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  1. RacheRach

    RacheRach New Member!

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    If you could go back in time, what is something you wish you did that you didn't when it comes to learning guitar?
     

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  2. mechanic

    mechanic Strat-Talker

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    Read music and study theory.

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  3. Dadocaster

    Dadocaster Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I wish I had taken every opportunity to play with and learn from any and everybody. I was hand to mouth when I was a young man, did not have money for lessons but I bet I could have worked something out with the music teachers I worked with. Did not occur to me at 18, 19, 20.
     
  4. Jyates

    Jyates Strat-Talk Member

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    my younger years I played in bands without really knowing the instrument at all. Played from the heart and ear, has a blast and would not change those experiences. Sadly now I don't have the community to get a band together and I never did the wood shedding to know my theory. Taking my middle years to learn what I never did so maybe in later years I can play live again with more seasoning.
     
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  5. s5tuart

    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    :D Won the lottery then have Jeff Beck as my private tutor :D
     
  6. Stratafied

    Stratafied Senior Stratmaster

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    Same here.
     
  7. dublindave8456

    dublindave8456 Strat-Talker

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    should never have bought a fuzzbox to cover up my bad playing ......

    (when i was 15 )

    should have kept my 1963 strat.....

    sold it to fund small studio .......

    should have kept all my amps......

    all the old stuff is worth a small fortune now ......



    happy about most other....
     
  8. RoyC

    RoyC Strat-O-Master

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    Got my first guitar in the 1960s and still got it.
    If I had my time over, I would have tried to play it instead of leaving it under the bed.
    In those days I was more interested in girls and motorbikes than hugging a lump of wood.
    There was no internet and the only way to learn was to buy a Bert Weedon chord book.
     
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  9. scooteraz

    scooteraz Strat-Talker

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    Uhhhh, practice....
     
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  10. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Learn to play jazz.
     
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  11. ido1957

    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm not going to dwell on the past. I'm pretty happy with what I'm accomplishing now.
     
  12. Agtronic

    Agtronic Strat-Talker

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    My biggest regrets:

    - Not having spent time learning theory in parallel to learning how to play. It's considerably more difficult to learn the textbook stuff once you have developed a good ear. You almost have to rewire your brain to learn this stuff without using your ear as a crutch.

    - Spend less time noodling, and more time proactively practicing stuff that isn't necessarily fun.

    - Never having learned country (or other styles). It's easy to gravitate to one style of music and excel at it. But anything you can learn from other styles will help your playing. You will sound more like yourself and less like someone you admire and play too much of.

    - Wish I wasn't so shy growing up and would have played in a band or with others. Skill was there, but self confidence was not.



    Things I do not regret and am super happy about:

    - Having spent all my free time playing guitar, it's how I developed a good set of hands from the very start.

    - I'm happy I was never obsessed with gear and always looking for the next shiny object. I learned to love what I had and made it work.
     
  13. Miotch

    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    Guitar related: Wished I would have called in sick and used my ticket to go see LZ in '77, rather than selling it to a friend, who did call in sick, leaving me working by myself and hoping I would catch them the next time they toured. Which was never.

    In my defense, the dishes weren't gonna wash themselves and capitalism in the food and beverage industry, as we know it, might have ceased to exist had I not manned the sink and Hobart that night. Eaters on April 3, 1977, were indeed blessed to have clean dishes in Tulsa.

    Would have never sold the ticket to the guy if I'd know he was also supposed to work that night. Wished I just kept the ticket.
     
  14. jim293

    jim293 Strat-O-Master

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    I wish that I would of never quit learning to play the first time.
     
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  15. nungesser

    nungesser With a back beat narrow and hard to master Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm not much of a guitar player but I don't know I don't think I would change anything , I'm self taught and if there's any guitar desire's I have they can still be achieved now, I enjoy playing guitar , I'm not performer or musician , I just like playing and if I want to get better that can happen
     
  16. myredstrat

    myredstrat Strat-Talker

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    take lessons, learn some theory, try singing, not quit playing for over 20 years, not fight with some band mates, not lost contact with former mates, a lot of which are dead now, not played so damn loud, not sold my LP junior, I could go on and on but why dwell on the past
     
  17. Antstrat

    Antstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Spend less time being a gear hound and learn to play properly and learn theory.
     
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  18. fezz parka

    fezz parka Duke of Dilligaf Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I'm happy with the choices I made.

    I've got no use for rear view mirrors unless I'm driving a car. :D
     
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  19. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    It's never too late to learn to read music or learn theory if you want those skills. Age is not an excuse.
     
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  20. The Strat Dude

    The Strat Dude Sticker bushes and Posy rules! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Go back and hang with my dear old friend Charles who first got me into guitar and simply blew my mind with his natural gift with the guitar. I had much more to learn from him.
     
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