Were You a Hot Shot Young Guitarist before the Internet/YouTube?

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  1. monty

    monty Member

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    Not me, when I started at age 15 there was a guy down the block named Carlos who was a couple of years older than me and started playing a few years before I did. He also dropped out of school and practiced all day. Nobody was a hot shot compared to Carlo, he was just awesome. Cool dude too.
     
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    I'm 66 going on 67 trying to be a local hot shot here in the Nashville.
     
  4. Toby Krebs

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    I was “the” guy 30 years before the interwebs.And I will be “the” guy until I hang it up in my little acre of the world.
     
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  5. bobcs71

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    No. I wasn't a virtuoso or prodigy.

    At 15 I had paid gigs. Before I was out of HS I had played theatre, been on local radio and played shows for up to 800 people.

    My skill was being able to work with others.
     
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  6. soundchaser59

    soundchaser59 Thank You Great Spirit! Silver Supporting Member

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    The eugenics wars didn't do you any good in that arena? Too bad.
     
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  7. chrisr777

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    I wasn't playing lead guitar in bands until much later. However, I really wish there was video of me on drums from the 70's and 80's. I was definitely a hot shot. There is audio, but I've never converted any to digital. I should do that some day.
     
  8. Nebakanezer

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    In the grand scheme of things, I’m glad this is a better trait!! It’s worked for me throughout the years. I’ve has the luxury of growing up around better players and end up being the weak link in most bands I was in.
     
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  9. DustyRhodesJr

    DustyRhodesJr Supporting Member

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    Two things I used to love to do:

    Find the best guitarist in town, go to his show, and challenge him to a guitar
    duel.

    And, go to all of the karate dojos in town and issue an open challenge to all
    of the instructors. :D:D
     
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  10. Stratofuzz

    Stratofuzz Supporting Member

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    I went to Cupertino High school and right down Stevens Creek Drive was Guitar Player Magazine.
    So all of us who played knew what being a good "hot shot" player meant.
    (did get invited to some jam sessions - pretty good times)
     
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    i'm a mug and have always been a mug who could make music on a guitar...my son has won polls and been on the cover of guitar magazines, so he's the hot shot, i reckon!
     
  12. datguytim

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    Yep....I'm 52 and was getting major props in my late teens - no internet then! Toured & made some records too - no internet. Ahhhhhh.....those were the days!!!!!!
     
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  13. slybird

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    My goal was never about being a good guitarist. My goal was to be a great songwriter. I think I'm a better guitarist than songwriter. I consider myself an average guitarist at best.
     
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  14. gennation

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    I was. Mainly because I could play Van Halen, Rhoads, Page, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Steely Dan, Hendrix, etc...stuff since the 70s. In the 80s I worked full time as a musician, and for a 5 year period was with a group that was booked every week (almost every day of the week) and even had a 2 week vacation per year.

    This is the earliest video I have...1985 probably doing Turn Up the Radio...

     
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    Full on Dunning-Kruger young hotshot in my high school and my own mind. Wasn't old enough to go to the bars in the 80s and see the real local hotshots gigging 6 nights a week. We didn't have internet and home studios to show us, that given reality, we ought to be more humble.

    Now much older, I have spent many years working on core skills and am happy with where I am musically.
     
  16. Ed DeGenaro

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    I like to think so...did my first international tour (Well ok...European)tour back in 82 just before turning 18.
    By the time I turned 24 I had been on EMI, Atlantic, and CBS...then replaced some serious cats in bands that at that point we're over the hill.
    And then by the time I hit 30 it was all about Grunge....

    Oh well, all this and a buck will buy me a cup of coffee at 7-11...
     
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  17. Lucidology

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    Maybe a Maple Bar too ...!! Lol
    Ain't that the truth

    By the time I was 24 had played Carnagie Hall and places like the Huston Astrodome for crowds as big as 50 thousand... & this was by being a band member in some prestigious folk's bands ...
    Seemed doors would open for me everywhere in that world ...

    & still I had ambitions to be a jazz/fusion guitarist ...
    Would even say that was a wrong turn coming back to CA to study and play with my Jazzer friends...

    Probably could still be playing with some of those folk back East if I kept my lucky foot in the door...
     
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  18. massacre

    massacre Silver Supporting Member

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    Started playing at 14 self taught. By 18 I was pretty good, by 21 I was damn good. But that was because I practiced every waking moment. Would have been a beast if had buckled down, learned to read music but being young other things took focus away from guitar.
     
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    In 10th grade I was in high school band playing Dio, Scorpions, VH. I was the cock of the walk, that is, until my friend Doug moved to our town in 11th grade and he played Yngwie Malmsteen. #Theres always someone better
     
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  20. mc5nrg

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    I had some skills but having run into younger players like Dave Surovell in A2, MI and Dave Celentano in Laurel, MD. and living in the area of Buchanan, Gatton, Lofgren etc ......
    Well, you do the math.
     
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