Re: In Need Of Reassurrence
I had the whole "next Jimi Hendrix" thing going on at school and with my friends and family when I was 14 and it was the WORSE thing that could've ever happen to me as a guitarist, seriously!
Almost everyone I knew (other guitarists included) thought I was going to be something special and I just ended not practicing because of it. I pretty much already thought I had "it"
Fast forward to 18 years old...
I then realised that all these chumps that'd been learning their theory (lol) and actually practicing to compete to become better than me (yes we all know it's not a competition, but I guess that what some young 'uns do) actual WERE better than me. It sort of knocked me for six and I sort of become disenchanted with playing, and with numerous other things in my life distracting me, I ended up giving up playing and not picking up a guitar for another 3 years. The 3 years passed and I finally ended up feeling like having a tinkle on the guitar, but because I wasn't surrounded by people thinking I was going to become a huge virtuoso I could really chill out and enjoy playing at my own pace. I think that's when I really started to learn that music isn't a competition, although I could probably shred those guys socks off now! lol
Yeah so if you have people telling you that you're a prodigy, just ignore it and get on with practicing, etc. I've wasted a lot of time because I acted on what others thought of me (HUGE mistake) and I've learnt more in the past 2 years than I would've in my first "stint" because I'm not in competition and I'm not trying to live up to anything.