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post Nov 11 2007, 07:49 PM
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So most of us here at GMC are more than just hobbyists. NO. Most of us here are devoted musicians. Part of that lifestyle is constant practicing and persistant learning. But sometimes this can be rather difficult, as motivation can sometimes be scarce.

Hence, I think we should have a place where we can share the words and things that keep us motivated, because maybe those words can be fuel for someone else. I truly believe that motivation is the key in achieving success at anything, not just guitar. Art is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.


One concept that always keeps me playing, and gets me to start playing when I dont feel like it, is the idea that somewhere out there is a little girl that is learning how to play guitar. She only knows 3 chords, but she loves the sound of each one of them, and she has already written 6 songs with them. And she cant wait to learn her next chord. That idea of innocence and that appreciation for the things we have, no matter how little, is something that keeps me going. When I feel jaded or I notice that I'm taking my skill/knowledge for granted, I always think back to that idea of the little girl and I try to feel the same sense of wonder and fullfillment that she feels from playing her guitar. Another thing I take from this is that somewhere out there, someone is doing much much more with much much less. Think about that.

Another story that keeps me motivated is one that keith richards tells about their drummer, Charlie Watts:

"at the end of a show, he'll leave the stage, and the sirens will be going, and the limousines waiting, and Charlie will walk back to his drumkit and change the position of his drumsticks by two millimeters. Then he'll look at it. Then if it looks good, he'll leave......The drums are about to be stripped down and put in the back of a truck, and he cannot leave if he's got it in his mind that he's left his sticks in a displeasing way."

that, my friends, is love.

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Well listening to music i love will always keep me motivated. Without the music i listen to i don't think i'd have ever got into guitar because i wouldn't have the dream of wanting to make awesome stuff like i listen to.

The people on here keep me motivated as well. The lessons, the collabs and recordings and just the general talk about guitar makes me feel like i'm a part of something, when i've never been a part of something in my life before. Well i have, i was once in a football team but i sucked, i'm determined not to suck at this one day.

As for pracicing, i have a lot my teacher gives me that i practice. So if i were to practice everything each just for 5 mins i would have had a 2 and a half hour practice. Now if i do that twice there's my 5 hours a day! So if i'm spending just 5 minutes on something i'll never get bored because it changes!
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post Nov 11 2007, 08:23 PM
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Here's one that concerns one of my favourite musicians and albums - the quote is Elvin Jones, the drummer on A Love Supreme :

'On A Love Supreme, actually we had played some of the music in the clubs before we recorded it. By the time we got into the studio, we didn't know exactly what was going to happen but we were very familiar with what we felt we had to do. I think that's why John liked to play the songs for a while, to open them up. The more familiar you get with it, the more interesting places you can go with the song.'
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post Nov 11 2007, 08:29 PM
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Motivation is really great matter of success,fine post,thanks. smile.gif
And comes different from person to person.
Some folks will drop guitar and quit after hearing some great lick or solo.
On the other hand,many will try to figure it out cause they LOVE it.
So it's not being scared but being IN LOVE with it.

Well said,it is love. smile.gif


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QUOTE (muris @ Nov 11 2007, 07:29 PM) *
Some folks will drop guitar and quit after hearing some great lick or solo.
On the other hand,many will try to figure it out cause they LOVE it.


You know what Muris, that is a very interesing point i have been meaning to discuss for a while. Ive noticed alot of players feel De-motivated by watching awsome players. Often mentioning that they feel they will never be able to acheive such skills.

It is very interesting how alot of people feel about themselves as players and i have noted two common styles of thinking.

One style is "Wow , Steve Vai is so awsome, it makes me feel sick when i see him play because i will never be able to play like it" then they might just put down the guitar.

on the other hand, other players might think something along the lines of

"Wow Steve Vai is so awsome, I want to be just like him. I know if i practice hard and study correctly I know i can acehive my goals"

Of course I am just useing Steve as an example as there are many awsome players. But the point I am trying to make is, I think if players feel they have a negative attitude towards themselves this can hamper there progress.

And I think just examining you thought process and adjusting it can have a profound effect on you playing !

Of course I might just be babbleing rubbish, if so please ignore me laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif


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post Nov 12 2007, 08:16 AM
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hmm some interesting points smile.gif

A friend of mine cannot understand why I continue to learn and develop new techniques etc,
he plays guitar pretty well but is "satisfied" with where he is at.

I find it a great buzz when talking to him and he`ll say something like "why on earth do you spend so much time doing that!!??" and then playing with him he`ll say "wow! what on earth WAS that! SHOW ME!" smile.gif


He always asks me "why", the answer is always "coz I love it!" biggrin.gif


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For me it's the insane hard shred stuff that seems impossible to play that keeps me inspired.I love stuff to be hard because if it was all easy i would know it all and wouldnt have anything else to look forward to learning


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post Nov 12 2007, 08:40 AM
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This is a quote from our friend and recently promoted member by the name of tank. This has been on my mind ever since and has help me so much.

Thanks again Tank, you have no clue how much you have helped my playing, just by writing this. It made the facts I already knew, finally sink in.

"The playing plateau (I call it "the glass ceiling") is something that everyone deals with. I had the same speed issue years back. It caused a further problem at an advanced stage which I had to work back through my technique to deal with. I neglected to use a metronome at the correct pace.

Basically, it boils down to this. You are using the metronome to get your fingers in the right place, and your pick down in the right moment, as you correctly stated. However, more fundamentally, (and importantly) you are exercising your hands, building stamina, so that when you get to full pace, you can make your fingers and hand do the work while still relaxed. The best training speed for you is just below your maximum speed. At this pace, you can keep strict time (that bit is the key to it all), and yet you are pushing your physical limit, without stressing or tensing. And at this pace you can do it for extended lengths of time (over 5, 10 minutes at a go). Eventually you get used to the speed over a few days as your hands get stronger and you can push it a bit more. This stamina and the relaxed accuracy that it allows you is the secret to fast playing.

I think there is no harm in setting the metronome to full pelt, and "having a go" at the piece. However, you'll notice that at the end of trying it, your hands will be tense, because you've pushed it beyond the limit. The problem about practicing like this constantly is that while you will eventually over time manage to get the fingers down and the pick on the string on time, you've not developed the strict rhythm, so all your fast phrases are "sloppy". And when this translates to playing with a band, it'll sound off. I found this out the hard way!!

As I say to anyone who starts guitar "get yourself a metronome, you'll hate it with a vengeance, but it will be the best teacher you ever get".

Oh and my experience with the glass ceiling? You'll be banging your head against it for weeks (or sometimes months!), then one day you'll pick up the guitar, and it will all click into place. Suddenly all the work that you've put in, pays off all at once. It's like becoming a 40% better player overnight. But when the ceiling breaks, you'll only gain the amount of work that you've put in, so stick with it, is my advice"



I have broke through a new ceiling just this weekend and are having the time of my life as far as playing goes.

Really it was these words that sold me in tank's advise, hands do the work while still relaxed

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post Nov 12 2007, 08:45 AM
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post Nov 12 2007, 08:54 AM
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"You were at school and you were pimply and no one wanted to know you. You get into a group and you've got thousands of chicks there". - Eric Clapton

laugh.gif Thats gotta be my favorite quote of all time. Well, I don't play just to try to get chicks, I play because it's something I absoluty love to do it.

And also along the lines of what Spiderusalem was saying, one thing that always motivates me is, well sometimes I feel like I'm not as good as I wish I was, and I start to feel like I'll never be able to play like I wish I could. But then I remember that there are ppl out there who would be happy if they could play like me, Even if it's simple little blues licks or whatever. So I realise that I should be thankful for what I have, even if I can't sweep 6 strings, or tap with 8 fingers. smile.gif
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post Nov 12 2007, 09:00 AM
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Slam,you MUST sweep and tap sooner or latter!!!
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A Few simple words written by my hero Steve Harris.

"I know what i want,
And i'll say what i want
And no one can take it away"

That got me through some very tough times in my life.

Also, Manowar have always motivated me, there songs about the "Metal Brotherhood" and how much they show there love for metal....i mean thats how i feel about it, and thats how i feel when im at a metal show, like im part of something bigger, something thats worth having my life devoted for it, like a family. And early in my life thats what i needed, knowing i had a second family that would ALWAYS treat me right, always made me feel good, and Manowar really showed me that. smile.gif

One more thing, the story of Death's "Chuck Schuldiner" really gets me inspired, i mean, even when he was at his Sickest, on the edge of death, he was in the studio, making music, pushing to get that album released, thats love at its finest. And although he died before his time, that story really gets me motivated, and it makes me cry every time.

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BUCKETHEAD... to play 1/10000000000000000th as good as he does... thats most of it... and its FUN you got to love what your doing to really master it...

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QUOTE (leedbreak @ Nov 11 2007, 11:40 PM) *
This is a quote from our friend and recently promoted member by the name of tank. This has been on my mind ever since and has help me so much.

Thanks again Tank, you have no clue how much you have helped my playing, just by writing this. It made the facts I already knew, finally sink in.

"The playing plateau (I call it "the glass ceiling") is something that everyone deals with. I had the same speed issue years back. It caused a further problem at an advanced stage which I had to work back through my technique to deal with. I neglected to use a metronome at the correct pace.

Basically, it boils down to this. You are using the metronome to get your fingers in the right place, and your pick down in the right moment, as you correctly stated. However, more fundamentally, (and importantly) you are exercising your hands, building stamina, so that when you get to full pace, you can make your fingers and hand do the work while still relaxed. The best training speed for you is just below your maximum speed. At this pace, you can keep strict time (that bit is the key to it all), and yet you are pushing your physical limit, without stressing or tensing. And at this pace you can do it for extended lengths of time (over 5, 10 minutes at a go). Eventually you get used to the speed over a few days as your hands get stronger and you can push it a bit more. This stamina and the relaxed accuracy that it allows you is the secret to fast playing.

I think there is no harm in setting the metronome to full pelt, and "having a go" at the piece. However, you'll notice that at the end of trying it, your hands will be tense, because you've pushed it beyond the limit. The problem about practicing like this constantly is that while you will eventually over time manage to get the fingers down and the pick on the string on time, you've not developed the strict rhythm, so all your fast phrases are "sloppy". And when this translates to playing with a band, it'll sound off. I found this out the hard way!!

As I say to anyone who starts guitar "get yourself a metronome, you'll hate it with a vengeance, but it will be the best teacher you ever get".

Oh and my experience with the glass ceiling? You'll be banging your head against it for weeks (or sometimes months!), then one day you'll pick up the guitar, and it will all click into place. Suddenly all the work that you've put in, pays off all at once. It's like becoming a 40% better player overnight. But when the ceiling breaks, you'll only gain the amount of work that you've put in, so stick with it, is my advice"

I have broke through a new ceiling just this weekend and are having the time of my life as far as playing goes.

Really it was these words that sold me in tank's advise, hands do the work while still relaxed


jeeze. thanks for posting that.... that helps like i cant believe....


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Last Friday i was lucky enough to go and see Dream Theater live, they blew me away, i have been in awe ever since...

But the best part of that experience for me, that motivated me immensly, was the fact that my favourite guitar player in the world was a few meters away from me, in real life.

When i watched John Petrucci play a flawless 2hr 40 min set right infront of me it showed me that people can achieve amazing things through practice.

I guess watching all these guitar gods on youtube and on cds made it seem like a half-reality as if they were in some digital world achieving things that i could barely dream of.

So if you have the opportunity to see an amazing guitar player live, or to jam with one, do so- because it made my motivation sky rocket!
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QUOTE (DeepRoots @ Nov 12 2007, 08:16 PM) *
Last Friday i was lucky enough to go and see Dream Theater live, they blew me away, i have been in awe ever since...

But the best part of that experience for me, that motivated me immensly, was the fact that my favourite guitar player in the world was a few meters away from me, in real life.

When i watched John Petrucci play a flawless 2hr 40 min set right infront of me it showed me that people can achieve amazing things through practice.

I guess watching all these guitar gods on youtube and on cds made it seem like a half-reality as if they were in some digital world achieving things that i could barely dream of.

So if you have the opportunity to see an amazing guitar player live, or to jam with one, do so- because it made my motivation sky rocket!


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Thats exactly how i felt when i saw Michael Angelo Batio, i mean, what he said about guitar and practicing made me feel like I Could play a double guitar someday smile.gif
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post Nov 13 2007, 04:26 AM
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QUOTE (The Uncreator @ Nov 12 2007, 07:00 PM) *
Thats exactly how i felt when i saw Michael Angelo Batio, i mean, what he said about guitar and practicing made me feel like I Could play a double guitar someday smile.gif


thats how I felt when I saw Zakk Wylde. He continued a hammer-on pull-off solo while downing a beer. Thus, we should have a lesson on trill-solos while simultaneously downing a beer....


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Give me 5 years and I'll do it. laugh.gif

Slammer, thanks for posting that Eric Clapton quote laugh.gif Inspirational tongue.gif

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QUOTE (Owen @ Nov 12 2007, 07:36 PM) *
Give me 5 years and I'll do it. laugh.gif

Slammer, thanks for posting that Eric Clapton quote laugh.gif Inspirational tongue.gif


truly it is wink.gif


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