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post Sep 2 2007, 06:13 AM
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My lifes dream is to be a pro guitarist, but lately everyone is telling me "you cant do it", "you started too late"(im 17 and just got rid of my bad practicing habits.) and "you cant make any money that way, youll never make it". i feel depressed and overwhelmed, What should i do? sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif

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post Sep 2 2007, 06:29 AM
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you could take their bad comments which a guitar player should never be told and practice, practice, practice. and show them. and then rub it in their faces when ur famous and rich biggrin.gif
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post Sep 2 2007, 06:30 AM
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Of course you can be a proffesional guitarist. Ignore those who say you cant. I'm 18, and I didnt start to REALLY practice before I joined GMC. I'm still gonna be a god damn proffesional guitarist some day, I'm gonna get a record deal, if its with my band or solo stuff, but god damnit I'm gonna make it!!! You can too, of course. Just practice, listen to music and have fun while doing it. And of course, you will probably not earn that much money, atleast not in the start. But it cant be that hard to have a job while practicing your ass off smile.gif

Oh btw, do you know who Steve Harris is? The bass player in Iron Maiden. He is in my opinion the best bass player in the world, many others say that too. Do you know when he started playing? He started at 17 smile.gif
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post Sep 2 2007, 06:58 AM
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I wish there was an automatic smite button for every jerk off in the world who see it fit to crush others dreams. I absolutely abhor and hate jealous losers. The world would be so much better place if people like that did not exist (and yes, I'm talking about my parents. Buts a whole other conversation). Dude, eighteen is a perfect age to start playing. You have you your whole life ahead of you. Use their cruelty as a motivation, and practice your ass off. And when your rich and famous, show it right up their collective asses.

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post Sep 2 2007, 07:06 AM
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QUOTE (Guitarman700 @ Sep 1 2007, 05:13 PM) *
My lifes dream is to be a pro guitarist, but lately everyone is telling me "you cant do it", "you started too late"(im 17 and just got rid of my bad practicing habits.) and "you cant make any money that way, youll never make it". i feel depressed and overwhelmed, What should i do? sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif


Hey man, there are professional guitarists who have never gotten rid of their bad practicing habits. You're ahead of the game, though you might not think so. There are success stories all over this site, Ezra is one, I think he said he's been playing for 1 year and he's already approaching shred skill level. He might practice insane hours, but don't let ANYONE tell you you can't do it.


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post Sep 2 2007, 07:14 AM
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QUOTE (JVM @ Sep 1 2007, 10:06 PM) *
Hey man, there are professional guitarists who have never gotten rid of their bad practicing habits. You're ahead of the game, though you might not think so. There are success stories all over this site, Ezra is one, I think he said he's been playing for 1 year and he's already approaching shred skill level. He might practice insane hours, but don't let ANYONE tell you you can't do it.



The minute you start feeding into what their telling you, thats when they win. You know what to do Guitarman700. Get practicing


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post Sep 2 2007, 07:19 AM
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QUOTE (Guitarman700 @ Sep 2 2007, 07:13 AM) *
My lifes dream is to be a pro guitarist, but lately everyone is telling me "you cant do it", "you started too late"(im 17 and just got rid of my bad practicing habits.) and "you cant make any money that way, youll never make it". i feel depressed and overwhelmed, What should i do? sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif


Hey m8!

Rusty Cooley started at 15. Michael Romeo started at 14 with acoustic guitar and Francesco Farreri (Italian kick ass shredder is now around 27) started around 17. Do i have to tell you anything else?? smile.gif smile.gif

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post Sep 2 2007, 08:32 AM
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Glenn Tipton in Judas Priest started playing when he was 21, and recorded his first album with Priest when he was 27, and he's a great guitarist.
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post Sep 2 2007, 08:57 AM
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Dear lord, then I'm screwed. I just started and I turn 21 in about 6 months blink.gif

But I don't really care, you know why? Because it shouldn't necessarily be about being the most badass guitar player and having big ass record deals.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't practice and try to get better at everything you do but you should have a love for the music too.

The reason's I practice is so that I can gain the ability to create my own songs and have the skills to play them to their fullest. The better I get, the better my songs become. Jammin' out with my friends is my other motivation.

Hell, half the reason I started playing was because I listened to my favorite bands and thought, "how awesome would it be if I could move people the same way they moved me?" (The other half was my friends pestering me to by an electric guitar).

Sounds sappy as hell but its the truth.

I'll just be happy when I get good enough to come home and sit down and lay out some badass licks to make me feel better.


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post Sep 2 2007, 09:24 AM
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QUOTE (Guitarman700 @ Sep 2 2007, 01:13 AM) *
My lifes dream is to be a pro guitarist, but lately everyone is telling me "you cant do it", "you started too late"(im 17 and just got rid of my bad practicing habits.) and "you cant make any money that way, youll never make it". i feel depressed and overwhelmed, What should i do? sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif


Practice...

I'm 27 years old. I've been performing for about 13+ years off and on in local stuff here and there. All I ever knew was basic rhythm guitar. Everyone told me to just stick with rhythm because I couldn't play lead. I just joined GMC within the last few months and have been working at learning solo guitar. Granted I can play a mean rhythm after having focused on it solely for all those years but now I'm intent to learn solo as well.

What you need to focus on is whether you're going to let an old fart like me show you up? tongue.gif

Next time someone tells you you're starting too late just punch them in the eye. Works with naysayers and EMO's alike.

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post Sep 2 2007, 09:39 AM
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QUOTE (Eat-Sleep-andJam @ Sep 2 2007, 12:14 AM) *
The minute you start feeding into what their telling you, thats when they win. You know what to do Guitarman700. Get practicing


Very true. You know what to do. i believe that bad comments from people are a must in a guitarist's life, what you gotta do with them, is turn them into higher goals that you want to, and will accomplish.


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post Sep 2 2007, 09:47 AM
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"If People Say You Can't Do It, That Means You Can"

A close friend of mine used to say that, and i think its true, everytime someone said she couldnt do something, she always said that phrase and ended up proving them wrong, You can do whatever the hell you want.

When it comes to your dreams, it only matters if you belive you can do it, nothing else matters, you have to belive you can accomplish it.
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post Sep 2 2007, 11:06 AM
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mate watch the movie the secret it will change your views what you think about you create oh and by the way the people that crush your dreams what have they acomplished its easy to have the tallest building in town when you knock over every body elses
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post Sep 2 2007, 11:21 AM
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Play the guitar for the right reasons and you will reach your goals.
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post Sep 2 2007, 11:28 AM
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You are far from being too old, don't listen to that crazy stuff. You are never to old to start playing, and never too old to "make it". You need to keep a couple of things in mind. Your idea of being a success, and another persons, is a very broad range. Some consider themselves as "making it", and only playing in a bar band setting one night a month. Is that "making it"?...Yes, it sure is. You don't have to sell a million copies of a cd to consider yourself a pro guitarist. Anytime you get any amount of $$$ paid to you for doing anything, you can consider yourself a professional. On the 7.th of this month, I will be 39 years old. I have only played for two years now. I know that I will never play 100,000 in stadiums around the world, and I'm ok with that. In another year, I should be ready to play on a local bar band...thats all I am shoting for, and I'm ok with that too. In my view, I will have accomplished what I set out to do...so, yes, I am a success.
Keep playing. Play for what is in your heart. If, and when you become a "success", it will then be for the right reasons. If you play to only seek $$$/fame...you won't last long.
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post Sep 2 2007, 11:29 AM
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Guitarman, Im in my 40's. I have played guitar since i was 14, and while being in mulitple bands, we never went anywhere, so I figured it wasnt meant to be and I quit playing. I hate myself now for giving up the career that I wanted when I was your age. While my reason for joining this site now was to accomplish something for myself, I want to tell you that no matter what someone says to you, dont let go of your dream. In the long run, dreams dont cost anything, but listening to bad advice will. Dont be in your 40's hating yourself for not following your dream.


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post Sep 2 2007, 11:31 AM
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QUOTE (Travelin' Man @ Sep 2 2007, 04:29 AM) *
Guitarman, Im in my 40's. I have played guitar since i was 14, and while being in mulitple bands, we never went anywhere, so I figured it wasnt meant to be and I quit playing. I hate myself now for giving up the career that I wanted when I was your age. While my reason for joining this site now was to accomplish something for myself, I want to tell you that no matter what someone says to you, dont let go of your dream. In the long run, dreams dont cost anything, but listening to bad advice will. Dont be in your 40's hating yourself for not following your dream.

That is some advice, we can all use.
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QUOTE (Guitarman700 @ Sep 2 2007, 01:13 AM) *
My lifes dream is to be a pro guitarist, but lately everyone is telling me "you cant do it", "you started too late"(im 17 and just got rid of my bad practicing habits.) and "you cant make any money that way, youll never make it". i feel depressed and overwhelmed, What should i do? sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif



Dude what guitarist out there hasnt heard you cant make it?It is a game where the odds are against you but the ones that dont execpt that are the ones that made it.So your 17 and it's over?How can it be over when your not even old enough to drink beer yet?? laugh.gif Honestly though do you realize how young you are?Even if you just started playing guitar today you still could make it.I'm not trying to be smart or funny but think about it.Did you read Travelin man's post?Thats when it get's tough when you have lived half your life already and havent got there yet.

I have been bummed latly because i can tell i have lost some skill in alot of my other playing due to trying to always just play lead.But you know what?Thats my own fault and if i want to change it then i can with hard work,so really its up to me what i can play and how far i make it,not what someone else tells me.

I will say this.Try to add a Wife, 2kids to your problem and then think how hard it is to make it.Happy to have my family but i gave up my dream for myself being a rockstar when i picked a girl.I didnt say that to myself but that's actually how it goes because do you want to be there with your family or on the road away always.You want to make sure you become a pro guitarist?Dont settle for anything but sucess,dont let a girl in your life because your music should be all the woman you need and hold off on other responsablity.Thats what you have to give up to ensure you have a easier time making it.

Best of luck to you and i really hope you do become the pro guitarist you want to be.It's really all up to you though. smile.gif


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post Sep 2 2007, 01:32 PM
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QUOTE (symon @ Sep 2 2007, 06:06 AM) *
mate watch the movie the secret it will change your views what you think about you create oh and by the way the people that crush your dreams what have they acomplished its easy to have the tallest building in town when you knock over every body elses
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laugh.gif No offense, but don't watch "The Secret". It is well packaged very nice looking mysticism with a focus on selfishness. "Positive Thinking" is nothing new it just receives new faces every decade or so. I laughed the whole time I watched that movie at how ridiculous it is. (If you want to discuss more my views of the movie please PM me, I'd rather keep it out of GMC since it could eventually pour over into religion).

Practice, practice, practice. Make mental note of your capabilities and skill level. Play to your abilities with confidence. Rinse and repeat.

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post Sep 2 2007, 04:33 PM
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I wish there was an automatic smite button for every jerk off in the world who see it fit to crush others dreams.



The best thing to do is ignore them, work at your technique as best you can, and when the time comes and you're famous, playing lead (or whatever you prefer to play) in a rock band, when they come up to you, asking for forgiveness, either bash 'em in the head with your guitar, or ignore them entirely.

Anyone here has the ability to become famous and amazing if they work hard towards it. A good example here is Kristofer. I don't know if he was told he couldn't make it, but at one point he was nothing more than a newbie like the rest of us. Now look at him, through hard work he owns GMC, has been in many bands, and is an amazing guitarist. One day you'll be amazing, ignore anyone who puts you down.

Another suggestion that came to me, if someone tells you you can't do something on the guitar, whether it be extremely hard or you're having an off day, hand them the guitar, give them the pick, and tell them to play something. That'll show them.

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