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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-21-2010, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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are you a perfectionist

I think in some ways I'm missing part of the experience of being a guitarist. I concentrate too much on playing perfectly. I saw a band the other night (not a great band but they were fun). The guitar player didn't play any solos, they just blasted through a bunch of songs. It got me thinking,, maybe I focus too much on the technical side of things instead of just bashing out some power chords and and having more fun. Don't get me wrong I take a lot of pride in being able to play a song note for note, Maybe I should pull out my Ramones and Sex Pistols albums and learn how to have fun playing simple songs.
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Re: are you a perfectionist

I'm an absolute perfectionist. I think it just comes with the territory with being very technical.

It bleeds over to all aspects of my life.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 12:26 AM
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I am not. If I could link videos you would see. But I am far from sloppy... Far. Now saying this I am referring to "learning" other peoples stuff (covers). All the bands I have ever been in cover wise I was maybe an 85% perfectionist. Studio stuff with Manila Thrills and Brothers. That was my stuff so I could say I was a perfectionist. I am rambling.... Zzzzzzz

OK! 3 in the morning buzzed slop. But it was fun. No perfection but lots of fun.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 12:27 AM
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Its about balance man, sometimes fun is cool just cause its fun.
Let your hair down once in awhile, it will not ruin your technical skills
or pride in playing. It will only broaden the scope of your art dude. Or not.
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Great question Stringz.

The clinical/chops side of your brain is very important, but the artistic/emotional side is JUST as important-if not more. Many famous players would rather record an emotional solo with mistakes-than a perfectly executed solo with all the right notes but no emotion.

Example: Dream Theater has killer chops but lacks the emotional side (mostly), while The Clash has tons of emotion but can't solo out of a paper bag. Guess who sells more records?

Herman Li has killer chops, but David Gilmore 'touches' more people's soul with just a few notes- because Gilmore starts crafting a solo from an emotional standpoint.

Emotional guitar music will always be more successful than good chops- very few players can offer both and that's why Steve Vai's music is so remarkable. It combines a very high level of chops AND emotions.
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mabye, mabye not
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2010, 12:52 PM
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I am an inconsistent perfectionist.....and I am working at being perfectly inconsistent.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-08-2010, 12:55 AM
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i try really hard to be a perfectionist but i suck at guitar so its really hard. tuning however im a perfectionist. ill tune my rg1527 for HOURS until its pitch perfect, which is hard when the intonations off haha. f**k, ill tune a fixed bridge for hours. then ill do anything humanly possible to keep it in tune. aaahhhhh it really sucks to have guitar tuning OCD
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-08-2010, 06:33 AM
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Great thread subject. I fall into the perfectionist, I will spend an entire year learning a technical peice if needs be. I think its just the sort of person I am, Im a programmer so I love spending hours of the finer technical details of code etc - Im really the same when it comes to music :O)

I think at the end of the day its what YOU enjoy most because music is totally subjective. One man's Paul Gilbert is another mans musical nightmare and vice versa. I just so happen to be a big fan of terrifying shred guitar - but Im damned sure it wont get me any hot chicks :OP

That said I do spend at least half an hour to a hour a day on slow solos with lots of bends and vibrator so I try to get a mix in there.

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