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Gabriel Leopardi
post Apr 5 2014, 07:00 PM
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In my case I just get motivation when I listen to a guitarist who plays better than me. It inspires me to pick up my guitar and practice for several hours. This happened since the first day I started playing the guitar and thanks to that I always noticed that my guitar playing improved. With the pass of time I started to feel that the music that you do is much more important than the tricky is what you play, so I focused more to composition, and started to lack interest in playing known pieces just to show how good you play.

In other ways, there are lots of amazing guitar players playing covers by Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert... but we should ask ourselves why we are talking abut Steve, Yngwie and not about the million of players that can play their songs, in some cases even better than the originals... tongue.gif


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post Apr 7 2014, 09:20 AM
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Sometimes I wish it was still like this. Sometimes I feel like I'm "soldered" to the computer. Everything I do including jobs, recordings and practice is on PC. It's not even possible to escape sometimes...Usually some of better jobs are....in front of PC (like graphic designer or internet shop service) also...when You want to relax You record Your stuff...also on PC....and then....watching movies to relax (while prcticing unplugged electric guitar)...also PC/TV...

that scares me sometimes.


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post Apr 14 2014, 12:08 AM
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QUOTE (Caelumamittendum @ Apr 4 2014, 12:07 PM) *
Of course some have natural talent, but I'd wager to say that if you're naturally talented it's also easier to put time into the instrument. I remember that from playing football, which I always felt was my natural talent (before I got badly injured). I had no problem playing football 4 hours a day.



Forgot about this thread. Yes, I agree 100%. I'm a prime example of someone that needs quick payoff in order to feel like a path is worth continuing on - if i receive that payoff, I can become obsessed. That's probably a flaw, but at the same time it can be utilized to find the things you are good at more efficiently and utilize those skills to make you become who you are.

Guitar has never come easy to me, but I love it, and that is why i never give it up, but I never put in 4 hours a day either. I just hoped that 30 minutes to an hour a day would pay off after 30 years - but it has not. I don't want to be a shredder, but I want to be able to shred. Maybe in 30 more years.

I need to practice these lessons more often - I get so sidetracked by a song idea or my dog pissing in the floor that practicing patterns religiously has never been part of my guitar routine - so I guess I am lucky to be where I'm at with what I put into it. Still, i wish I had been born with the natural talent that little girl has for guitar.

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post Apr 14 2014, 04:03 AM
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Well said. It seems the bulk of young players that I see on youtube are obsessed with playing music that other people wrote. While that will get more yotube views typically than original tunes (except of course for the hybrid stuff x meets y as Ben does!) I do hope younger players start trying to find their own voice instead of trying to do Djent versions of Katy perry tunes, or vanity covers of Keith Merrow songs.


QUOTE (Darius Wave @ Apr 5 2014, 05:42 AM) *
There is no need to be jelous smile.gif Of course it's worth respect and appreciation but let finally say it.

Our practice will take as no further than we need smile.gif I mean If You are not able to make yourself practice as much as necessary to reach that level...You probably just don't need it that much smile.gif As said by Ben..we all know how much time taking is practice even very talented people need to practice smile.gif The difference is...they take the time to reach the level because they a posessed with a need of getting things done.

Most players think like " Man...I would like to play like that" but seems like there is no self-motivation so big that would lead them there smile.gif
For me it's even with "I don't need to have that huge skills"...it's something natural smile.gif We admire others but somewhere inside we're sure we won't give same amount of work to reach that point smile.gif

It's nothing bad though smile.gif


Personally I see one big problem. From the countless number of skilled Young players....how many compose their own stuff?

Who ever tried to write instrumental song, knows how hard it is...much easier to say "I can play like this" but the question is "Would I be able to write something like this".

In a present times I'm afraid about Young people because they're going in the bad direction sad.gif



Probably because they are "just covers". Sure, they can be very spiff in their own way smile.gif But it would be so much more refreshing to see younger players searching for their own voice instead of simply digging up "cover songs". It almost turns youtube in to a kind of "Guitar Karaoke". Sure, some are very entertaining, and some are really original, but it's still a lot of folks doing "covers" instead of writing their own music.


QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Apr 5 2014, 02:00 PM) *
In my case I just get motivation when I listen to a guitarist who plays better than me. It inspires me to pick up my guitar and practice for several hours. This happened since the first day I started playing the guitar and thanks to that I always noticed that my guitar playing improved. With the pass of time I started to feel that the music that you do is much more important than the tricky is what you play, so I focused more to composition, and started to lack interest in playing known pieces just to show how good you play.

In other ways, there are lots of amazing guitar players playing covers by Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert... but we should ask ourselves why we are talking abut Steve, Yngwie and not about the million of players that can play their songs, in some cases even better than the originals... tongue.gif



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not to rub salt in our wounds (maybe)
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