at this forum. But I haven't seen any honest discussion of just how good you are as a guitar player.

    Time for some honesty. Are you worth all that top gear? Are you better than the crap gear?

    Rate yourself as a guitar player. Use a scale of 1 to 10 and use these categories:

    1. rhythm playing
    2. lead playing
    3. fingerpicking
    4. creativity - your ability to come up with a complete song (chords) or a lick or solo

    Add up your score and place the total at the end.
    And be honest.


    I'm up first:

    1. Rhythm playing - 8
    very clean playing, know my chords, keep great time

    2. Lead playing - 1
    can only play one lead (the little lead in The Beatles "Get Back") and can not ever come up with any lead of my own

    3. Fingerpicking - 8
    mastered Travis picking

    4. Creativity - 9
    I can't jump in on other's songs so I always had to make my own. I can come up with an interesting riff or chord progression right on the spot in an instant.

    TOTAL SCORE:
    26
     
  2. JosephB

    JosephB Tele-Afflicted

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    how are we supposed to support these claims?

    Rhythm...7 good rhythm/time. not super clean, good amount of chords on tap

    Lead...7 i'm pretty good at finding alt. melodies and stuff for solos

    Fingerpicking...5 i have my own style that works, but i haven't "mastered" anything

    Creativity...8 i've usually got something to pitch on someone's song, and love writing my own


    TOTAL: 27


    I WINNN!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. max_twang

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    It's not a contest.
     
  4. taxer

    taxer Banned

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    Damn, I thought my score of 26 was going to hold up as the best here.
    It didn't make it past one post.
     
  5. taxer

    taxer Banned

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    No, it is not.
    If it were a contest, honesty would fly out the window.
    I was honest in my assessment of my guitar ability. My lead playing is non-existent.
     
  6. telekaster1999

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    1. Rhythm playing...4 I can keep time and know most chords in most songs.

    2. Lead playing...5 I can make up stuff on the spot that usually sounds right( at least to me)

    3. Fingerpicking...2 I can do it my own way( not too good really)

    4. Creativity...3 Im not too creative on chord progressions and such, I just play what I hear

    Total...14 I guess I not so good after all.(didnt really need to take a test to know that)
     
  7. DrumBob

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    This is hard, but I'll try:

    Rhythm: Being a drummer first, I have a very good sense of time that I developed by working with a drum machine. So, I'd say I'm a strong rhythm player...9

    Lead: I'm getting better, although I'm trying to break away from some the pentatonic blues ****e I've been playing for years. It's hard. Everything I play is based around the blues, because it's ingrained in me. When I get going, I start to get modal and experiment with Middle eastern stuff, like Mick Bloomfield did on "East West." I go out on limbs, but I fall off on occasion. I'd say I'm a 6

    Fingerpicking: I'm just OK. I fingerpick mostly when playing the Rick 12 string a la Roger McGuinn, who was a huge influence. I'm a 4

    Creativity: I have never written a song in my life, but I have composed guitar riffs, all of which are probably derivative of someone else. I'd say I'm a 2

    My score is 21. Is that acceptable?
     
  8. Jupiter

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    How many points is good enough? ;-)
     
  9. taxer

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    Well, out of a total 40 from four categories, I would say a score of 22 or above would make someone "good enough."

    You get below 20 - that would be an average of just 5 in each category - then you sure can't call yourself a "good enough" guitar player.
     
  10. Hop2it

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    I got a 4 but I have all crappy gear so it doesn't matter. Or does low score win?
     
  11. PapaLion

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    rhythym ~ 6
    lead ~2
    fingerpicking ~6
    creativity ~ 8

    I've written and can play live about two hours of my mostly western songs, recorded ZERO. They'll probably go with me. Fingerpickiing, I started on Dylan, Guthrie and Leadbelly and found Doc Watson along the way. I am a clear 2 1/2 finger picker but rarely go towards bluegrass... never got to 3. Try futily to improve on leads, rhythym is ok for my own stuff.

    Blaze Foley is my hero.

    Course, if you don't care for Western songs like Lefty Frizzell and Marty Robbins and Roy O. about love lost and the such, then I'm back to a weak 2 on all of it.
     
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  13. max_twang

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    I wasn't referring to anyone's honesty.

    I don't like the idea of trying to quantify something that is inherently subjective like beauty and creativity.

    The subtext of your original post is that peoples' abilities are not always matched to the quality of their equipment. No argument there. But so what? Should people need to pass some sort of test to buy quality gear? (Ok, Mr. Dumble, put your hand down...)
     
  14. Ed P

    Ed P Friend of Leo's

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    I'll tell anyone who asks - I suck at all those categories.

    No expectations? No pressure. No gigs? No problem.
     
  15. klasaine

    klasaine Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I don't know.
    Pay attention at 'Tips and Technique' or 'Band Wagon' or the 'Recording' sub forums and without actually having to rate yourself and others you'll probably be able to discern how good you and the others are - ?
    We don't just talk about scales, set lists and microphones.
     
  16. taxer

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    Subtext? Nah, that was just a goofy intro.

    And you are wrong if you think certain things can't be quantifiably judged. Here, I'll judge creativity:
    John Lennon - 10
    MC Hammer - 2

    There is an absolute when it comes to one's abilities. I am not as good a guitar player as Eric Clapton. I am better than the guy up the road from me.
    There is also an absolute when it comes to matters such as creativity. I am not as creative musically as Paul McCartney. I am more creative musically than Derek Jeter.

    Just give yourself a score or two. Is it really that difficult to rate how well you play lead?
     
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    I'm pretty sure I'm below the scale on all marks. If the average 7-year-old were to pick up my guitar and apply himself for an hour, I'd be behind them.
     
  19. Hack On Wheels

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    Let's see.... 0+0+0+0=0

    And my gear certainly scores higher, therefore my gear is infinitely better than me!
     
  20. Dave_O

    Dave_O Friend of Leo's

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    I'm rubbish, but I fake it well and no-one will ever know.

    Wait, did I think that or write it?

    Ah, crap...
     
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