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Old 01-07-2018, 02:07 AM   #21
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If you're in NY, come plug my 75' Les Paul into my 64' JMI. You'll hear the voice of God, loud and clear. See what it has to say.
can I come too I will keep the dial down wink wink
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Old 01-07-2018, 03:57 AM   #22
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I'd say to focus on a few favorite songs, and stay focused, the sound will get better and better, once you have a couple of them down pat, you'll feel better and then move onto a 4th and 5th, rinse, repeat.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:48 PM   #23
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Don't give up on it. Don't sell off your gear. You may get frustrated and put it down for a while but it seems you always try to pick it up again.
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Old 01-16-2018, 06:05 PM   #24
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Even those that "have it" have to work REALLY hard to maintain it.
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:35 PM   #25
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I keep practicing and I get better. I'm not great but I do OK.
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Even those that "have it" have to work REALLY hard to maintain it.
Yep. Talent without skill will never be realized. But the flipside of that token is that skill can be developed without talent.
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Old 01-17-2018, 01:24 PM   #28
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Yep. Talent without skill will never be realized. But the flipside of that token is that skill can be developed without talent.
That is very true I think I prefer the former. But that's a tricky one.

To the poster your not alone. I suffer the same problems. Its one reason I try to find my own sound. If all else fails. Try to find your own sound. However simple or complicated.
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:26 PM   #29
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A lot of us here like me have more gear than talent but if you love it and once in awhile you make some tones that make you go OOOH! Or did that sound like Jimi??? Those moments make it all worth it..
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Old 01-22-2018, 02:01 AM   #30
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You determine how far you'll go. No one else can. Even, I hesitate to say, God himself cannot keep you off your path if you're determined. If God told SRV to stop playing, SRV would find a new god. Think of how much art, music, engineering and athletic works and records would not exist if they'd been told to give it up - and they believed it.

You must not act like outside forces are discouraging you from your goals. It must come from within. Ask yourself what level do you want to attain, master, intermediate, beginner? My guitar teacher told me about rockstars. They sacrificed their lives for stardom. They wanted only to be rockstars and were willing to leave everyone and everything behind for it. There are students he has who want to be rockstars but they'll never get there because they cannot make that sacrifice. And another huge thing here is you should have a guitar teacher. Going it alone and gaining stuff off youtube will undoubtedly leave you clueless and confused since every player out there has his/her own way of understanding and teach poor technique. Many of them have no credentials. Doesn't take much to have a youtube channel w/a flashy title that makes you look professional. Lastly, you gotta have good equipment. A shit guitar and amp will not produce the sounds you want. The sounds from a high quality guitar-amp combo are like comparing a hole with the Grand Canyon. And that's another reason why a guitar teacher is so essential. Mine told me about how I could hook my computer to my amp to boost the volume for solos. Before that I was soloing using the computer's speakers, which were so ineffective. Now I have the sound level I need and it's all thanks to his advice.

I want to be a solid guitarist, not a master, not a star. Maybe when I get good I'll push toward mastery. But it takes work. I never realized until now how much it takes. You get what you give. Don't expect a half hour of practice a day will do it if you want mastery-level skills. That would require at least four hours day. That's every day, no excuses. Repetition, repetition, repetition until your hand feels like a big aching stone and your fingertips are screaming for a break and your shoulder radiates a dull groan. I put in an hour a day, and even that's not enough. I'm just breaking the surface after an hour. My hands are just warming up after an hour. I need to go for a minimum of two hours a day. There is so much material to cover: theory, practice, sight reading, transpostion, listening and studying the greats, ear training, writing my own progressions.

You need to give it an honest year of work to see how far you've come. Don't wait til later.

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