Originally Posted by vaijem777
That's a great thing about Davester though...he's a frikin' great guitarist but doesn't go on and on about it.
Nothing is more admirable- wish more people were like that in general.
Thank you kindly, and you too mange and dex. There really isn't anything more irritating than someone who can't get over themselves..and besides, it limits your growth on your instrument a lot as well.
as for the age thing, I have to disagree with a lot of what's being said. You can always spot diamonds in the rough at a young age, ie, 4/5 years old. Often, the kids who get things quick and excell at early ages are those that have the potential to become the most monstrous musicians ever, given the right tools.
While age should never be a crutch, it certainly is valid when it comes to recognizing raw and pure talent. Kid's who can play vai exceptionally well are (with the right training) destined to big things, provided they are developed properly, because they HAVE it. You know because most adults playing for 30 years can't get to that point, because they DON"T have it, no matter how much they practice. Not everyone has the gift of music, you can't really develop it from nothing.
I've seen kids practice piano for a few minutes a day, and excell past kids who've played for hours straight for years.
They just had that x factor.
They are different even from the adults who DEVELOPED it, over a few decades. Success at a young age signifies raw, unadulterate musical inclination.
What I'm saying is that it is worth every once of breath mentioning age when it comes to young prodigy's. The ability to accomplish things musically at a young age and with extremely limited training [its a given considering how long they've been alive
] is something that hardly anyone can do. If you have an 8 year old who can play vai after playing for a year, you've got something special, that's as much a guarantee as the maple leafs failing to win the cup.
It takes most guys 4-5 years at least [of heavy playing] to even copy moderately
Fact is, its NOT just about practicing, its about what you have inside to offer, and not everyone has it in them to be a musician. Guys can practice for years, intently, and never achieve anything, and others do so with great ease....that's a gift, and you can spot those people at very young ages, if there lucky enough to have the means to show people what they can do.