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Who else here is not really very good?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by d barham, Aug 20, 2020.

  1. esseff

    esseff Tele-Afflicted

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    For the amount of time I've been fooling around with guitar, I don't think I'm very good. But I surprise myself with random flashes of competence and if I screw up I just say they're jazz chords and runs.
     
  2. stxrus

    stxrus Poster Extraordinaire

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    I personally feel I’m a mediocre to adequate player. Yes, I am my worst critic. There are people that tell me they like my playing. Some of them I respect and some I think it’s alcohol induced.
    Some nights I think I’m on fire and some nights I have ten thumbs. The one thing that keeps me coming back and playing is the fact I love to play out. Playing with players way better than myself teaches me so much. I guess I’m saying I don’t mind being the weakest link. Madison Square Bedroom just isn’t the same
     
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  3. JJLC

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    This is my opinion & my opinion only: As long as you are happy with your progress, or your level of ability, then that is all that counts. Again, just my opinion.
    We live in a society that is so caught up in the concept of better, best, awesome, one of a kind, incredible, competition, etc. Why isn't it good enuff just to be happy with where your ability is?

    For myself, I was asked by a few folks back in the day to join their bands but I always turned folks down, and some folks got quite pissed that I didn't accept but that was their problem; not mine.
    I saw how pretty much every band had its' internal political struggles that eventually destroyed every one of those bands. People have priorities & most of the time its' someones' ego. :eek:
    Guitar playing to me is about enjoyment; it isn't about how many records you can pump out, how many chicks you can screw, how much money you can make, or whatever other metric was the driving factor for some fleeting stardom that I never desired. Anonymity, musical enjoyment, and peace of mind is worth a lot more to me than musical competition any day of the week, and for me it has been that way for over four decades. :cool:
    YMMV ...............
     
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  4. TeleBluesMan

    TeleBluesMan Tele-Holic

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    Yes. The less the listener know about guitar playing, the better I sound (to them)!
     
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  5. raito

    raito Poster Extraordinaire

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    I spent literally tens of hours practicing and it got me from incompetent to embarrassing.
     
  6. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Friend of Leo's

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    Hi.

    I'm good enough that I got invited to join a band the other day. I declined though, cos I thought their name, Dunning Kruger Effect, sounded dumb.

    :lol:

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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  7. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    If you’re good enough to amuse yourself and have fun, that’s all the justification you need to do it.

    Keep amusing yourself and having fun long enough, and you’ll probably expand your repertoire.

    Once in a while you’ll think, “Man, if only I’d really applied myself, I’d be playing at the level of _______.” Hopefully you’ll find a way to power on through those self-concept “troughs” and keep at it.

    Extra points awarded if you pull yourself out of those valleys by learning a new tune, technique or concept. Or, you know, buying a new pedal and making exciting new ray gun noises. It worked for Don Felder.
     
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  8. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have no problem playing in a band, and people tell me I'm a good player (liars all), but to my way of thinking I've never been able to keep the needle on zero.

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  9. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I don’t even own a guitar. I’m just an awkward, middle aged man with no friends.
     
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  10. sudogeek

    sudogeek Tele-Meister

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    Phil Edwards once said, “the best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun.” Good? Well, I sure have fun playing. Just don’t listen too closely.
     
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  11. EspyHop

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    I don’t completely suck, but I could be doing much better. I’m pretty okay if I have to learn specific songs, but I’m too lazy to aimlessly noodle away for hours on end.

    I’ve seen worse professional guitarists, but then I’ve seen guys who can effortlessly do things that would take me a lifetime to learn.

    It’s my hobby. I don’t have a bike and I don’t go on vacations.
     
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  12. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Who knew drf64 is really M. Night Shama-lama-ding-dong?
     
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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I always played 2 hrs before a rehearsal to get the fingers to listen to my brain and then I was ready to play , but before that I made better noise on the porceline throne, I try to play about an hr a day on average but I will not perform untill I warm up entirely. any thing before that and I cant play 2 notes together
     
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  14. idjster

    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    Me! Pick me!

    I have given guitars to young folk who are far better than I would ever be. But I was never able to practice for 4 to 6 hours a day like they can. You get out what you put in.
     
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  15. RB522

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    I am sadly the poster child of mediocrity. Although I've been playing for over 40 years, it hasn't been consistent. There are gaps of 8 years plus where I didn't pick one up because life happened. I'm basically a 40 year veteran beginner.
     
  16. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

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    If I’m being totally honest?

    Good enough to make a living at it. Not good enough to be anything resembling rich or famous.

    Good enough to be asked to sit in with with some very well known people. Not good enough to ever be asked to join their bands.

    Good enough that girls smile at me a lot. Not good enough for them to want to go home with me. That one suits my wife just fine.

    Good enough to get asked to play on people’s records. But not any really great records that anyone will ever really hear of.
     
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    Yeah, hate to say it, but I can hang, and when I'm on, I'm on.
     
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  18. TheOtherNeill

    TheOtherNeill Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I'm right there with you, playing in slow motion.
     
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  19. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

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    I never wanted to be a great musician. I wanted to play songs and have fun. I have achieved that goal. But, objectively, compared to someone who’s had lessons and woodshedded for years, I suck. Like a Hoover, I suck.
     
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  20. GGardner

    GGardner Friend of Leo's

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    A work colleague once asked if I was any good at guitar. I replied, “Nope. I’m not even kind of good.”

    He said, “You must be really good then.”

    I said, “What? How do you figure?”

    He said, “Good musicians always insist they’re bad. Just like bad basketball players are always bragging about how great their game is.”
     
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