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Old 04-16-2013, 04:06 PM   #1
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Am I a poor guitarist?

Hey. Don't worry, I'm not whining, I'm fairly content with how much I've progressed guitar-wise, but I'm just curious...

Whenever I'm looking at forums about 'the hardest solo you know' and stuff, I always see people saying they've learned Jimi Hendrix songs after like 6-8 months... I've been playing seriously for say, 2 years, and I still have difficulty learning some apparently easy stuff.. for example, I tried learning the Fade to Black intro earlier, I spent a good 2 hours at it and still am only at about 80% of Metallica's speed. Am I just expecting to learn things too quickly or am I really that behind you other guitarists? Also, I'm quite a perfectionist, I won't claim I know something until I have 100% right and am comfortable playing it, could that be another reason why I feel like I'm not as good as other players?

Please, don't tell me I shouldn't compare myself to others, I know this may be true, but that doesn't really answer my question..

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Old 04-16-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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Don't compare yourself to others, it's pointless.

What other people can or can't do has absolutely no bearing on what you yourself can or can't do...different people learn different things in different ways at different speeds, and also have different criteria as to what constitutes "being able to do something" - so worrying about how you compare to others is a meaningless exercise that also isn't going help you improve in any way.

All that matters is that you are able to identify your own flaws and gaps in your playing and are willing to put in the work to rectify those problems.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:16 PM   #3
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Yeah Dont compare yourself to others man. Each person is gonna be different, and it all has to do how you tackle playing guitar and how much time you put into it.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:21 PM   #4
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Same as others have said, but I've known loads of guitarists who say they can play something- but can't (only very poorly).
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:22 PM   #5
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Also realize people tend to be a little less than honest on the internet.

How long you have been playing doesn't mean much, I've been playing for what seem like forever (18+ years) and there are guys better than me who have not played half as long. It's comes down to how much you actually practice. Some people sit in their rooms and do nothing but play guitar. Others play an hour a day or a couple hours a week. The thing is, how good you are is a result of how much time you dedicate to it. If you feel you are not as good as you should be, the only option is to play more and get better.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:36 PM   #6
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Well when it comes to playing that particular intro solo if you're having a hard time nailing that after 2 years maybe you are a little slow. I remember getting that down a few months into playing. When I started learning to play I played sooo much though.

With that in mind, maybe you're a better rhythm player though or maybe you're stronger in different areas or maybe you don't practice enough.

I think the important thing is to not care about it.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #7
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Guitar playing is purely for your own enjoyment, but as every old bugger's ever said, practice makes perfect. You still don't have to compare yourself to other guitarists.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:49 PM   #8
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I suppose you're right, I don't practice much really with school exams etc., I'll be joining a band in a few weeks and with Summer coming up I'll have loads of time to practice.

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Old 04-16-2013, 05:49 PM   #9
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I wouldn't worry about it man, ive heard people that play guitar say stuff like.psh. master of puppets? that's song is reatrdo easy. then you watch them play it and it turns out to be like watching a baby masturbate. its not right, and it makes you reallllly uncomfortable
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:51 PM   #10
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I wouldn't worry about it man, ive heard people that play guitar say stuff like.psh. master of puppets? that's song is reatrdo easy. then you watch them play it and it turns out to be like watching a baby masturbate. its not right, and it makes you reallllly uncomfortable


Yeah, I've also realised that some guitarists tend to be a bunch of arrogant pricks, they can't play half of what they say they can and are still adamant that they're great../
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:52 PM   #11
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I wouldn't worry about it man, ive heard people that play guitar say stuff like.psh. master of puppets? that's song is reatrdo easy. then you watch them play it and it turns out to be like watching a baby masturbate. its not right, and it makes you reallllly uncomfortable


People who have ego's and THINK they are great usually aren't as good as they tell you they are.
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Old 04-16-2013, 05:56 PM   #12
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I would say most people on here lie about their skills at least slightly, because they can. Do your own thing and do not compare yourself to others. Always go slow when learning a song and gradually increase the speed as your muscle memory of the song increases. Good luck.

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Old 04-16-2013, 05:58 PM   #13
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Actually, another thing, how long does it take you to learn (on average) a reasonably difficult song? I just want to know if I rush myself..
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:00 PM   #14
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Dont judge yourself with how quickly your learning someone else's piece, be happy that your trying and whilst learning, adding to your own skills to aid your own compositions.
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I would say most people on here lie about their skills at least slightly, because they can. Do your own thing and do not compare yourself to others. Always go slow when learning a song a gradually increase the speed as your muscle memory of the song increases. Good luck.


Which is why I tend to value certain member's advice more than others, specifically the ones who post videos and I know how good they are.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:08 PM   #16
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I knew a kid who could play the Crazy Train solo at 14. You know what though? He can't play or write anything else worth crap.

People probably practice the same thing over and over and over and never balance themselves out. Don't compare yourself to everyone else and progress how you feel comfortable. Then you will be able to happier with yourself.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:09 PM   #17
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If reasonably difficult means something that's just out of your reach, a week to a month should do depending on the intricacies. But again, as said sooooo many times, that's my pacing, not yours.

By the way, I thought I'd just add that learning Fade to Black made me progress the fastest so far. It really cleaned up my playing from messy as hell to slightly messy, though if you're a perfectionist you probably won't see as much as leap in your technique.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:09 PM   #18
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the crazy train thing ..that's so true these days.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:11 PM   #19
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I usually try to learn stuff in a day.. there's the problem
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:18 PM   #20
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I usually try to learn stuff in a day.. there's the problem


You might learn it, but playing it good is another story.
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