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Old 04-14-2008, 12:07 AM #1
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A question to all musicians.

Do you guys think that becoming good at an instrument (in my case guitar) is a skill that is learned immediately, or a skilled that is learned over time? Do you feel it is possible for an individuals learning and skill to just stop completely forever at one point in their playing carriers (give it they don't stop)? I don't ask this question in reason for any of you to think this true of my self, but I am wondering for my future reference.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:17 AM #2
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You can never stop improving at music. You can however, get to the point where getting better involves more work than you are willing to put in. This is the only limiting factor of your skill.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:26 AM #3
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You can never stop improving at music. You can however, get to the point where getting better involves more work than you are willing to put in. This is the only limiting factor of your skill.
This is why I plan to play forever. I expect at sometimes in my life I will play all day and night, and at other times I won't pick the instrument up for weeks, but I will always end up picking it back up at some point.
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Old 04-14-2008, 12:58 AM #4
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Do you guys think that becoming good at an instrument (in my case guitar) is a skill that is learned immediately, or a skilled that is learned over time? Do you feel it is possible for an individuals learning and skill to just stop completely forever at one point in their playing carriers (give it they don't stop)? I don't ask this question in reason for any of you to think this true of my self, but I am wondering for my future reference.
I don't think instrument carriers will affect your playing; hell, I don't even have a case for my bass.

On a serious note though, do you mean to ask 2 completely opposite questions or is that a mistake?
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im confused by this as well, but ill give it a try.

sure, anyone can just stop playing. sell your **** and find something new. as far as learning, that would vary from person to person. some people can learn with relative ease, although its never immediate, and other people have to work on it.
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Old 04-14-2008, 02:27 AM #6
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You may be in a rut/on a plateau, but it's something you can get out of, your learning isn't just going to stop completely. There's more out there for you to do, learn a new technique, learn some theory, whatever.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:06 PM #7
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Do you guys think that becoming good at an instrument (in my case guitar) is a skill that is learned immediately, or a skilled that is learned over time? Do you feel it is possible for an individuals learning and skill to just stop completely forever at one point in their playing carriers (give it they don't stop)? I don't ask this question in reason for any of you to think this true of my self, but I am wondering for my future reference.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:52 PM #8
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and when you get REALLY good, you can be like john petrucci and control how many people die


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Old 04-14-2008, 05:27 PM #9
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learning how to play is a process that may not even take over an hour of your time. mastering an instrument, however, can take many years and may not be achieved even with a lifetime of practice. as stated above, there comes a point where the only limiting factor is how much effort you are willing to put into practicing. and mastering an instrument may only be a matter of opinion. whether or not somebody has 'mastered' an instrument may be a question of what type of music the person plays, how big their fan base is, etc. for example, if i were to ask who was the better guitarist: dimebad darrel, yngwie malmsteen, or zakk wylde, we could go on for days arguing who was best. but half the posts made would probably be just simple "well hes the best because he pwns that one solo". so learning an instrument is even more than a lifelong process
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:32 PM #10
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Lol, I haven't seen that one. I love those videos so much, whoever makes them is amazing.
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Old 04-14-2008, 05:42 PM #11
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I'm ALWAYS looking for something to improve on. Even if a few people think I'm good, I always think I suck, so I keep practicing and practicing.
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Old 04-14-2008, 06:59 PM #12
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I'm ALWAYS looking for something to improve on. Even if a few people think I'm good, I always think I suck, so I keep practicing and practicing.
I am with on you this. I feel I am horrible, but I really enjoy playing and people tell me I'm good. But anyone can look good playing to someone who doesn't know **** about guitar and music.
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I am with on you this. I feel I am horrible, but I really enjoy playing and people tell me I'm good. But anyone can look good playing to someone who doesn't know **** about guitar and music.
Exactly. I still don't think I could get up infront of a crowd and play to my full ability. I've only played one show, and it was about 40 people and I was playing a simple rhythm.
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:22 PM #14
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Where did you play at and who did you play for? I still haven't played an actual gig unless you count jazz band stuff with school.
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:30 PM #15
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I absolutely love playing guitar. Granted I'm fairly new, and suck reasonably bad. But its a big passion of mine.
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:33 PM #16
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when u play ur first full song there is no better felling..there is no better felling of accomplishment....stick with it...
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I've been playing bass for about a month and already it's surpassed any other hobby I've ever had in fun-level.
Nothing beats playing a song you just learned and hearing it yourself
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Where did you play at and who did you play for? I still haven't played an actual gig unless you count jazz band stuff with school.
The place I take lessons at does these shows every spring and fall. It consists of all the students at the shop playing with some of the teachers who fill in for positions that weren't taken. It's pretty fun actually, and most of the people watching is just parents and random people so It's really not a big deal.

It's not a "gig" lol.
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I'd have to say that song writing is something people are born with. Sure, there's a science for writing pop music, but true, emotional songwriting is something that comes from the heart. Sure, that can only be unleashed depending on your technical ability, but technical ability can be taught/learned by anyone. It's kind of a 50/50 thing, I guess.
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:38 PM #20
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The place I take lessons at does these shows every spring and fall. It consists of all the students at the shop playing with some of the teachers who fill in for positions that weren't taken. It's pretty fun actually, and most of the people watching is just parents and random people so It's really not a big deal.

It's not a "gig" lol.
The place I go to does that too, but I've never done it before, I really should do it some time. The only problem is that I don't have a band at the moment.

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I've been playing bass for about a month and already it's surpassed any other hobby I've ever had in fun-level.
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Have you learned Bombtrack yet? It's RATM's most fun song to play and I know you're a fan of them.
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It was fun because me and a friend had signed up for the same song. I've got another friend who's taking bass lessons so we're going to try and get all 3 of us into one song.
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