What is your playing ability?

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  1. Calebz

    Calebz Member

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    To make it more confusing, our cover is based on the bullring brummies version of the song (halford/geezer/ward/the dude from Fight)
     
  2. Johnny Ninefingers

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    I was a pro for decades. I’m not very good really; but I know a lot of music of all different kinds; and could bring that knowledge to session work.

    We know who the jaw-dropping players are. Folk like Plini are blazing new trails and taking the guitar to new and difficult places.

    I’m not that, alas, though I did aspire to be it. My grasp exceeded my reach.

    btw I hardly ever had to read the dots. Mostly I had to invent parts after being given chord charts and directions. “Make this part a bit more Nile Rogers here, please...” “...you know George Harrison’s sound on ‘Something?’...” etc and etc.

    I got work far above my playing ability. Mainly because I could borrow from everyone from Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Shostokovitch, all the way back to Palestrina and Lassus.

    I’m a journeyman player. A second division, second tier hack who once had a good cup run.
     
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  3. jwguitar

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    I remember that group. They were on that Black Sabbath tribute album in the early 90s if I’m correct.
     
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  4. snakestretcher

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    Been playing 50 years and made a bit of money from it, so I guess somebody out there appreciates my playing!
     
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  5. Calebz

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    That's the one.

    We originally chose the song because we had a singer/harmonica player. He quit during the recording process, so I took a shot at vocals and lap steel just to see how it turned out.
     
  6. Defendant

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    Depends.

    I’ve got good time, can get appropriate sounds, I can learn tunes quick and I know when to not play. That goes a long way.

    My overall technique isn’t what it was when I was a teenage shredhead, but it’s pretty decent. I can do stuff similar to what players like Brett Garsed and Tom Quayle play, and I don’t tend to run out of licks or areas of the fretboard to play.

    Rock -pro level for most rock styles, including classic-style metal.
    Blues -I lack that killer simplicity good real blues players have. I get rock-ish and wanky. And boy do I stink at slide.
    Funk/soul -pro level. I can play funk guitar and make it sound right.
    Jazz -I suck. I tried. It’s hard. I can get by on simple fusion.
    Country/rockabilly -I know a few cool licks but I’d be found out real fast at an actual gig.

    Like many players of my generation I wish I'd spent more time learning songs and how to write than being a hotshot.
     
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  7. jwguitar

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    Slide guitar works well to replicate the harmonica part of that song. It’s something I never thought of but works perfectly!
     
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  8. neastguy

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    I'm a solid 6.5 .. here is something I wrote a while back that I'm proud of 100$ yamaha guitar :)
     
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    In a room full of good guitar players, I'm usually the worst player. In a room full of average people, I'm usually the best player.
     
  10. Steve Hotra

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    This is a good reminder. I have moments where I fight this. But then I take a deep breathe and relax.
     
  11. fogboundturtle

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    I am terrible player in relation to the # of years I've been playing. I have child hands and it's been my excuse all my life :p. (I know it's not but it makes me feel better to think it is)
     
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    I like being "farty" ... that is, more into tone and trying to make the guitar sound gassy.

     
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  13. haslar

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    Same here.
    I get cramps and towards the end, though.
     
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  14. jwguitar

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    When I think of beer bottles being thrown at the group, I always think of the Blues Brothers when they in the country and Western bar!
     
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    Fair to middlin' after over 50 years of tryin'.
     
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    VigilAndy Gold Supporting Member

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    I amaze myself sometimes. Other people not too much!
     
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    been playing over 40 years - took some time off when the kids were young and started up again on a daily basis in 2001 - I am a way better guitar player than I was before that but do not think I will ever improve much beyond where I am now - an average player, pretty good at slide and improvising. Chord work could be better, I suppose. But I am content where I am at - in a "dad" band, having a great time doing that and at open jams, where I see some fantastic guitar players where I have learned a few things. on a 1 to 10 probably a 7.
     
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    I’m a legend in my own mind.
     
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  19. Mike_it_up

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    Better and better every time I play!!
     
  20. halcyon

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    Always improving, happily and enthusiastically. Extrapolating upon my practice logs for the past two years, I’ve probably spent 5-6k hours playing guitar in my life.
     

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