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  1. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    ...is to have what you need to do what you want to do.

    Equipment, technique, theory are all just means to an end. The only question that needs to be asked and answered is:

    Do I have what I need to do what I want to do??

    That's it. I was thinking about another guitar project but then thought to myself "I have enough guitars to do what I want to do" and therefore decided on a recording project. I practice regularly and without bragging, I pretty much have the chops to play what I want to play. There are areas that I will continue to pursue just because I find them interesting, but most, I can play what I want to play. Theory? Well, I understand some of that, imperfectly, and I am working to gain more because there may be things I want to do that would require more of me. Again though, for me the theory is a means to an end.

    At this point, I really don't have any motivation for much of any musical endeavor other than to be able to do what I want to do musically.

    Discuss.
     
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  2. ajb1965

    ajb1965 Old Enough to Know Better Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The problem for me is "what I want to do" often changes, which then incurs more cost, more gear, more software, more time lol. Music is a never ending wonderful journey :p
     
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    Yeah, that's entirely relatable and a lot of players are that way. That's how I ended up with as much stuff as I have.
     
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    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Eh, this is all just a hobby for me so I'm more "Am I still having fun with the stuff I currently have?"
     
  5. 3bolt79

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    I have an MIA strat, and two Squiers, and three amps. I am satisfied with the gear that I have, although gas can strike at any time.
     
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    The only word I take issue with in your statement is "just." I am over 20 years in telecom and my hobby is not "just" a hobby. :D Pretty sure yours is not either.
     
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    CigBurn Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    For me, learning new things often changes the things I think I want to know and do.

    Gear wise I'm mostly content, though I have a couple things I'd still like to pick up when the right timing/deal shows up.
     
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    ajb1965 Old Enough to Know Better Strat-Talk Supporter

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    So is Telecom your hobby or music lol? BTW, been in that industry since 1986. Nortel guy myself, but had to swallow the Kool Aid and we are putting in a huge CUCM.
     
  9. Dadocaster

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    I dislike your old muxes, good sir.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I ask myself the same question. What is the point? Maybe to chart my deterioration until I finally have to bite the bullet and give up?


    But then why would I do that when I can still make other people suffer? :D
     
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    ajb1965 Old Enough to Know Better Strat-Talk Supporter

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    lol sorry. Optivity or the old M13 stuff? You must be a carrier guy
     
  12. BallisticSquid

    BallisticSquid Senior Stratmaster

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    It begs the question...what is it that you want to do in your musical endeavors @Dadocaster ?

    For myself, it's a constant balancing of putting what I can do to use and determining what I need to learn to do what I'd like to do.

    I've backed off so it feels less like a job. As much as I love playing music, I also enjoy the occasional binge watch of a good show on Netflix.
     
  13. Dadocaster

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    oc48 classic annoys me. FMT150 grrrrr. On the other hand, I was equally grumpy when I met a Fuji guy. :D I am a jack of all trades in some ways, I have done everything from dslams to asynch to sonet to emux to atm and ocd switches to pair gain...
     
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    Yes, that indeed is the question right there... one that needs to be answered honestly by each musician.
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    The "cool factor" is probably the underlying reason a majority of people begin playing the guitar.
    The definition of cool and the resulting success rate varies...
     
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    mshivy Most Honored Senior Member

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    I don’t really do anything musical at this stage of my life, but I will continue to buy
    stuff
     
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    guitarface Senior Stratmaster

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    The point is for my daughter to think I'm a cool dad.

    It's always been about impressing the ladies, one way or another.
     
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    does it have to have a point?
     
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    fezz parka The Return of the Red Helmet Strat-Talk Supporter

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    This. If you aren't having fun (or getting joy out of it) then all the equipment and knowledge in the world is useless.
     
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