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The "I SUCK!" Syndrome

Cary Frick (3578)

Open Guitar Forum · 10/11/2000 10:40 PM
It seems to me, alot of guitarists, myself included, are always talking about how they suck when they are around a player of a higher caliber. I have noticed this alot lately. I just it is unnessasary for someone to think that about their playing. I dont think I am a great player by any means, but I am comfortable with my skill level for the amount of time i have been playing.
To all others who feel they suck, just keep playing and enjoy your ability, because it will get better.

Comicus
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Re: The "I SUCK!" Syndrome

10/11/2000 11:29 PM

Rex Jones (12455) wrote:

Back in my younger days when I was ask if I played the guitar I would say "Yes"
Are you good? "Yes"
And then some guy that looked like he couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time would blow my doors off musicly!
Your right Cary, everyone progresses at a different rate, and to some people your a great player and to others you suck.
The cool thing to me, is to be as humbles when your the best player there, as you are humble when your not!
This is not boxing, or football where you must dominate to win.
Music is shaired, put two musitions in a room and they will come out with a song,
put two doctors in a room and they will argue about the best way to do an operation.
Develop your talents and enjoy what God gave you,we are all unique.
Playing music is a gift, shairing that experience with others is our duty!
Enough of my ramblings, but nobody sucks whos trying to learn IMHO!
Rex the humble after being humbled many times!



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Re: The "I SUCK!" Syndrome

10/11/2000 11:38 PM

Cary Frick (3578) wrote:

My point exactly Rex. I have yet to meet a guitarist who would openly say, "YOU SUCK". They have always been very supportive and given me good advice on how to improve. They have never put me down, or dogged me, the just try to boost my confidence.

Comicus

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10/12/2000 12:04 AM

Christopher Sung (9641) wrote:

Yes, by all means, you should try to focus on the positive things in someone's playing. It's hard enough as it is to have confidence in one's playing.

Just for reference, in high school, we never used terms like "suck" or "great". There were basically 4 categories for how "good" you were:

1) You knew how to play Randy Rhoads solo in Mr Crowley
2) You knew how to play Eruption
3) You knew how to play both (this was the top level)
4) You couldn't play either

...and that was it...

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10/12/2000 12:39 AM

Larry Raymond (1468) wrote:

All right Comicus, now your airing my dirty laundry for everyone to read??

"I" usually say "I SUCK" because I'm fishing for that "No you don't" or "No way dude, you rule" comeback. lol! By reading some of these posts I wonder if the more experienced players REALLY remember what is was like to be a beginner and how frustrating it was. Pain has a short memory. It seems that there are a lot more reminders of your limitations when you're a beginner. I think it's a natural reaction to what happens when you realize your not as good as you "thought" you were.

Larry (amateur Psychiatrist)



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10/12/2000 2:49 AM

Cary Frick (3578) wrote:

Actually Larry, I didnt use you as my basis for that statement. I have noticed alot of people saying it. Hell, I said it for three years! Now I realize that I dont suck, I'm just not as good as someone else. I dont care. All I have to do is keep playing and improving.

Comicus



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Re: The "I SUCK!" Syndrome

10/12/2000 3:27 AM

Larry Raymond (1468) wrote:

Liar, liar, panties on fire!

Sure, I believe ya! No, really I do.

Larry (I'm gonna have to think of a clever name. I just can't compete with Comicus!)



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Re: The "I SUCK!" Syndrome

10/12/2000 3:56 AM

Cary Frick (3578) wrote:

How about Larrsiphous? NAH!

Comicus



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I tell you what...

10/12/2000 8:46 AM

John Puglisi (461) wrote:

Playing with or seeing fellas that whoop your butt on guitar is the best thing that can happen to you. It has always made me step it up. You know, without even knowing it, I'd often get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing over and over. I thought i was great, because I was the best in the 'click' of players that I played with. It took the kid that schell mentioned in the other post to wake me up. He came over one day, and smoked me in front of everyone. All of a sudden, I wasn't the best anymore. I had forgotten the potential that a guitar player can have, and it was a wake up call. It got me out of the rut, and made me take playing more seriously.

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10/12/2000 1:00 PM

Gordon Meyer (6) wrote:

Actually, i have been playing for 3 years now, and it's pretty much a well known fact that i do really suck.



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Re: The "I SUCK!" Syndrome

10/12/2000 4:34 PM

Rich Barton (3923) wrote:

i say i suck but its not because i can't play its probably because i can't play as good as i want to play



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Re: The "I SUCK!" Syndrome

10/15/2000 2:34 PM

ROB BROWN (174) wrote:

I'm right there with you on that one dude!!!
Rob

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