What motivates you to play?

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  1. Gardo

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    Can’t get through the day without it
    I guess it’s my addiction
    Hi my name’s Gardo and I’m a guitaroholic
     
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  2. rand z

    rand z Friend of Leo's

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    I kinda like it.
     
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  3. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    I just LOVE to play, non-stop since 1975.
    I love gigs, to play in front of people, and with really good musicians. Play EVERY day ( acoustic at home)

    What holds my interest in playing, is variety- kind of my strong suit- I know how to play and sing all kinds of old music ( I'm not a songwriter, just know a lot of '60's Classic Rock/blues/folk/Country) so I'm always learning and performing.
    So it's love of good music,learning how to play that motivates me.

    This, and it's also my income- gotta gig! ( just did 3 over 2 days, yay!)
     
  4. Dreadnut

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    Another 1968'er here, I was 14 and got my first guitar, still playing more than ever 52 years later.

    I just became obsessed with playing, and my motivation at the time was to have fun and play around the campfire. Never had any aspirations toward fame and fortune, just have fun. It has become more and more therapeutic to me over the years.
     
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    I have two decisions to make with my free time....
    Play guitar, painting art etc, play guitar, painting art etc...
    Usually guitar wins.
     
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    I've tried to quit, I really have. I started playing at a young age and I just can't imagine not playing.
     
  7. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    No chicks?
     
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  8. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I really only play now:

    1. on stage
    2. in the rehearsal room
    3. writing or trying to remember songs we wrote awhile ago and haven't played in awhile.

    I would hate to be confronted with the question of whether I would play anymore if I weren't in bands.

    I'd like to think so, but I'm not so sure.

    I do recognize how fortunate I am not to be confronted with that question.
     
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    I'm surprised no one's mentioned....."Money for nothing......and chicks for free!" ')
     
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  10. Whatizitman

    Whatizitman Friend of Leo's

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    Guitar came into my life right when I needed it. With the exception of a few close and loyal friends and family at the time, everything else in my life had failed to live up to promise. Guitar provided even what my loved ones couldn’t - a place to make my demons into angels.

    I have always had music in my head. I’d been involved with music in some form or another since I was very young. But, for whatever reason, I didn’t pick up guitar until I was 17. It just so happened that I left home for school, and became severely clinically depressed that same year. I coincidentally had taken an old Yamaha with me that my family had, though I had never picked it up before. I took a beginning guitar class that semester. I instantly fell in love, and couldn’t stop playing. After a few weeks it became evident to everyone around me it was keeping me alive, even if they found it annoying.

    Fortunately for me, my loved ones in particular recognized it was keeping me alive. To this day they’ve never said an unkind word about my playing. The same goes for my wife whom I met years after I had recovered. I will always suck no matter much I practice. I will always embarrass myself when I play live. But to them that was never the point.

    30+ years later it continues to give me joy and challenge. It always seems to find its way back into whatever is going on in my life and my head.

    OK that’s a little dramatic. But words sometimes fail to paint a true picture.
     
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  11. Fred Rogers

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    The money
     
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    The sight of them.
     
  13. tubelectron

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    What motivates you to play?

    The band I'm in for 12 years, mostly - the repertoire, the fun, the concerts, the reharsals... :cool::cool::cool:

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    I'm located at the Left, behind our keyboardist... o_O. Closer view : :twisted::D

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    -tbln
     
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  14. Fiesta Red

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    The need to create, the desire to perform and the joy of music.
     
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    Must be the excitement of dismantling my gear, hauling it to town, down a steep stairway into the venue, topped off with that $40 bar tab for a 6 piece band in lieu of pay. The load out and back into the studio is just icing on the cake.

    Of course, that was just an emergency fill- in support gig. Sometimes we also get tips, & maybe even a percentage of the door....

    Kidding aside, there's nothing more fun than playing music with a bunch of people who think that there's nothing more fun than playing music.
     
  16. teletail

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    To paraphrase Homer Simpson, “Music, the cause of and solution to all of my problems.”
     
  17. DekeDog

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    Meditation, stress relief, fun, and the mental challenge. And like Fiesta Red, I like the creative aspect... I love to improvise. Playing takes me places in my brain, like painting and enjoying other arts, where I can't go doing anything else.
     
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