What’s your primary focus on the guitar ??

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by vhilts1, Jun 28, 2021.

What is your primary guitar expertise

  1. I focus on becoming a great guitar player

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    36.6%
  2. I focus on becoming a repair/lutherie/mod master

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    4.1%
  3. I focus on crafting/writing great song lyrics

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    6.9%
  4. I focus on being an excellent teacher

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    0.7%
  5. I focus on something not mentioned above

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    51.7%
  1. chulaivet1966

    chulaivet1966 Tele-Afflicted

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    Because of the choices provided I stuck with writing songs with well crafted lyrics.
    Of course, the kind listeners of our songs with determine if that is so. :)

    Me?....I've always focused on being a respectable rhythm player....that's it.
    IE: I'd like to be as good as Vinny Raniolo (he plays with Frank Vignola....a couple of stellar guitar players).
    I can play some lead work (I have on a few of my songs) but don't feel I'm proficient in the slightest so I prefer those far better than myself to take on that task on my originals.
    In more blunt terms I think I suck at at.

    Carry on....
     
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  2. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    When I'm playing and "in the flow of no thoughts " not trying" , doing I am carried away, trance like, clarity and it all comes flowing through me that's the best, that's when playing is truly transcendent and part of me slips away into knowing without judgement.
    This used to happen when I was busking for hours ,sometimes it would happen and I would be carried away from the street I could see it in the faces, the focus attention they were with me , and the energy would open . this is a very special state , an experience I can not duplicate from a desire to make it so.

    a focusing device to open the door. Yes it's true. Is their ever a stronger instinct than the desire for self transcendence. Some times called in the zone. A gift from the source. Reunited

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  3. Thoughtfree

    Thoughtfree Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Playing my favorite tunes chords and melody both, in such a way that I can entertain people without their asking me to sing.
     
  4. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Friend of Leo's

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    Hi.

    I ought to focus on being able to play an F chord…

    Pax/
    Dean
     
  5. DADGAD

    DADGAD Friend of Leo's

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    Wow. I expected to see more writers/composers than this.

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    39martind18 Friend of Leo's

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    As a solo act, the guitar is my main accompaniment for my vocals, so my focus is to serve the song. I do strictly covers, inasmuch as I suffer from songwriter's idea block. In these covers, my focus is to make the songs I do recognizable, but I do them in my own style, with any lead work limited by my considerable lack of lead chops. When playing "lead," I strive to play close to the melody or what was recorded, but the main focus is to not hit a bunch of "clams."
     
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  7. Jackroadkill

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    Looking cool and scoring chicks.
     
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  8. drumtime

    drumtime Tele-Afflicted

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    Trying to learn to play stuff that doesn't sound like the blues. And having fun doing it.
     
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  9. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    For me the guitar is another tool in my arsenal (I also play keys,bass and drums).
    I am focusing on finding interesting , useful and musical things to do with it with the best SOUND possible.
    And never,EVER play the blues ,now THAT is key.
     
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  10. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Friend of Leo's

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    I'm a pretty old guy at 61 yrs. of age.

    I stopped playing out after 28 yrs. of playing weekends in bars,clubs, private parties, festivals, and doing opening acts.

    Since '09 when I retired from gigging, I've spent at least an hour every night in my home studio playing my guitars.

    I mainly work on getting the best tone on my different guitars both clean and overdriven.

    I'm also putting in time on running different scales using alternate picking, from different starting points on the guitar.

    I work on picking technique both at slow and at speeds as fast as I can go.

    I'm also working on hybrid picking and clawing techniques to go along with my alternate picking.

    I'm a way better guitar player now than when I was out playing all those years, because I'm now focused on getting better.

    I feel it's never too late to become a better guitar player, but you have to put in the time.
     
  11. Tenderfoot

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    Been out of the gigging circuit since 1996 but still jam (when opportunity presents) and play daily at home. I play mainly to keep my fingers and hands flexible - not playing for a few days they will get stiff on me.

    One thing I tried to avoid during my time in the public spotlight, was not to have folks tell me I sounded like William Bird, Don Rich, Chet Akins and others. Oh, I would play in their style (called influence) but put my own twist to it.

    My attitude has been, like there is only one Mona Lisa, there's only on William Bird, Don Rich, Chet Atkins and other great guitar players.
     
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  12. El Marin

    El Marin Friend of Leo's

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    I focus on getting chicks with the guitar...




    No, it doesn't work that way


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  13. elihu

    elihu Poster Extraordinaire

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    My goal is to sing and play songs the best I possibly can and write a few along the way. I wanna be like Lightnin’ Hopkins…sound good with a band and sound good without one.
     
  14. Doctorx33

    Doctorx33 Friend of Leo's

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    I just wanna have fun.

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    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    I'm actually a pretty good player and singer, but at this point in my life, I don't want to play in a band anymore. I don't like moving gear, and I'm losing my hearing and want to keep what I have left. I plug my multifx pedal into my computer and play for fun. Occasionally, I play an entire song, but not often.
     
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  16. Nubs

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    I am focused on getting the guitarists to turn down their amps so the drums can be heard.

    It takes A LOT of patience.
     
  17. Cali Dude

    Cali Dude Tele-Afflicted

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    As others have said, I will never be a great player. I enjoyed gigging when I was younger. Just trying to keep my skills where they are, and maybe get better at certain things.
     
  18. Troubleandahalf

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    Not sucking. Lol.
     
  19. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Friend of Leo's

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    I do a lot of fingerpicking and find that concentrating on my timing is the key to getting it right. Although I did not see that on the OP's list, it should have been.
     
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