Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Have You Ever Wonder If.......
MonkeyDAthos
post May 30 2011, 12:08 AM
Post #1


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 2.464
Joined: 28-October 10
From: Portugal; Bombarral
Member No.: 11.477



if you didn't play a musical instrument? How would your life be?
- i would probably ending up having better grades, and follow my dad's steps on computer business.


--------------------
QUOTE
It's a proven fact that guitar faces have a bigger impact on tone than wood does.


Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
JamesT
post May 30 2011, 12:25 AM
Post #2


Accomplished Tone Master
*

Group: Members
Posts: 757
Joined: 12-April 08
From: USA, NV
Member No.: 4.872



Yeah, especially when I was trying to decide between one day going pro, and finishing college. I'm glad I finished school and got my electrical engineering degree cause it has made the other goals and dreams a lot more reachable. I think the good news is that you can do both. You can be a professional in one line of work, and still play guitar/music at a pretty high level of accomplishment. There are some tradeoffs for sure, but believe me, having a good career can make your time playing the guitar pretty sweet. Sometimes I also look back and wonder if I had focused more exclusively on guitar. I would be a better player today, but probably not more successful in my career than I am now.


--------------------


Check out my YouTube Channel
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Sollesnes
post May 30 2011, 12:33 AM
Post #3


Learning Tone Master
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.940
Joined: 18-January 09
Member No.: 6.623



There's more to life than guitar, but I think everyone should have something to put their everything in. It gives a discipline that can be transfered to whatever you want to do in life smile.gif
In other words, I would probably give my whole to something else - like learning more languages or drawing/painting smile.gif

This post has been edited by Sollesnes: May 30 2011, 12:38 AM
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
thefireball
post May 30 2011, 01:23 AM
Post #4


Learning Roadie
*

Group: Members
Posts: 4.487
Joined: 9-March 10
From: United States, Arkansas
Member No.: 9.801



Yeah, I am consumed in music right now; hence, I don't have a girlfriend right now because I would want to give her fair time. I'm way too consumed in guitar, and it wouldn't be right. Perhaps I'd be into find a girlfriend, or tinkering with a computer all the time if I didn't play music. Or maybe I'd be a big gamer. biggrin.gif

I found this Death Worm game, and it's so addicting. LOL. I don't know why. laugh.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
zen
post May 30 2011, 02:08 AM
Post #5


Learning Tone Seeker
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.114
Joined: 26-January 08
From: Melbourne, Australia
Member No.: 3.995



If I didn't play a musical instrument, I would've found another outlet to focus my energies in order to develop another skill. One should be able to adapt to whatever life throws at him/her. Finding that right balance between career/ guitar is also quite hard to achieve. Which is why one of them always suffers. The trick is to keep trying and never give up. Just enjoy the journey.

If you are the next Steve Vai, you'll probably feel it yourself and others around you will too. So that's a sign to sacrifice more things and just focus on excelling at music. But if you feel that realistically you are not gonna be the next big thing, then it's always practical to have something to fall back on but still continue to play music.

Education is important. Not everyone is privileged to make the most of it. So don't take it for granted. If you are letting your guitar affect your grades, then you're probably not doing something right. If anything, guitar practice should improve your focus and concentration that should help you in your studies. It should keep your mind sharp. I have a bachelors and a masters degree and I felt the same way when I was studying but it has some benefits in the long run. Not all of it though, as grades are NOT a reflection of how successful you will be in life.

Life is much more than guitar and music. Not undermining them at all. I am VERY passionate about them. But to live completely, one must explore and experience everything ....but it comes at a cost: TIME. If it's worth it or not is upto you to decide.

This post has been edited by zen: May 30 2011, 04:17 AM


--------------------
"If the need is deep, you WILL find a way , if it isn't, you'll find some excuse"

Check out my Student Instructor Lesson on Metal Riffing HERE

Visit My Youtube Channel
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Blister
post May 30 2011, 03:22 AM
Post #6


Learning Apprentice Player
*

Group: Members
Posts: 772
Joined: 31-January 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 12.141



I might just be the opposite of this question. I'm 47 (actually turn 48 next week). I have worked in the family business for 25 years. In the past year I found GMC, wiped an inch of dust off the ol' guitar case, joined GMC in February & have finally got a practice routine down. I didn't have an interest/hobby before (that I was really excited about). I've always loved music.

Maybe it's my version of a midlife crisis, but all I know is that I am having more fun now than ever. I've always been involved with my family & church stuff, but have never really done something for me. I have turned my wife into a "guitar widow" but thankfully she has been very supportive. I also appreciate how friendly, welcoming & supportive the GMC community is.

Wow! I just realized how "syrup-y" this got. Sorry. mellow.gif Anyone need a tissue?

Gary F.


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Ben Higgins
post May 30 2011, 10:48 AM
Post #7


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 13.787
Joined: 11-March 10
From: England
Member No.: 9.820



QUOTE (zen @ May 30 2011, 02:08 AM) *
If anything, guitar practice should improve your focus and concentration that should help you in your studies. It should keep your mind sharp. I have a bachelors and a masters degree and I felt the same way when I was studying but it has some benefits in the long run. Not all of it though, as grades are NOT a reflection of how successful you will be in life.

Life is much more than guitar and music. Not undermining them at all. I am VERY passionate about them. But to live completely, one must explore and experience everything ....but it comes at a cost: TIME. If it's worth it or not is upto you to decide.


Totally agree cool.gif

QUOTE (Blister @ May 30 2011, 03:22 AM) *
I might just be the opposite of this question. I'm 47 (actually turn 48 next week). I have worked in the family business for 25 years. In the past year I found GMC, wiped an inch of dust off the ol' guitar case, joined GMC in February & have finally got a practice routine down. I didn't have an interest/hobby before (that I was really excited about). I've always loved music.


This is very cool Gary.. some things just come along in life when you don't expect it. And it doesn't matter when because whenever it does happen, it was the right time smile.gif

Reagrds to the main question.. if I han't picked up the guitar I would most likely be an artist of some description, most likely comics or album art. It was what I did ever since I was small.. used to draw all the time... all the otherr kids at school would get me to draw stuff for them all the time, even their art homework. One thing I remember is I made my own mini series called 'The Pub'.. the main feature was a pub with a violent barman who, by the end of the feature, had managed to beat up his entire clientele. Don't ask me why... I had a thing for drawing violence back then... ph34r.gif

Then heavy metal came along and ruined everything, haha ! laugh.gif

This post has been edited by Ben Higgins: May 30 2011, 10:51 AM


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Fran
post May 30 2011, 11:03 AM
Post #8


Learning Rock Star - Wiki Coordinator
Group Icon

Group: GMC Senior
Posts: 7.921
Joined: 20-November 07
From: Spain
Member No.: 3.338



Well, since I quit playing guitar for several years in the past I knopw for sure how I felt, and it was that I was lacking something. Not anymore, thanks to GMC cool.gif wink.gif


--------------------
Guitars:
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster, Ibanez RG2570MZ, Epiphone SG G-400
Amp:
Vox AC4TVH head + V112TV cab
Effects:
Vox Satchurator, Vox Time Machine, Dunlop CryBaby, Boss MT-2, Boss CE-5, Boss TU-2, Boss ME-70
Recording:
Line-6 POD X3 + FBV-Express, Pandora PX5D

GMC wants YOU to take part in our Guitar-Wikipedia!
Have a good time reading great articles and writing your own with us in our GUITAR WIKI!
Share your playing and get Pro-advice from our Instructors: Join REC
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
zen
post May 30 2011, 11:08 AM
Post #9


Learning Tone Seeker
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1.114
Joined: 26-January 08
From: Melbourne, Australia
Member No.: 3.995



QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ May 30 2011, 07:48 PM) *
Then heavy metal came along and ruined everything, haha ! laugh.gif


hahha.. This is Gold. Same here laugh.gif


--------------------
"If the need is deep, you WILL find a way , if it isn't, you'll find some excuse"

Check out my Student Instructor Lesson on Metal Riffing HERE

Visit My Youtube Channel
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
maharzan
post May 30 2011, 11:37 AM
Post #10


Veteran Guitar Lord
*

Group: Members
Posts: 2.333
Joined: 2-May 09
From: Kathmandu
Member No.: 7.127



If there was no computers, I would be doing some graphic designs. I wouldn't have played guitar if there were no computers. smile.gif


--------------------
Checkout my YouTube & my band Nissim's YouTube channels.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post May 30 2011, 12:04 PM
Post #11


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



QUOTE (Sollesnes @ May 29 2011, 11:33 PM) *
There's more to life than guitar, but I think everyone should have something to put their everything in. It gives a discipline that can be transfered to whatever you want to do in life smile.gif
In other words, I would probably give my whole to something else - like learning more languages or drawing/painting smile.gif


Exactly! A lot of my discipline came from studying guitar smile.gif and yes, I applied it in everything i do.

I've seen so many good points in this topic so far, that I can't stay away from writing a few lines myself..

This morning I came home from down town and I was thinking of how this damn time passes by - I barely get to do the stuff I'm working on and ...whoooshh, the day is gone... Time is what we make of it indeed. It is our greatest resource and our greatest enemy in the same time.

Life should be an inspiration for us all regarding everything we do..It's not how much you practice but how much you practice consciously and how you manage to resonate with the creation flow so that your study may have not been in vain.

I have my own little company, I play in 4 bands, I teach at GMC, I organize modern singing workshops, I have a family and 2 dogs and maybe a few more other things smile.gif I am young and powerful, but at some point people ask me "How long will this madman rhythm last? 5-10 years more?"

"When a kid makes his/ her way into your life, things will get even more complicated" - I guess, but after all this, I realized that my energy actually comes from doing all these things and without them, I would be as dry as a desert.

I would never see myself NOT playing or making music, it's like filling a sink with water and expecting it not to spill - i would probably go insane or find another way of expressing myself. On the other hand though, if I wouldn't be doing everything else I'm doing, I would probably not have the inspiration to write music smile.gif so I guess it's impossible to have one without the other - at least for me.

I dunno how anybody else ticks wink.gif but this is my mechanism biggrin.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Daniel Realpe
post May 30 2011, 05:15 PM
Post #12


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 5.655
Joined: 11-October 09
From: Bogota
Member No.: 7.694



QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ May 30 2011, 12:04 PM) *
Exactly! A lot of my discipline came from studying guitar smile.gif and yes, I applied it in everything i do.

I've seen so many good points in this topic so far, that I can't stay away from writing a few lines myself..

This morning I came home from down town and I was thinking of how this damn time passes by - I barely get to do the stuff I'm working on and ...whoooshh, the day is gone... Time is what we make of it indeed. It is our greatest resource and our greatest enemy in the same time.

Life should be an inspiration for us all regarding everything we do..It's not how much you practice but how much you practice consciously and how you manage to resonate with the creation flow so that your study may have not been in vain.

I have my own little company, I play in 4 bands, I teach at GMC, I organize modern singing workshops, I have a family and 2 dogs and maybe a few more other things smile.gif I am young and powerful, but at some point people ask me "How long will this madman rhythm last? 5-10 years more?"

"When a kid makes his/ her way into your life, things will get even more complicated" - I guess, but after all this, I realized that my energy actually comes from doing all these things and without them, I would be as dry as a desert.

I would never see myself NOT playing or making music, it's like filling a sink with water and expecting it not to spill - i would probably go insane or find another way of expressing myself. On the other hand though, if I wouldn't be doing everything else I'm doing, I would probably not have the inspiration to write music smile.gif so I guess it's impossible to have one without the other - at least for me.

I dunno how anybody else ticks wink.gif but this is my mechanism biggrin.gif

That's a very honest post Cosmin, cheers!

Myself I think music is something that has connected me with a deeper truth of my existence, and that is invaluable. And people say it's cool too hahah

I'd probably be doing the exact same thing my mates are doing, becoming a lawyer, a doctor, engineer,

I think it's not good to let the world decide what's good for you, let's face it, whatever it is you are going to do, it's only 80 years (being optimist), and then it's gone, so I don't worry too much about it and don't put too much importance into becoming "the great artist" or "the great business man", the result is taking life with ease and let things happen with no judgement,

But out of this state, new things start to emerge, and I say it out of experience,


--------------------
Visit my:
INSTRUCTOR PROFILE

"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music."
Gustav Mahler


Subscribe to my Youtube Channel here
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Cosmin Lupu
post May 30 2011, 05:35 PM
Post #13


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 22.808
Joined: 14-June 10
From: Bucharest
Member No.: 10.636



QUOTE (Daniel Realpe @ May 30 2011, 04:15 PM) *
That's a very honest post Cosmin, cheers!

Myself I think music is something that has connected me with a deeper truth of my existence, and that is invaluable. And people say it's cool too hahah

I'd probably be doing the exact same thing my mates are doing, becoming a lawyer, a doctor, engineer,

I think it's not good to let the world decide what's good for you, let's face it, whatever it is you are going to do, it's only 80 years (being optimist), and then it's gone, so I don't worry too much about it and don't put too much importance into becoming "the great artist" or "the great business man", the result is taking life with ease and let things happen with no judgement,

But out of this state, new things start to emerge, and I say it out of experience,


Thank you Daniel smile.gif

You are very right - we are usually afraid of following a dream, because usually dreams are thought as dreams because they lack the 'safe' factor smile.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Todd Simpson
post May 30 2011, 06:27 PM
Post #14


GMC:er
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 14.455
Joined: 23-December 09
From: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Member No.: 8.794



Great thread! I've "Always" wanted to play guitar. Since just after I could walk I started asking my folks for one. I hear that same thing all the time from folks about "Always wanting to play an instrument" to which I always reply, "So did I. What's stopping you?"

As if folks hit a point and think, "well, it's too late, I'll never play an instrument". Poppycock. Picking up an instrument is one of the best things IMHO you can do with your life/time/effort. Music add so much to life. Playing it adds even more.

If I couldn't play guitar, I"d probably play drums, keys, whatever really. But even if I lost both arms, I'd still write music with a mouse using my toes. For me, life without music just seems, awful.

I must also say how thankful I am for GMC. I come from a long line of Teachers in my extended family and I LOVE teaching. I also LOVE guitar so teaching guitar started for me almost as soon as I learned to play. Being able to reach out globally have have a Video Chat session with players from all over the planet is honestly nothing short of Miracle for me. I love this place. Props to Kris and everyone here @ GMC!

Todd


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Ivan Milenkovic
post May 30 2011, 07:52 PM
Post #15


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 25.396
Joined: 20-November 07
From: Belgrade, Serbia
Member No.: 3.341



Oh man, I would probably be stuck somewhere in some computer office writing code or databases sad.gif

Fortunately, I played lots of gigs, recorded couple of albums, had lots of fun, and discovered GMC! biggrin.gif

This post has been edited by Ivan Milenkovic: May 30 2011, 07:53 PM


--------------------
- Ivan's Video Chat Lesson Notes HERE
- Check out my GMC Profile and Lessons
- (Please subscribe to my) YouTube Official Channel
- Let's be connected through ! Facebook! :)
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Daniel Realpe
post May 31 2011, 03:18 PM
Post #16


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 5.655
Joined: 11-October 09
From: Bogota
Member No.: 7.694



QUOTE (Todd Simpson @ May 30 2011, 06:27 PM) *
Great thread! I've "Always" wanted to play guitar. Since just after I could walk I started asking my folks for one. I hear that same thing all the time from folks about "Always wanting to play an instrument" to which I always reply, "So did I. What's stopping you?"

As if folks hit a point and think, "well, it's too late, I'll never play an instrument". Poppycock. Picking up an instrument is one of the best things IMHO you can do with your life/time/effort. Music add so much to life. Playing it adds even more.

If I couldn't play guitar, I"d probably play drums, keys, whatever really. But even if I lost both arms, I'd still write music with a mouse using my toes. For me, life without music just seems, awful.

I must also say how thankful I am for GMC. I come from a long line of Teachers in my extended family and I LOVE teaching. I also LOVE guitar so teaching guitar started for me almost as soon as I learned to play. Being able to reach out globally have have a Video Chat session with players from all over the planet is honestly nothing short of Miracle for me. I love this place. Props to Kris and everyone here @ GMC!

Todd

nice Todd!


--------------------
Visit my:
INSTRUCTOR PROFILE

"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music."
Gustav Mahler


Subscribe to my Youtube Channel here
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Blister
post Jun 1 2011, 01:55 AM
Post #17


Learning Apprentice Player
*

Group: Members
Posts: 772
Joined: 31-January 11
From: Florida
Member No.: 12.141



This is a great post. I started copying everybody's quotes & realized it was getting to be too much. I have really enjoyed all these comments & have read them all. There are quite a few interesting insights.

QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ May 30 2011, 05:48 AM) *
This is very cool Gary.. some things just come along in life when you don't expect it. And it doesn't matter when because whenever it does happen, it was the right time smile.gif


Very true Ben, I really appreciate that.

Gary F.




--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Gabriel Leopardi
post Jun 1 2011, 05:55 AM
Post #18


Instructor
Group Icon

Group: GMC Instructor
Posts: 28.826
Joined: 3-March 07
From: Argentina
Member No.: 1.289



mmm difficult question, I can't imagine my life without the guitar... but I think that I would have become a 3D Animation Designer, I really like what the guys of Pixar can do... Video Games developer would be also cool. smile.gif


--------------------
My lessons

Do you need a Guitar Plan?
Join Gab's Army

Check my band:Cirse
Check my soundcloud:Soundcloud

Please subscribe to my:Youtube Channel
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

Reply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 22nd May 2017 - 10:30 PM