Have you ever thought why you persisted with playing guitar when so many others just gave up?

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  1. Philo426

    Philo426 Senior Stratmaster

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    I remember learning to play in the early eighties when affordable guitars were often terrible ...sky high actions and terrible action.I bought the first guitar with my own money (A Montaya 145 Martin clone for a C note at New Yoyo Music)It's action was high but I cut the saddle down with a razor saw that made it much more playable.Still I remember how dumb my fingers were and the struggle to fluidly perform chord changes.Never quit because I have had a profound love of guitar since I was very young.I remember that my parents were mystified when I saw a TV show that featured guitar playing.I was 3 or 4 and referred to the guitar as a "Budgiebah" which was a word I invented because I did not know the proper term.Playing guitar is an everyday activity for me and really makes me happy! what is your guitar playing story?
     
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    I have a seemingly endless supply of Grand Delusion. :)
     
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    It's in ya or it ain't.
    Played drums for alot o years before getting married.
    After that the world changed.
    After getting a divorce I HAD to get music back in my life.
    I'll never be a great guitarist but I sure do get a ton of enjoyment from it & I'm alot happier guy again
     
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    Welcome to the Grand Delusion
    Come on in and see what’s happening :p
     
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    Dreamdancer Senior Stratmaster

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    The love for music has to be number 1....if you started playing guitar mainly to attract girls(which is a valid reason) or generally show off to your friends its hard to keep this going if there is no internal fire like a true love for music.
     
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    Shoegoo Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    I am still learning.
     
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    There is million reasons to quit and only one reason to soldier on. Kinda thins out the herd as time goes on.

    Thanks, quitters, for the extra shows.
     
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    Same story. I've always had a guitar since I was able to talk my parents into dropping $20 on a Sears brand acoustic; I was 11 years old. I saw a band on a commercial when I was maybe 6 years old and decided I needed to be part of that. I used to watch Elvis Presley movies and he always had a guitar as well. I was not what you'd call a natural but I've stuck with it all these years and I'm not stopping.
     
  9. Philo426

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    Yes I keep them around my chair in the living room so if I want 16235134612461074698714511039667.jpg to play they are nearby!
     
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    GaryM Strat-O-Master

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    When you are born into a home with musical instruments in it, it becomes part of you. Like growing up in an Italian home, you learn to speak Italian. Music is a language that musicians speak best.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Some people actually enjoyed the learning and practice required. Others preferred the instant gratification of other things.
     
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    Dare1 Most Honored Senior Member

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    Whenever I wanted to quit, I reminded myself how much I would hate to take a year or so off and decide to come back to it. Could've utilized that time playing and getting better instead
     
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    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    This part, right here ^ ^ ^

    As soon as I started appreciating the journey, my playing improved dramatically because I enjoyed practicing and overcoming obstacles as much as playing.
     
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    simoncroft Still playing. Still learning! Silver Member

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    At the age of 10, I was so lacking in sense of pitch or rhythm when I started out that I kept going, under the illusion that I was getting reasonably proficient. By the time I was 17, I was playing bass in some decent bands and had every incentive to continue! :D
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    I wrestled with the guitar for 55 years. Only now am I wondering why.
     
  17. thomquietwolf

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    Every time I buy a guitar and sign up for lessons(4 times)
    Some life changing event happens
    Never made it to lesson #1
    so
    I vow
    NEVER AGAIN
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    Every year or so
    Mrs. Visits her family in Detroit & Virginia
    When she returns
    There is always a package of cast-offs (they consume)
    1995
    I'm picking her and her kit up at Sky Harbor(Phoenix)
    Amongst the stuff is a really beat up guitar case
    In it a Dreadnaught{no details}
    Get home
    It goes under the bed
    1997
    We move back to the mountains(Sierra Nevada)
    1999
    For my birthday I received another Dreadnaught
    It goes under the bed
    2001
    I decide to take one out and plunk(what can go wrong)(long story)
    So
    Not knowing one thing musical nor guitarigal
    But am working in six figures....
    Start buying guitar s**t
    Looking for that guitar combination that has a magic strap button...
    The one that magically takes you to johny be Goode land...
    Don't happen....
    2021
    I still am not a musician
    Nor
    Guitarist
    But
    I touch em daily
     
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    I'm simply really damned tenacious. Along with the fact that I am amazed that I can play anything since I was forbidden to take music in high school. They said I was tone deaf. I can't read music so I play by ear, even though that sometimes makes my ears hurt. (Yeah, both meanings)
     
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    Wound_Up CUSTOM USER TITLE Silver Member

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    I dunno. I might be different from most in this area. I decided before I ever bought my first guitar that I wasn't going to quit no matter how long it took for me to learn to play.


    In 18 months, it's NEVER crossed my mind. Not one time. I couldn't imagine quitting, TBH. For what? Lol. I love learning to play and playing what little I can actually play and knew at my first riff that I was hooked for life.

    Playing guitar is going to become part of who I am just like wearing a baseball cap :D
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I got whacked for "stealing" the guitar. I wasn't giving up...o_O