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Ivan Milenkovic
post Jul 7 2011, 11:51 AM
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We all have times in our lives when we feel discouraged by some event or person. Most of the times, thing just "sum up" and the trigger is one small event, so our motivation towards music seems to be missing somehow.

I never felt that discouraged by anything in particular, but there were phases when I stagnated a bit, mostly due to general state of the music scene in my country. Somehow it seems it is made that way on purpose, just so musicians cannot make a living. But, guitar is what I play, and this is what I will do.

Have you every been discouraged by something, and that prevented you to keep up with your playing? How did you manage to get over it?


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post Jul 7 2011, 12:14 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 7 2011, 10:51 AM) *
We all have times in our lives when we feel discouraged by some event or person. Most of the times, thing just "sum up" and the trigger is one small event, so our motivation towards music seems to be missing somehow.

I never felt that discouraged by anything in particular, but there were phases when I stagnated a bit, mostly due to general state of the music scene in my country. Somehow it seems it is made that way on purpose, just so musicians cannot make a living. But, guitar is what I play, and this is what I will do.

Have you every been discouraged by something, and that prevented you to keep up with your playing? How did you manage to get over it?


Hmmmm, I've been discouraged some times by people who never took the time to look past what's going on around them. In Romania, the music scene is very corrupted and viced by low quality stuff as well so, musicians are having a hard time to make a living. But that could change, only if something would trigger a mentality change regarding what the responsible people promote!

Nothing is impossible smile.gif I think! All we have to do is think outside the box - good things happen when you least expect them, starting from the craziest ideas. Look at GMC - Romanian musicians would never try to come up with activities such as those going on in here wink.gif so, this is what makes the difference. Don't look around and cry out because that huge contract never comes! Look around for opportunities to be able to do what you do best smile.gif


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post Jul 7 2011, 12:54 PM
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Yes I've been discouraged by terrible gigs.. working to get people to a gig in somewhere like London but the gig is a waste of time. Things like that make you shake your head and wonder what to do next..

Also, band members dragging their heels and making your life harder than it needs to be is frustrating and often makes you think 'What's the point ?'

However, these moments last for a little while before being replaced by sheer determination and iron will ! biggrin.gif


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post Jul 7 2011, 06:02 PM
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I became a little depressed for a while, a few months ago, right before school was ending. I was ready to get it over with. I was more stressed than depressed though. It wasn't a deep depression though. But actually, my music was the only thing that kept me going. Music lifts me up. If I'm feeling down, or had a bad day, I take it all out on music. I just play to my heart's content. With time and prayer to Jesus, He helped me through it. smile.gif


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post Jul 7 2011, 10:46 PM
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I see that the situation is the same everywhere in the world,terrible!!
In that context-anything no longer can't surprised me. When I play live - I play for my pleasure, have my own world into which I enter, and don't depress me scarce or uncultured audience - that's happens lately, unfortunately ...


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post Jul 7 2011, 10:50 PM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 7 2011, 12:54 PM) *
Yes I've been discouraged by terrible gigs.. working to get people to a gig in somewhere like London but the gig is a waste of time. Things like that make you shake your head and wonder what to do next..

Also, band members dragging their heels and making your life harder than it needs to be is frustrating and often makes you think 'What's the point ?'

However, these moments last for a little while before being replaced by sheer determination and iron will ! biggrin.gif


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post Jul 8 2011, 02:48 AM
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it's kind of funny , but two of three (cliche)things for a rock guitarist(___,drugs , and rock& roll)-keepin it clean- are usually the biggest downfall for a serious guitarist. at least they were for me
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post Jul 8 2011, 09:52 AM
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Sure. Many years ago (no internet, no guitar pro, hell, I didn't even have a computer laugh.gif), I didn't find any good material to learn, didn't have any friends interested in music, and the private lessons I attended were crap, so... I quit. For ten years. Then came GMC wink.gif


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post Jul 8 2011, 08:45 PM
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Fran - No internet or computer... no GMC? How you survive!?!?!!!


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post Jul 8 2011, 09:13 PM
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Those are awesome stories guys! Very interesting to read this! smile.gif


Ben mentioned bad gigs. This is certainly something that can smack your moral and motivation, but we wouldn't be here today if we thought like that, so yes, iron will! smile.gif

AND, here's a song to pay tribute to that: biggrin.gif



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post Jul 9 2011, 03:32 AM
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today we had a gig, everything was awesome he had a could public, we start with holiday by green day and everything go smooth then to every me and every you by placebo to relax a bit and then....the downfall start our drummer **** every song, more of the 70% public that was watching us ...left T-T quite mad and discouraged to play again live with people


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post Jul 9 2011, 09:05 AM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 8 2011, 09:13 PM) *
Those are awesome stories guys! Very interesting to read this! smile.gif


Ben mentioned bad gigs. This is certainly something that can smack your moral and motivation, but we wouldn't be here today if we thought like that, so yes, iron will! smile.gif

AND, here's a song to pay tribute to that: biggrin.gif



Yes, I also thought of this song - good choice !! biggrin.gif


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post Jul 9 2011, 10:05 AM
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Last night I had a gig at a motorcycle festival with Voodoo. Usually these events are crawling with people, but this one was a bit smaller and thus not so crowdy. We headlined the evening and thus performed at about 1.00 AM Honestly speaking, I was a little scared about the fact that all those crazy motorheads would be either dead drunk or sleeping in their tents - ad my fears came true, not entirely though. We had a crowd of about a 100 people, or maybe less, but they were so active and crazy that they made us feel good too. The conclusion is that it doesn't matter how many people you perform towards - it's all about the energy that even 4-5 people may transmit.

In a crowd, be it big or small, you have to find those people to whom you instantly click from the very beginning. Use their energy and build on yours so that you may draw more and more people into that state. You'll eventually notice a mass effect, but you have to be aware of what's going on in front of you and act in consequence. This thing comes with experience, so the more gigs you perform, the more you'll be able to understand the crowd and be able to work with them smile.gif

This post is meant to give you hope, so smile mates - the stage is actually a wonderful thing to experience!

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Fran - No internet or computer... no GMC? How you survive!?!?!!!


My older guitarist friends have lived in an era when they had to play audio cassetes and use their fingers on the and itself in order to slow it down so they could listen to their favorite solos and thus be able to learn them note by note smile.gif we are lucky and not in the same time.

We are simply under an information siege these days. Too much and suddenly you don't know where to start and what to do first. Places like GMC offer balance smile.gif this is how I see it.


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post Jul 9 2011, 10:17 AM
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QUOTE (Cosmin Lupu @ Jul 9 2011, 10:05 AM) *
Last night I had a gig at a motorcycle festival with Voodoo.


Now way ! I'm playing a biker festival tonight as well ! laugh.gif

How is that for eerie coincidence ? biggrin.gif


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post Jul 9 2011, 10:19 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 9 2011, 09:17 AM) *
Now way ! I'm playing a biker festival tonight as well ! laugh.gif

How is that for eerie coincidence ? biggrin.gif


We all like biker fests mate!! biggrin.gif well, it's summer so I think they are coming strong! biggrin.gif Big ups tonight! Go wild mate!


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post Jul 9 2011, 11:11 PM
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My last discouragement was fallin down the stairs with my les paul...drama ....i broke the neck .. sad.gif
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QUOTE (Bossie @ Jul 9 2011, 05:11 PM) *
My last discouragement was fallin down the stairs with my les paul...drama ....i broke the neck .. sad.gif


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QUOTE (Azzaboi @ Jul 8 2011, 09:45 PM) *
Fran - No internet or computer... no GMC? How you survive!?!?!!!


Hardly laugh.gif wink.gif


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Generally small crowd at the gig can be very discouraging. Personally that hasn't ever affected me or my performance. My moto is to play exactly same for 1 or 10 000 people. It's just sometimes when I'm hoping much and then it doesn't turn out as it supposed to - can bring you down. But I like to aim high and hopefully I'll get there smile.gif


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QUOTE (Bossie @ Jul 9 2011, 11:11 PM) *
My last discouragement was fallin down the stairs with my les paul...drama ....i broke the neck .. sad.gif


Nooooooooooo ohmy.gif

I take it you managed to get it reparied ? I hope so.


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