Poll: Become or Guitar god or work your way up?
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View poll results: Become or Guitar god or work your way up?
Become Guitar God
26 51%
Work for it
25 49%
Voters: 51.
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#1
Let's say you were given the choice of becoming a guitar and god and play anything you want. Your musical knowledge would be limited though.

Or would you refuse the offer and continue working hard to get good at guitar? Like everyone else.
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#2
I think there is some satisfying about having to work hard for something. Otherwise it almost becomes meaningless.
#4
how would our musical knowledge be limited?
youre saying wed basically just have amazing technique but wed be where we are now everywhere else in our musicinship...cause id much rather have a great ear and be god at composin than have great techniue

also my technique is quite good and getting there


...i guess work my way up is wher eim leanin'
#6
you cant be a guitar god and have poor knowledge of the guitar. the two go hand in hand for the most part.

...apart from hendrix. that guy was a freak.
#9
Hard work. Everyone has to put their time in.
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#10
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you cant be a guitar god and have poor knowledge of the guitar. the two go hand in hand for the most part.


philosophical question man..

and work my way up and earn it, no other way

EDIT: we're all sayin work for it, but honestly if some guy walks up to you tomorrow and says he can make you the greatest guitar player in the world, but you'll lose all theory, how many of you would really say no
Last edited by Acou97 at Dec 20, 2012,
#11
yeah, that is a great quote, JRF

guitar is like life, you get out of it what you put into it. you go guitar god, i go work for it. you might be better than me for a few years but if i don't get complacent, once i surpass you i'll be better than you until our deaths.

unless of course you work on your musical knowledge, but you're going to spend most of your time getting so frustrated with concepts you'd be able to execute with ease but have difficulty comprehending.

there are many more reasons to put the work into it, but i think that speaks for itself if you understand what i'm talking about.
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#13
I would definitely become a guitar god. To me, that would be infinitely more satisfying than having to work up to a level that I may never get to.
#14
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I would definitely become a guitar god. To me, that would be infinitely more satisfying than having to work up to a level that I may never get to.


You have clearly never worked for anything in your life.

Them feels when you earn something after hard work > Them feels when you're given something without any work put in
#16
Hard work, way more gratifying. I'd become bored with music if I didn't have to work to become better at it.

Appears the ones that prefer the "guitar god" route are only doing so for the fame and attention they would receive as a results which can only mean one thing: they'll never ever be good enough to achieve such success. There are not shortcuts.
#18
A mixture. I would like to get instantly good enough to stand my own playing, and then work from there.
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#19
guitar god now! just join a band where you're not a writer and dont let them tell others that until after you're dead. win / freakin win
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I think there is some satisfying about having to work hard for something. Otherwise it almost becomes meaningless.

This.
#21
lol "guitar god" what are we 14
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#22
I will make that decision when I get to the Crossroads.
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#24
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Hard work, way more gratifying. I'd become bored with music if I didn't have to work to become better at it.

Appears the ones that prefer the "guitar god" route are only doing so for the fame and attention they would receive as a results which can only mean one thing: they'll never ever be good enough to achieve such success. There are not shortcuts.


It's a hypothetical situation. I'd pick the money cuz I come from a broke-ass family. Sure I love playing guitar and want to be god at it, but not as much as I'd like to not have to worry about money ever again. Get off your high horse.
#26
Guitar god. There are plenty other things to work my way up to, and it would be nice to have a solid career in music lined up for me in an instant.
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#27
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You have clearly never worked for anything in your life.

Them feels when you earn something after hard work > Them feels when you're given something without any work put in


Oh, I know what earning something feels like. I have worked for things and achieved goals in the past. It is a good feeling, but to be honest, if I'm given the choice, I would prefer to be automatically great at guitar. I'm not bad now, but I could be better. To achieve that without effort would be ideal. Obviously, this is impossible. Let me ask you this: would you be unhappy if you won the lottery? I would certainly prefer that over never earning that much money throughout the course of my life. People are different.
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#28
Is the question giving us the choice to be a guitar god who doesn't know how to play a song?
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#29
If we're talking technical skills, nah. I can always work on my chops if I need to. However, having an incredible musical mind (i.e. impeccable ear, super creative), it would be tempting.

Imagine doing interviews. When asked how you honed your skills, you just respond with "eh, some dude just gave me all my skills."

And if you are thinking in terms of money, you're mistaking yourself. No one got to the top just by being good at their instrument. You only get there by devoting your life to networking. Being good at your instrument just makes it possible. Now, if you already have all the connections, then the guitar skills could be what sets you over the edge...
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#30
How could you be a guitar god but have limited musical knowledge? If you truly a GOD, then you would know everything about it. Maybe Im just not understanding it right.
#31
When they sort out synaptic programing they'll be able to program muscle memory, so you could play really hard licks fast as hell right away, won't make you a good guitarist though.
#32
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Oh, I know what earning something feels like. I have worked for things and achieved goals in the past. It is a good feeling, but to be honest, if I'm given the choice, I would prefer to be automatically great at guitar. I'm not bad now, but I could be better. To achieve that without effort would be ideal. Obviously, this is impossible. Let me ask you this: would you be unhappy if you won the lottery? I would certainly prefer that over never earning that much money throughout the course of my life. People are different.


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#33
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FACT: Many lives have been screwed because of winning in lotteries especially where the prizes at stake are huge. Simply because those people we're not prepared to handle such amount.


I've heard of this before- it's basically being a fake rich guy. What happens lots of times is that you drop away from the people in your old income bracket while the people in your current bracket don't respect you because you didn't work for your money/don't understand how to be rich.

This creates a social mess.

That said, hard work definitely. I think there's too much hype around becoming some kind of rockstar or whatever. Just do the best you can and you'll eventually be ahead of these 'rockstars' even if you aren't famous.

Famous people are just as stupid as everyone else- just check some of the news on UG.
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#36
I would really want to be able to play instantly what I hear in my head. Some people can do that so are you saying that Steve Vai is bored? Playing the guitar is not about learning the technique for the sake of learning the technique. It's about playing music and with the technique you can play all the music you want.

If I became a guitar god, I would use my skills to write the music I enjoy. You can play in a band and have fun without learning any technique.

So if I had the opportunity to get great skills without any training, I think I would take them. I want to be able to play the music I like. And compose the music I want. I don't really enjoy playing technical exercises, I like playing songs.

Though the musical knowledge part is pretty random. As people have said, you can't be a guitar god without knowing what you are doing. I want to write and play music, not just shred at 999bpm. All the good guitarists know what they want to hear and know how to play it.
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Last edited by MaggaraMarine at Dec 21, 2012,
#37
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Some people can do that so are you saying that Steve Vai is bored?


i sure hope so, i know i am when i listen to him.

how do you go from playing with frank zappa to weedly-ing with a fan mounted to your pedalboard so you can look like a rock god? it's a real shame
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#38
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i sure hope so, i know i am when i listen to him.

how do you go from playing with frank zappa to weedly-ing with a fan mounted to your pedalboard so you can look like a rock god? it's a real shame

This doesn't have anything related to what I said. If you don't like Steve Vai, shut up. It was just an example. And Steve Vai is a guitarist that can do almost anything he wants with his guitar. Replace Steve Vai with whatever good guitarist, it doesn't really matter. It wasn't the main point of what I said. My point was that if you instantly know how to get all the sounds you hear in your head and play them on guitar, you wouldn't be bored at all. I think it would be cool to be able to do that, and the best guitarists can do that. Steve Vai was just an example of a good guitarist. And I know you were just bitching and really knew what I meant.
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Bach Stradivarius 37G
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Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
#39
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And I know you were just bitching and really knew what I meant.


then why'd you reply if you knew i was trolling lol this forum is easy
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#40
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then why'd you reply if you knew i was trolling lol this forum is easy


Lol nothing like a good troll is there?
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