Sorry for the long post. I'm currently majoring in jazz guitar performance in school and I'm not having the greatest time. I do like jazz and respect the hell out of the musicians that play it, but it isn't my main love. Also I have to admit that when it comes to jazz, guitar does little for me. I really like jazz piano, bass and drums, but guitar not so much, (I also play those three instruments to varying degrees and would be much happier majoring in them, but I wouldn't graduate on time). I've definitely become a way better player from studying jazz, but it's getting to the point where I'm just not enjoying practicing jazz guitar anymore. I still enjoy playing other styles, but practicing jazz guitar stuff is like pulling teeth most of the time. However I enjoy practicing jazz on piano, drums and bass. Go figure. I have two semesters left and in order to graduate I need to prove to the faculty that I can play jazz pretty well. I also have to have twenty different jazz tunes memorized (changes, melody, soloing, etc.), which for you jazz lovers probably sounds like a joke, but for me it sounds like an absolute nightmare. I recently discovered that I could switch my concentration from jazz performance to theory and composition and still graduate on time. If I were to do that all I would need to do is take one more theory class and another music history class. I could then focus on whatever I wanted. I wouldn't be obligated to practice jazz guitar. I could focus on my rhythm guitar, or solo guitar or rock or progressive sludge metal or whatever I actually wanted to do. Hell I could even keep working on my jazz guitar skills, but the key thing is I wouldn't have to. I could also put guitar on the back burner for a little while and focus on my drumming, bass and piano playing more (which I really want to do). At this point it kind of seems like a no brainer to me. I would be much happier. I would graduate on time (where I actually might not if I stick with jazz performance). I could focus on other styles as well as other instruments, which is what I ultimately want to do. I also wouldn't abandon studying jazz either. I would still practice it a bunch it would just be on drums, bass and piano. Maybe it's a pride thing, but there's a small bit of me that thinks I should just stick it out. I'm not sure why it is. I know that I don't want to be a mediocre guitarist and that jazz is a great way to learn more about the instrument than your typical rock guitarist, so that definitely factors in. However you don't have to be able to play jazz to be a great player. Hell most of my favorite guitarists probably can't play jazz convincingly. Does that make them any less great at guitar? I don't think so. Are Derek Trucks, John Mayer, John Frusciante, Mike Einziger, Eric Krasno (to name a few) any less of players because they can't rip bebop lines over a Charlie Parker tune? I've probably answered my own question by now. I can either stick with jazz performance, be unhappy, but learn a lot more about my instrument. Or I can switch my concentration, be happier, and have more time to work on what I actually want to. I can also continue to learn more about my instrument. I don't need to be ignorant of the instrument just because I don't want to play jazz.