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27 Aug 2019
I am really interested to hear what my fellow guitarists have in mind of what your actual goals are and where you wanna be in the future with your guitar. I remember when I was 12, I picked up the electric guitar for the first time and my dream was become Ozzy Osbourne's future guitarist (crazy dreams you have as a child) tongue.gif
Throughout the years I've been playing very on-off, and my goals have shifted quite often. At the age of 15, I got rejected from a band for not having the skills, which really sparked a burning desire to become better. And later on throughout my teens, my goal was really to accomplish harder and harder lessons here at GMC and now at the age of 21, I'm moving to Berlin to get a degree in the guitar at a school called BIMM. There my primary goal will be to establish social connections through music and to polish my skills.

I'd really like to hear what your plans are with the guitar.
14 Jun 2019
Hello everyone.

I've been admitted to a music school in Berlin called BIMM where I'll be able to take a degree in guitar, which takes three years and costs €7450 pr. year. I'm in a pretty big dilemma if I should go with it as I'm not sure if it's the right path to take. I love the guitar and I'll probably continue playing it for the rest of my life, however, I'm not so sure if I should take a degree in it, especially when I don't play a wide array of genres but only stick to a few that I like the most(mostly the neoclassical metal genre). While the thought of becoming a professional guitarist and making a living from it, whether it's teaching, performing etc., seems very appealing, I'm not so sure if this day and age is the right time to make it as a guitarist anymore. Let's face it, there are lots of great guitar players everywhere these days who would love to make a living from it, and secondly most aspiring guitar players learn from the internet, like us at GMC for instance. And thirdly, the music industry today rarely includes guitars like it did before and if they do, it's mostly very simple chord bashing, which many guitarists can come up with.

What draws me most to attending BIMM is to establish a connection of musicians that I'll be playing with for that time and maybe come up with some projects with them, which I am unable to do atm. because I live in a smaller city. And the thought of simply making friends with and surrounding myself with like-minded people is something that I'd really like to do. And also to get the chance to improve and polish my guitar skills. I'll be turning 21 in two months, and if I start now and finish the degree, I'll be 24 at that time. All in all, I think it would be a great experience in itself, however, the price of it seems most frightening to me. I could get a degree and have a great time doing it and then end up with a huge debt that I might be unable to pay back from the degree itself, but having to end up as a factory worker or something like that to pay back my debt.

What do you guys think? Is the time over to becoming a professional guitarist and making a living from it? And do you think it would be a wise of me to attend BIMM, or should I consider other possible paths in life?
I'd appreciate all suggestions, thanks!
9 Apr 2019
Hello again GMC. I'm back after a short break as I wanna continue my guitar journey again.
Now the thing that I have the biggest problem with is going beyond a level that I find satisfying. About 2.5 years ago I had a period where I had a consistent practice schedule for a few months where I would practice every day for 2-3 hours, and I improved my abilities A LOT. It was mostly because I always saw myself as a "less than good" guitarist that I strived to become better. It was when I got praise and actually started to impress even professional guitarists that I lost all motivation to become better. After that I still had periods where I would practice a lot, but I never improved that drastically as I did back when I didn't see myself as that good and I would quickly lose those gained abilities.
My goal is to be able to play lessons here that are 8's, 9's and 10's in level and play pieces by my favorite guitarists like Michael Romeo, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci etc.
But my desire and motivation to go from being "good" to "expert" is lower than going from being "bad" to "good" if you know what I mean. I have read these philosophical texts on the matter about having a completely neutral approach to it and not to see anything as being good nor bad, but it's hard because I can play something and as I reaching a speed and level that I subconsciously find good I find it hard to go beyond that and then it starts feeling so forced.
This question goes mainly to those of you who managed to break that "wall of satisfaction" in therms of guitar playing.
Thank you!
3 Dec 2018
Hello GMC.

I wanted to share something that I've noticed that saved me a lot of wasted hours and practice. You may already be familiar with it. It's basically the concept of energy and how you redirect it to whatever you want to accomplish in life. You may have noticed that the results of your practice are very dependent on not only your focus but also your attitude towards your practice. By focus, you are redirecting your energy towards your hands, and whether that energy is positive or negative has a huge influence on the results.
If you hate practicing and your only goal is to impress others with your guitar and not because you by your heart want to learn something...If you during your practice get frustrated, have a negative attitude and only do it for superficial goals and especially if your mind is somewhere else, you can only expect very little results, if any at all.
However, if you say to yourself "This is gonna be challenging, but playing the guitar is awesome and I love it." and you approach your practice with a positive focused mindset, you will be amazed at how greatly you will improve. This is of course with the premise that you practice regularly and that your goal is to learn something that's gonna improve your skills.
I've wasted so many hours every day practicing the same scales over and over again with the goal of becoming faster. Did I become faster? Not much because I practiced mindlessly and I mostly hated it. It was not until I started practicing some new scales, which challenged my mind and hands and required more focus that I not only learned new scales but also improved my speed. And you wanna know why? Because positive energy is 1000x stronger than negative energy. It's the law of attraction in it's purest form.
All the greatest guitarists in the world did not practice with the goal of becoming rich or famous. They all wanted to become great guitarists from their own passion and not for some other superficial goals.

Best regards,
5 Nov 2018
Original lesson: Alternate and Sweep Picking Etude by Ian Bushell

I've been more observant of my picking hand this time.

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