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leedbreak
post Mar 14 2008, 07:22 PM
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To decide to continue on the quest for playing guitar, One should consider where would you be now had you never touched one? I have no clue where I would be. Guitar has been a part of my life since a teen, and that’s a long while. Whoops, you could not be reading this had you never played so…

Better yet, lets construct two list to help you decide to play or quit.

Benefits of quitting:

1. You get to watch lots more TV like most people, maybe join a gym, chess club or be a greeter at Wal-Mart.
2. If like me, ebay and all this guitar stuff would be a ton of fun. And money to buy a couch and Oreo’s for TV time. Better hurry Idols coming on. Oh that’s ok you now have TiVo, I forgot. Got any chips and dip?
3. Ah, no more spending hour after hour on this forum and learning endless guitar lessons.
4. All these guitar cords make great tie downs for your truck. Providing you have a truck.
5. Donate your amp for a PA at the local ball park, hey it’s tax deductible.
6. Gluing all your picks together could bring forth a new style of art. The thin picks you never used anyway can pick your teeth pretty well.
7. Ah yes, for once in your life you can enjoy being bored.
8. If your guitar did not sell on ebay, they make great sledgehammers.
9. Sell this computer too. Don’t really need it now either. except for emailing jokes maybe
10. Best of all, you can spend this extra time learning something new, heck I just love starting over.


Benefits of NOT quitting:

1. You will be able to get the best feeling ever, like when you accomplish a new playing goal
2. No boredom ever if there is an axe in the house.
3. Spend time on this forum with cool people, you know, people like Kris
4. Grow as a musician and a person at the same time. Because one can not change without the other changing.
5. Re-realize that playing music is one of the most rewarding things a person can do
6. Be able to totally effect your progress with just the investment of time spent
7. Have the satisfaction of other people’s compliments, even if you did it wrong, they wont know
8. Be challenged almost everyday with new and exciting test of skill
9. Have a new lesson pop up that just seems like it was posted for you personally
10. Knowing good and well that time you spend practicing will be well spent and fun too.
11. Be the player you dreamt of


Summary:

See there. One more reason to keep playing. What else do you need to know. Playing guitar is the best way to spend these cold weary days, sure beats watching idol. So before you throw in the towel and sell all your junk remember two things from this old man.

If you quit now, you will leave a hole in you that nothing may ever be able to fill, you will be lost.

And

Quitters never win and winners can play 16th note triplets at 160, like some folks around here can smile.gif

GL fellers,

Glad I could help you decide to keep playing. When you get big, remember to mail my check. Please !


Thanks

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post Mar 14 2008, 11:21 PM
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To paraphrase a line from an old story of heroism that, for me, has always been a great source of wisdom I.E. Star Wars:

Not as clumsy or as comical as a ukulele; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.
For over a hundred generations, the Guitarists were the guardians
of peace, justice, and good music in the Old Republic.
Before the dark times... before the Empire.


Just kidding. But really…

Consider this: A millennia’s worth of history and evolution is tied to our instrument. It has made heroes out of the underdog, gods out of the underprivileged. It has changed the fate of lives and nations alike, and its right beneath our fingertips.

Consider this: The guitar is outlawed in certain countries, practiced and performed among underground cells who wish to keep the culture alive. In those countries, the instrument hanging on your wall and collecting dust is considered illegal contraband; an agent of insurgency, a primer for revolution, and a hazard to the status quo. It is a symbol of rebellion, created accidentally and used religiously out of a need for musical, social, and political change.

The guitar is a weapon of the oppressed. It is a vessel for expression, and a voice for the ignored (one that goes up to 11).

Can you save the world by playing a guitar? Only if you keep practicing.

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post Mar 15 2008, 07:29 AM
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I know, sometimes she can hurt you but...she does that like no other, she cut in deep, but you bleed just to know you are alive! Is like two lovers, sometimes there are no word to say so, better sit back and hear what you feel.
Have you ever thought that she can move the air? Have you ever thought that she speak to every ear?
Playing a guitar is such a beautiful gift that you have, don't thrown it away, just play what you are, just say what you feel inside without open your mouth but moving your fingers. You don't have to write the history, just live a story with her, and believe me or not, in the end you will never have a regret.



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post Mar 15 2008, 09:46 AM
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"Well... Everything's over. We tried our best by asking GMC members to write something for us that would motivate us to not quit on guitar. Well... To be honest, they didn't have good-enough reasons for us to stop the Winter Blues... We didn't have them, neither... Worst, we didn't want to find them.

Day 1
Well, everything's already packed. Someone made a good offer on our equipment and everything's leaving tomorrow. It doesn't feel as bad as they all said... Guitar history? Feeling? Practicing? Meh, we really don't need that. It seems like we all made the right decision!

Day 4

Two days have passed since we last saw the huge brown-colored box leaving inside a truck with at least 50 packages. Some of them were bigger, some of them were smaller... But just one of them was leaving with tons of practice-hours, with lots of... Lol, we really must be kidding. Life's got more other things to do, ain't it?

Week 1

Just got home from work. We got to accept a couple of shred-minutes would've been fine, but nothing to worry about. We've unconsciously been playing left-hand air-guitar, making-up some melodies in our mind, but hell... Really, it's about nothing if we compare it to what life can have.

Week 2

Just woke up, and really... We turned to see that part of the room where our equipment, recording gear, etc. used to be. We saw ourselves sitting there improvising to a backing track... We saw ourselves on one of those days where every lick sounded better than any other day. Hehe... Maybe we should take breakfast better...

Month 1

It's enough. We tried to hide ourselves from the memories around our guitar-playing carreer... It even seemed during some days that the best decision was made when we sold our equipment... One of our most important parts in life... The only friend that made our emotions amplify through notes that reflected exactly our emotional state. If we could only play guitar now, some SERIOUSLY DOWN-TUNED MINOR SCALES would sound as loud and regretful as possible..."


Guys. It's not a guitar, an amp, effect pedals and lots of more things that you could lose if you give up or sell your equipment. You are losing a great part of all that you've lived, lots of hours spent, lots of emotions, and lots of failures that led to WAY MORE successes. Keep your equipment; I assure you that you'll eventually feel the need of running a full-neck scale... Play a legendary song.

Finally, just remember that progress grows in difficulty proportionally to the level that you play. Wasn't it great to finally be able to play a clear B chord when you first grabbed your guitar? You just got to find where your leverage point lies beneath now, and I guarantee you that satisfaction will as well grow A LOT too.


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post Mar 15 2008, 05:28 PM
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Why play the guitar?
Why not? That’s the reason i started to play the guitar no bad comes from it
Now why would you want to quit playing the guitar ? ohmy.gif blink.gif Give me one good reason? :|
Not making progress anymore? Like that never happened before.
Here are some good reasons that are supposed to make you stay smile.gif
1) Mark Knopfler tongue.gif
2) fame (maybe)
3) a profession
4) fun ofc
5) no one likes quitters!
6) babes for sure
And when you're old the only thing you can do with your body is to play the guitar smile.gif

I tried to come up with some reasons to quit
1) free time problem
2) costs of …(equipment, lessons, GMC )

The free time problem (I can understand ) but you have to sacrifice something
So unless you're having a real budget problem: don’t pity yourself

You'd better start playing because I need this Korg Pandora PX4D
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post Mar 16 2008, 02:12 PM
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Winter Blues.

Do you remember that day when you first heard that great song with that awsome guitar part,
it made a chill run up your spine. That day you desided to play guitar and be able to feel like that always!!
You've been at Gmc for as long as I can remember, and you must know by now that with Gmc you can achieve your goals !
Remember that day you started and all the other times you got to feeling "one day I will be able to do that!!"
You might don't feel like it now, but eventually you'll get this feeling again! And if you didn't practice all that time before you got the feeling again, you're gonna regret it!!
Sometimes you just got to do things in life which might seem pointless. But in the end, once you reached your goals, you know what you did it for !!

Also, you're the big names on gmc! With out you guys gmc just wouldn't be the same!
You keep me, and a lot of other people, carry on with guitar! You've become images of practice and hard work, you have shown us what you can achieve, what I can achieve ! If you guys gonna quit, we all are going to quit !
Why would we try to reach our goals ; to be like you guys, if our hero's quit while they're at the top ?

Please don't quit guys ! Do it for us, do it for gmc and most importantly do it for yourself!

Remember the music, remember that feeling !

Mark.

Ps: please dont mind my bad english

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post Mar 16 2008, 04:15 PM
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Winter Blues.

You shouldn't quit playing the guitar, because you have practiced so hard and for so long. Now just because you have reached a plateau and feel you can't possibly get any better, you have lost sight of what playing guitar is really about and that is to have fun and enjoy yourself. So keep at it, you never know what lies ahead in the future, you may get discovered by some awesome label or band, you could inspire a lot of other kids and adults to pick up the guitar and start learning how to play, a lot of cool stuff like that could happen. If you decide to quit the guitar I will guarantee you this. You will regret the day you quit playing the guitar! Because you'll keep thinking in your head "This is what could have been if only I didn't quit......".

Please don't give up and do not self-limit yourself
And someday you will inspire me to keep playing the guitar.


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post Mar 16 2008, 10:24 PM
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So true all of the statements above!
I actually quit guitar more than 10 years ago. mellow.gif

Guitar is part of music, and music is a very important part of my life. I bet the same thing happens to you guys. Quitting is losing part of yourself. Back then, I felt I didn't advance, I felt I wasn't good enough or even old blink.gif (isn't that funny? I was just 20 years old and I thought I was old!)... I didn't find anyone to play with... so I quit sad.gif

I spent the next ten years feeling that I was doing something wrong. Each time I heard a good riff, a good melody... at every concert... I even have found myself throughout the years dreaming that I was playing a great solo, only to wake up in the middle of the night knowing that it would never happen, never would be real.

10 wasted years of guitar learning! sad.gif , don't let that happen to you. Don't let any of these happen to you!
If I did something right last year was entering the local music shop, getting me a new guitar and amp, joining GMC and practicing non-stop without ever looking back. I feel good again, complete. I don't dream that I play guitar, I do it smile.gif

Don't quit guys: dream while you are still awake! wink.gif
Thanks GMC smile.gif


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post Mar 18 2008, 10:33 AM
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hello the uncockburn micke-tonic und stinks

i want to help you but i play much better than you.i think you should give up

there is only room for one rockenroller und that is mr guitartube.

you pricks

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post Mar 18 2008, 11:45 AM
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hey quitter-guys, no long essay here:
If you want to quit, quit (Equipment goes to Tobias Häfele / GERMANY9)
but consider:
You have a exemplary function here and how should andybody
have fun to start playing when just the instructors or even idols say
"guitar sucks - we dont like it"??
you've committed yourself to gmc - dont dissapoint the comunity.

thats all from me

PS: playing guitar is FUN! mad.gif


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post Mar 20 2008, 11:04 AM
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Short and sweet

To Andrew: You got an Ibanez Jem a while back, and you had your eye on that beuty for a while am I correct? Why stop now, you've got an awesome shred machine. And what would your wife say when she finds out you quit (after getting the jem) wink.gif wink.gif wink.gif And isn't GMC the place to be for GUITAR PLAYERS?

To Smells: You are running a Virtual Band here on GMC, how could you be in a band when you stop guitar? Sure you could probably sing, but playing and the guitar and singing would be way cooler laugh.gif

To TheUncreator: You are young, man. If you keep playing the guitar, when you are older, you will appreciate the guitar more than you do now. My dad stopped playing guitar when he was 22, he played for 13 years. He is now 62, and he wishes he never stopped. Keep playing man!


To MickeM: You are building a guitar mate!! What would you do with it once youve finished and quit the guitar?!? Making it is probably hard work, and you wouldnt want to spend time on making a guitar that at the end you wouldn't use?

To TonyMirro: You have been a great help to the GMC forum, 2.121 posts, now thats something. When someone asks you a question on the forum regarding a guitar, or YOUR guitar, what are you going to tell them???? 'Sorry man, quit the guitar...'
Good luck sleeping at night... wink.gif wink.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif

Now come on guys, be a 'guitarrrr prick'. KEEP PLAYING THE GUITAR, KEEP ROCKING. DO IT FOR YOURSELF. DO IT FOR GMC!

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post Mar 20 2008, 01:01 PM
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My entry:

So you've been struck by the winterblues? You say you'll never pick up that crappy piece of wood again? That may be a big mistake... I did that once, and the hell I lived thru afterwards is something I do not wish my worst enemy. Read this true story, and tremble with fear of what might happen to you...

It was back in the days of 1994. Life was grand, sweden took the bronze at the Soccer World Championships in USA, I had a nice paying job and a nice apartment where I lived with my girlfriend who was playbunny material(She fell in love with me at a party where I played creedence songs on a $150 out of tune acoustic)...
I had just bought a Peavey Vandenberg guitar, a wonder of playability which allowed me to finally learn the intro to Yngwie's Trilogy Suite opus:5 on half speed. You could say I was in my prime...

I guess all these things combined made me lazy and sort of content. Often I chose to watch TV, or drink a beer at the local pub instead of playing the guitar. My girlfriend was not happy, she really enjoyed listening to me practicing. She just sat there with her eyes glittering as soon as I started playing Trilogy at half speed for the 59 zillionth time... On these occasions we always ended up in bed, where we didn't go at it at half speed, it was more like 280 bpm.
Well, like all things, you get tired of them, no matter how enjoyable they are. I was in particular starting to feel somewhat annoyed by the fact that she insisted on calling me Yngwie during our bedtime sessions... Also, I have short hair, and I didn't appreciate the habit she had of putting a 80's hair metal wig on my head. I thought I looked silly and begged her many times if we could skip this part, but then she would just go insane and sulk for days afterwards...

So one day I just refused.... "Please play Trilogy", she said a Friday afternoon. For the first time I said: "No, this is it, I'll never play that damn thing again, sometimes I suspect you don't love me, you love Trilogy Opus:5 and Yngwie!" After some discussion where she eagerly insisted that I was her only love, she screamed louder and in a higher pitch than Queensryche's Geoff Tate: "OK, SO I DO IT MYSELF!!!".
She ran out to the guitar room, picked up my Peavey, and started her own version of Trilogy... Needless to say, it sounded like utter crap! She played it faster then me but not a tone was right. You could say this was the guitar version of Chinese Water Torture...
I thought it was best to leave her be until she calmed down. 7 hours later, she was still going strong. Neighbors had also starting to notice the noise coming from our apartment. As one neighbor put it when he called: "Could you please play that Trilogy at half speed again, I don't think you're ready for full speed just yet?" After explaining to him(and 8 other callers) that it was in fact my girlfriend who just started her shredding career, I finally had enough and called the ambulance...

They picked her up at 2am that morning... They had never seen such a severe case of mental illness. She was clinging on to my Peavey with enormous strength, and to get her down to the ambulance they had to unplug the guitar and carry her out to the car. She was still playing, but of course now at a much more pleasant volume.

Now, 14 years later, she is at an asylum 25 miles from my home. The doctors haven't much hope of her ever getting better, they have many patients who is committed ther from various shred-diseases, but this is by far the worst they have ever seen...
They succeeded to get the Peavey out of her hands by giving her some paralyzing medicine, but all her awaken time she's now mumbleing the Trilogy Suite with her mouth. She does this quite accurate and at correct pitch(even tuned down a ½ note), and very impressingly is she does this at full speed!

As you understand, of course my life is in ruins now, I lost my love in life, and every Sunday afternoon is spent at this asylum(visiting hours 3-5pm), listening to my love mumbleing the Trilogy intro over and over and over again...
The other pateints and staff at the asylum has requested me to bring some other songs for her to listen to. Not that she will stop mumbleing, but they thought a change of tune would be nice. Nothing helps...
I played Impelitterri, Gilbert, Petrucci and countless others but to no avail. She did turn silent and laughed for a few seconds when I played Michael Angelo Batio, but then she started going Yngwie again.

So for me it's too late, but all you young guys out there should learn an important lesson from my mistake. Now I dwell in my dark apartment, asking myself again and again, oh why did I say those dreadful words: "No, this is it, I'll never play that damn thing again"

Don't let this happen to you, wear that wig, and don't be so picky about her calling you Jimi, John, Paul or whatever... You will thank me later, I promise!


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post Mar 22 2008, 07:01 PM
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You'll never quit because u know the feel of the guitar
You pick it up and feel the neck , the strings and the pick
you hear the surge of power as the amp comes to life
you love the sound of just strumming the strings for the first time that day
you can't wait to finish warming up so u can just play
and as u improvise and lose yourself in the music you feel your soul fly
it opens up and all thats left is music ,nothing more and nothing less
just try and quit , i dare you
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post Mar 22 2008, 07:12 PM
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QUOTE (ztevie @ Mar 20 2008, 01:01 PM) *
My entry:

So you've been struck by the winterblues? You say you'll never pick up that crappy piece of wood again? That may be a big mistake... I did that once, and the hell I lived thru afterwards is something I do not wish my worst enemy. Read this true story, and tremble with fear of what might happen to you...

It was back in the days of 1994. Life was grand, sweden took the bronze at the Soccer World Championships in USA, I had a nice paying job and a nice apartment where I lived with my girlfriend who was playbunny material(She fell in love with me at a party where I played creedence songs on a $150 out of tune acoustic)...
I had just bought a Peavey Vandenberg guitar, a wonder of playability which allowed me to finally learn the intro to Yngwie's Trilogy Suite opus:5 on half speed. You could say I was in my prime...

I guess all these things combined made me lazy and sort of content. Often I chose to watch TV, or drink a beer at the local pub instead of playing the guitar. My girlfriend was not happy, she really enjoyed listening to me practicing. She just sat there with her eyes glittering as soon as I started playing Trilogy at half speed for the 59 zillionth time... On these occasions we always ended up in bed, where we didn't go at it at half speed, it was more like 280 bpm.
Well, like all things, you get tired of them, no matter how enjoyable they are. I was in particular starting to feel somewhat annoyed by the fact that she insisted on calling me Yngwie during our bedtime sessions... Also, I have short hair, and I didn't appreciate the habit she had of putting a 80's hair metal wig on my head. I thought I looked silly and begged her many times if we could skip this part, but then she would just go insane and sulk for days afterwards...

So one day I just refused.... "Please play Trilogy", she said a Friday afternoon. For the first time I said: "No, this is it, I'll never play that damn thing again, sometimes I suspect you don't love me, you love Trilogy Opus:5 and Yngwie!" After some discussion where she eagerly insisted that I was her only love, she screamed louder and in a higher pitch than Queensryche's Geoff Tate: "OK, SO I DO IT MYSELF!!!".
She ran out to the guitar room, picked up my Peavey, and started her own version of Trilogy... Needless to say, it sounded like utter crap! She played it faster then me but not a tone was right. You could say this was the guitar version of Chinese Water Torture...
I thought it was best to leave her be until she calmed down. 7 hours later, she was still going strong. Neighbors had also starting to notice the noise coming from our apartment. As one neighbor put it when he called: "Could you please play that Trilogy at half speed again, I don't think you're ready for full speed just yet?" After explaining to him(and 8 other callers) that it was in fact my girlfriend who just started her shredding career, I finally had enough and called the ambulance...

They picked her up at 2am that morning... They had never seen such a severe case of mental illness. She was clinging on to my Peavey with enormous strength, and to get her down to the ambulance they had to unplug the guitar and carry her out to the car. She was still playing, but of course now at a much more pleasant volume.

Now, 14 years later, she is at an asylum 25 miles from my home. The doctors haven't much hope of her ever getting better, they have many patients who is committed ther from various shred-diseases, but this is by far the worst they have ever seen...
They succeeded to get the Peavey out of her hands by giving her some paralyzing medicine, but all her awaken time she's now mumbleing the Trilogy Suite with her mouth. She does this quite accurate and at correct pitch(even tuned down a ½ note), and very impressingly is she does this at full speed!

As you understand, of course my life is in ruins now, I lost my love in life, and every Sunday afternoon is spent at this asylum(visiting hours 3-5pm), listening to my love mumbleing the Trilogy intro over and over and over again...
The other pateints and staff at the asylum has requested me to bring some other songs for her to listen to. Not that she will stop mumbleing, but they thought a change of tune would be nice. Nothing helps...
I played Impelitterri, Gilbert, Petrucci and countless others but to no avail. She did turn silent and laughed for a few seconds when I played Michael Angelo Batio, but then she started going Yngwie again.

So for me it's too late, but all you young guys out there should learn an important lesson from my mistake. Now I dwell in my dark apartment, asking myself again and again, oh why did I say those dreadful words: "No, this is it, I'll never play that damn thing again"

Don't let this happen to you, wear that wig, and don't be so picky about her calling you Jimi, John, Paul or whatever... You will thank me later, I promise!



I still can't believe what I just read... blink.gif
This is pure genius!!! I know this is none of my business,
but this one HAS to win SOMETHING! (please not a 80s' wig though...).
I loved it!!!!
Thank you, Eddie

PS: If you want to quit, just quit, but be sure not to start again,
otherwise you'll REALLY regret you quit... (Sounds like a good reason to me not to quit...)

Cheers, Eddie

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post Mar 22 2008, 07:19 PM
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QUOTE (ztevie @ Mar 20 2008, 01:01 PM) *
My entry:

So you've been struck by the winterblues? You say you'll never pick up that crappy piece of wood again? That may be a big mistake... I did that once, and the hell I lived thru afterwards is something I do not wish my worst enemy. Read this true story, and tremble with fear of what might happen to you...

It was back in the days of 1994. Life was grand, sweden took the bronze at the Soccer World Championships in USA, I had a nice paying job and a nice apartment where I lived with my girlfriend who was playbunny material(She fell in love with me at a party where I played creedence songs on a $150 out of tune acoustic)...
I had just bought a Peavey Vandenberg guitar, a wonder of playability which allowed me to finally learn the intro to Yngwie's Trilogy Suite opus:5 on half speed. You could say I was in my prime...

I guess all these things combined made me lazy and sort of content. Often I chose to watch TV, or drink a beer at the local pub instead of playing the guitar. My girlfriend was not happy, she really enjoyed listening to me practicing. She just sat there with her eyes glittering as soon as I started playing Trilogy at half speed for the 59 zillionth time... On these occasions we always ended up in bed, where we didn't go at it at half speed, it was more like 280 bpm.
Well, like all things, you get tired of them, no matter how enjoyable they are. I was in particular starting to feel somewhat annoyed by the fact that she insisted on calling me Yngwie during our bedtime sessions... Also, I have short hair, and I didn't appreciate the habit she had of putting a 80's hair metal wig on my head. I thought I looked silly and begged her many times if we could skip this part, but then she would just go insane and sulk for days afterwards...

So one day I just refused.... "Please play Trilogy", she said a Friday afternoon. For the first time I said: "No, this is it, I'll never play that damn thing again, sometimes I suspect you don't love me, you love Trilogy Opus:5 and Yngwie!" After some discussion where she eagerly insisted that I was her only love, she screamed louder and in a higher pitch than Queensryche's Geoff Tate: "OK, SO I DO IT MYSELF!!!".
She ran out to the guitar room, picked up my Peavey, and started her own version of Trilogy... Needless to say, it sounded like utter crap! She played it faster then me but not a tone was right. You could say this was the guitar version of Chinese Water Torture...
I thought it was best to leave her be until she calmed down. 7 hours later, she was still going strong. Neighbors had also starting to notice the noise coming from our apartment. As one neighbor put it when he called: "Could you please play that Trilogy at half speed again, I don't think you're ready for full speed just yet?" After explaining to him(and 8 other callers) that it was in fact my girlfriend who just started her shredding career, I finally had enough and called the ambulance...

They picked her up at 2am that morning... They had never seen such a severe case of mental illness. She was clinging on to my Peavey with enormous strength, and to get her down to the ambulance they had to unplug the guitar and carry her out to the car. She was still playing, but of course now at a much more pleasant volume.

Now, 14 years later, she is at an asylum 25 miles from my home. The doctors haven't much hope of her ever getting better, they have many patients who is committed ther from various shred-diseases, but this is by far the worst they have ever seen...
They succeeded to get the Peavey out of her hands by giving her some paralyzing medicine, but all her awaken time she's now mumbleing the Trilogy Suite with her mouth. She does this quite accurate and at correct pitch(even tuned down a ½ note), and very impressingly is she does this at full speed!

As you understand, of course my life is in ruins now, I lost my love in life, and every Sunday afternoon is spent at this asylum(visiting hours 3-5pm), listening to my love mumbleing the Trilogy intro over and over and over again...
The other pateints and staff at the asylum has requested me to bring some other songs for her to listen to. Not that she will stop mumbleing, but they thought a change of tune would be nice. Nothing helps...
I played Impelitterri, Gilbert, Petrucci and countless others but to no avail. She did turn silent and laughed for a few seconds when I played Michael Angelo Batio, but then she started going Yngwie again.

So for me it's too late, but all you young guys out there should learn an important lesson from my mistake. Now I dwell in my dark apartment, asking myself again and again, oh why did I say those dreadful words: "No, this is it, I'll never play that damn thing again"

Don't let this happen to you, wear that wig, and don't be so picky about her calling you Jimi, John, Paul or whatever... You will thank me later, I promise!


You win..


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Capt.Z
post Mar 22 2008, 09:56 PM
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Well, here is a second entry incase the first one loses...

"Ahh yes, i remember when i once wanted to give up guitar...
let me think.... oh yea!
Right after i left Guns N' Roses, and i formed the snakepit...
it was a winter much like this one, and we just had a concert.
I nearly gave up, and over the next decade, i had other side
projects, and performed with many other bands...

I was not fully satisfied, and nearly quit until...
We formed Velvet Revolver, and all was well.

Now im a guitar legend, and im in guitar hero 3(cool!)
If you wanna be more like me, than keep practicing...
believe me its worth it.
Sincerly, SLASH"

well i hope everyone likes it. i used wikipedia to
find most of this out. so i hope i win. laugh.gif


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Col Roberts
post Mar 23 2008, 09:57 AM
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Every person who picks up a guitar will eventually reach a point where they
feel they have reached a plateau and can't continue to improve. If you put
your mind to it, and put in the hours, you can achieve anything. Doubt in
your ability is the enemy and must be overcome. Winter time is period where
depression is often common, but what better way is there to beat depression
than to nail a new solo, create a new riff or collaborate with other guitar
players. Every time I complete a new lesson, bring a lesson up to the correct
tempo or learn a new scale I feel energised and eager for the next step.
There is so much to learn, and I fear that a lifetime isn't long enough to
learn it all. But am I going to give up? No! To give up would be saying that
all this time I have invested was a waste of time. As one famous guitarist said
about learning to play, "It's one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent
perspiration". Come on, remember all those achievements you've had with your
playing, the enjoyment and fun you can have, the music that's waiting to be
created and the fact that guitar players rule. If you give up now, and then
decide years later that you do want to play, you can never get that precious
time back!

How about you guys forming a collaboration and composing a tune called "The
Winter Blues". Hey, it might just be the tonic you need.

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post Mar 23 2008, 06:54 PM
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andrew is it ok if i post mine in a few hours or so? im going out for easter and dont have time to post it now.
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post Mar 24 2008, 12:46 AM
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Long time lurker, first time poster. I hope you enjoy.

An Ode To A Guitarist
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You hit a chord, the crowd goes wild
The spotlight hits your face
You got your axe, your amp and picks
Your power chord sets the pace

Your solo starts, palm muted licks
"I'll start out slow", you said
But as you start to warm them up
Your fingers want to shred

The crowd cheers now, their fists held high
They're calling out your name
They don't know of all the work
That went into your fame

When starting out, you practiced scales
Pentatonic, major, minor too
Then modes and chords, you learned them all
Your skills just grew and grew

At GMC they teach you stuff
Like taps and sweeps and scales
You play for hours every day
And now, your axe just wails

Of course it can get very hard
To practice every day
But should you quit and give it up?
No sir, no how, no way!

It's in your blood and in your heart
The need is deep inside
You've come so far and learned so much
You couldn't quit if you tried

On the stage or by yourself
You play guitar for fun
Just face it guys, you can't let go
Your axe and you are one
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Andrew Cockburn
post Mar 24 2008, 02:08 AM
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Wow, lots of amazing entries smile.gif

All good things must come to an end, and entries are now closed - The affected members will read your entries, and if, and I mean if we decide not to give up guitar, we will award prizes to those of you who convinced us the most smile.gif

Winners will be announced next weekend!


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Effects : Line6 Helix, Keeley Modded Boss DS1, Keeley Modded Boss BD2, Keeley 4 knob compressor, Keeley OxBlood
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