im sick of guitar

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im sick of guitar

Post by ab0msnwman » June 15th, 2007, 10:00 pm

I am sick of practicing for hours every day and not improving

i am sick of listening to all this shred crap that has like one memorable melodic line in the whole song

i am sick of practicing the same steve morse song over and over and constantly failing

i am sick of not being able to alternate pick for poop

i give up

i should have just played piano

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Post by falcon1 » June 15th, 2007, 10:24 pm

Did you really have to go post in other threads how much you hate guitar? If you aren't enjoying it, then don't play - no need to come to a forum full of people who enjoy it and whine about not being able to play.

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Post by Ignar Hillström » June 15th, 2007, 11:44 pm

Oh. And this is the moment were we should say:"Please, don't go! We know it's hard but be pateint!". Whatever. Music ain't for everyone.
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Post by Gerry » June 16th, 2007, 1:10 am

Your post really is a condradiction in terms. If you are practicing for several hours a day then you are getting better even if you care not to admit it.

To play any instrument well, especially a guitar; you have to get a buzz just by picking it up. Just touching and holding it puts a smile on your face irrespective of how good you can play it.

If you are saying that the guitar in general is giving you nothing but a pain in the donkey. Then the answer is to try another instrument or forget music and take up something else.

I suspect you are trying too hard and getting frustrated, just leave it alone for a week or two. You may find when you come back to it that the spark has returned. I hope so because its an instrument that will give you so many rewards and so much pleasure. Sure you have to put some hard work into it but that goes for anything that you want to succeed at.

Good luck anyway,

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Post by Alan Green » June 16th, 2007, 1:13 am

Maybe you should go do a few of David Hodge's lessons for beginners here and start building up again.

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Post by pearlthekat » June 16th, 2007, 1:39 am

get a new guitar!!!

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Re: im sick of guitar

Post by NoteBoat » June 16th, 2007, 3:57 am

ab0msnwman wrote:I am sick of practicing for hours every day and not improving
If you're practicing and not improving, you're not doing it right. Start doing it right and you'll see improvement.
i am sick of listening to all this shred crap that has like one memorable melodic line in the whole song
Stop listening to music you don't like/appreciate and start listening to stuff that turns you on.
i am sick of practicing the same steve morse song over and over and constantly failing
Then pick an easier song to work on. Come back to the Morse one from time to time and see if your chops are up to it yet.
i am sick of not being able to alternate pick for poop
Start slow, and develop control. Use a metronome. Take a few lessons.
i give up

i should have just played piano
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Post by coleclark » June 16th, 2007, 4:06 am

buy a good acoutic and throw the electric in the cupboard and out of sight!

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Post by mordeth » June 16th, 2007, 4:21 am

my top two tips in this situation

1. play a different style for a while - learn some jazz or country tunes (i can heartily recommend some rockabilly!)
2. stop playing for a while, dont touch the guitar for a week, chances are by the end of that time you'll be itching to get back to playing

and always remember the most important thing - music is supposed to be fun!
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Post by Bish » June 16th, 2007, 5:27 am

Gee Ab, I don't think anyone anywhere has ever felt like that. That is a unique emotion....gotta be. :wink:

For you, me, and anyone else who ever attempted anything, we've all felt those same emotions. I believe we call them "lows" and better yet, pretty soon you are going to experience something else new. I call it "a high." It's basically what happens after you run the gambit of the low. Could take a day, could take a week, could take a month, could take years. I know, I rode one of those lows for 20 years before I took another hard serious look at guitar.

Now I'm loving it and still have highs and lows but the lows aren't near as low as they used to be. Go try being a drummer for a decade. All of a sudden people start making jokes having something to do with pizza delivery amd you find they are talking about you. :shock: :D

Just my humble experience. Yours may vary by mileage and geography. :D

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Post by OdNt43 » June 16th, 2007, 6:24 am

I think ab was "venting" more than "whining" why not let him do so, since he's caused no harm to any of us here, and one post like that doesn't take away his standing as a forum colleague.
Who here hasn't vented against something, at some time, whether it's golf, or our boss, or our significant other....?
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It's just that the internet permits a wider-reaching, less-personal type of vent....but any vent can also be a request for help.
Good luck, ab...hope some of the encouraging comments here have helped, and that you're experimenting with one or more different approaches to guitar.
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Re: im sick of guitar

Post by Kevin72790 » June 16th, 2007, 6:38 am

I am sick of practicing for hours every day and not improving
You are improving. You just don't know it.
i am sick of listening to all this shred crap that has like one memorable melodic line in the whole song
I'm glad. Now go listen to Jimi Hendrix and let him take you places. Shut your eyes and get in touch with yourself. And I don't even smoke weed or drink, and I get there when I listen to him.
i am sick of practicing the same steve morse song over and over and constantly failing
Maybe you aren't good enough yet? Practice more basics.
i am sick of not being able to alternate pick for poop
You're trying to hard.

Just chill man, just chill. You'll get there.

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Post by Denny » June 16th, 2007, 7:23 am

I don't know how long you've been playing, but we sometimes make the mistake of trying to play songs that we're not ready for. NoteBoat had a very wise comment when he said -"If you're practicing and not improving, you're not doing it right." There are times when we're "noodling" and calling it practice. You might want to set "reasonable" goals for your practice. It's not as much fun in the beginning, but the results are worth it.
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Post by Dan T. » June 16th, 2007, 7:26 am

We have all been in the same spot before. We, (the guitarists on GN), have worked through it, and probably will again. The ones who didn't probably don't play guitar anymore.

I see nothing wrong with you venting... we all need to vent from time to time. Find something that inspires you. Remember what made you pick up the guitar in the 1st place. Walk away from it for awhile & then come back. When you 1st start out, it's easier to see your improvements then it is to see when you are more proficient.

Good luck in whatever you decide. 8)

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Post by Dneck » June 16th, 2007, 7:48 am

The only thing I can say that hasn't already been said, is that I also got kinda frustrated with guitar after I had been playing for years. I learned everything the worst way possible and even though I had attained some skill and most people thought I was awsome I wasn't happy. I switched to mandolin and the physical aspect of playing immidiatly transfered over, the note presentaion is actually easier. After a few months on mandolin I went back to playing guitar and I love them both.

You might try another stringed instrument is what im getting at, they are all very fun, and mostly don't have the tuning differences that guitar does, this will make the visual presentation of the notes much more intuitive.

And its your own fault for listening to shred metal crap. There are great musicians making music today (and who made music 400 years ago). I'll bet you don't listen to either. Go listen to J.S. Bach's Gigue from the Dm Partitia (you will like this even if you hate classical music). And then check out Chris Thile's new CD "How to Grow A Woman from the Ground" If thats not enough to get you excited about melodies and modern music then maybe your note supposed to be a musician.

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