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Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 1:25 pm
by SalamanderExcess
Im really unmodest ok! i am 15, and my recent song accomplishments are..... eruption, satch boogie, attitude song, jewel by becker and part of eugenes trick bag. Its not the age i dont think, cos that 8 year old kid could play frenzy!

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:16 pm
by Vaimaster
I'm not even sixteen yet, and I have a fine knowledge of modes, all diatonic scales, and other scale forms. I study music theorey for hours a week. I can play eugenes trick bag at an accurate tempo of 115 with strict accuracy. I'm getting faster, I can play most to all of the melodic parts on vai's songs, I just don't have them memorized. I can also play paganini's 16 caprice, yngwie's version. IMO it is harder than his fifth. I work diligently in all I do as far as my playing goes, I idolize guys like vai, petrucci, and satrianai. I am glad to say that I am staying on the straight and narrow path, listening to good guitarists. Hopefully listening to these guitarists will help me shape a different and unusual style.
Another interesting about myself is that I am a proud Ibanez jem owner, at age fifteen. I don't know if that is rare or not, but it sounds pretty young to me. In short, I work My ass of playing and it shows, and I am not even sixteen.

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:05 am
by James W
The great Allan Holdsworth started playing aged 17. There is hope for us all.

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:54 am
by realillusions
for me you dont judge a good guitarist by what he can play but what he can do with the guitar. not about saying oh i can play this and that it shud be hey i just wrote this tune what u think and if people like that then thats when your a gd guitarist not copying peoples stuff.

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:16 am
by NatiFable
sindlei wrote:guitar isn't a competition, play because you love it, and the technique will come.
I agree, there is nothing wrong with setting goals for yourself. Even setting really high goals and work hard at achieving them. But, you always have to work within your own abilities, or just beyond them. If you were born with an ability of say 'wonderful coordination', you'll be shredding like crazy-the mind/muscle link will just be there. That's not saying you cannot achieve great techique, you just may have to work alot harder than that guy/girl that can just pick up a guitar and shred. But the same is true for someone that has a very sensitive vibrato and can really make a note sustain and sing. With hard work, you can accomplish anything.

As an 18 year old, or any age for that matter, I personally feel you should let some of the 'play this song' stuff go and concentrate on your own personal voice. Take it all and see where your heart/mind/soul take you. Try to attain that, I believe you will find that more enjoyable as well as challenging.

peace and light

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:42 am
by imbetterthanstevevai
I'm 15 and I can play Vai, Yngwie, Satch and Gilbert, but it's what I like and I've been playing for about 4 years. If I was asked to play jazz etc I wouldn't have a clue what to do.

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:48 am
by Naffis-kun
Your nick is.. umm.. should I say provocative :D?

ego trip much?

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 12:32 pm
by IbanezGuitarist
Reading these posts of kids that are good at guitar is retarded. I just find it really amusing how they love talking about themselves and bragging about how amazing they are. Getting a big head at that age isnt a good idea.

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 1:50 pm
by kpxmikey89
true.

Re: guitarists under 18

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:29 pm
by j1mi_h3ndrix
kpxmikey89 wrote:how much do u guys expect from guitarists under 18?
for example, im turnign 16 this year,

but how much do u expect frm a 16 year old, do u expect me to play the eugenes trick bag right,
sweep yngwies arps like its nothing,
know all the 5 boxes of pentatnics,
can play the 3-neck guitar solo from i know youre here,
play about atleast 12 notes per second,
can play the solo to ozzy's mr.crowley song,
can play evh's eruption, etc.....

waht do u guys think, and how good u think guitarists under 18 should be?


great you can play other peopls stuff.. how bout your own? can you improv. solos or anything?

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 5:29 pm
by kpxmikey89
of course
but it relyy takes time to develop ur style after searching
out there in the world of music
what ur real style really is

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2005 10:22 pm
by DAYLIGHT_ROBBERY
to me its not bout being the bext vai or the next satch or next yngwie cause its been done, and ppl will overlook u as a copier, u need to look 4 something uniqe bout ur playing and strengthen it. its not about being able to play every vai song or wot eva or eruption underwater blindfolded that just shows how good u are at being sum1 else, but if u write a master peice and actually write it that shows skill cause its from ur own mind and fingers. and its not about playin 33453465 notes at 600bpm or sum rediculos speed, its about playing what u feel and trying to send a message through ur playing, i mean showing off wit sum sweep or taping or sumfin is cool, but every man and his dog has done it billions of times.

ive stuck to this and im 17 ive been playing guitar for 2.5 yrs and ive got my self a kinda endorsment deal with jackson guitars. (not trying to brag and give myself a wrap)

u just gota 4get bout how good am i and whos better then me and just play for yourself and b happy playing what u play, and not trying to be vai or satch or yngwie or gilbert or ne otha well known guitarist, and u impriove much quicker. just gota play from the heart!

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:22 am
by kpxmikey89
i see

i wonder why so many guitarists r prewired to the
whole competitve and tehcnical "thing"

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:23 am
by axehappy
Well... I'm 24 and I've been playing for about 15 years.
As far as Vai and those guys go, I can only play Die To Live, Always, and those tapping songs of Satch like Headless Horseman, Midnight.. stuff like that... those are the only songs I can really play after all those years.
Cos I'm too lazy to practice enough... I'd love to be able to play like Steve Vai, I'm just not all that dedicated.
I could play Surfing With The Alien, Satch Boogie, FTLOG... a fair few songs like that when I was 16, but then I stopped practicing and forgot them all.... but after relearning Die To Live and other stuff more recently, I'm betting I couldn't play them PROPERLY when I was 16.
I recorded myself playing Always over a backing track, and sent it to my mom, and she said it was a million times better than I played it when I was 16, and there's me thinking I had it licked back then :roll:

So I'm not the best rock guitarist in the world, but I've made thousands of dollars transcribing country music, which has become more of my main style... so have I achieved more than most by earning a fair amount of money from guitar? Yes!
Have I achieved what I really wanted, no... cos I wanted to be able to play like Steve Vai.. :(

But am I happy with what I've achieved so far?
Of course I am... I get to play guitar and enjoy it whenever I like, no matter what I'm playing.. I make enough money to buy new guitars and stuff if I really want them... so what if I can't play how I want to.. I have fun, and that's the main thing :D

Re: guitarists under 18

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 5:38 pm
by Real_Confusions
kpxmikey89 wrote:how much do u guys expect from guitarists under 18?
for example, im turnign 16 this year,

but how much do u expect frm a 16 year old, do u expect me to play the eugenes trick bag right,
sweep yngwies arps like its nothing,
know all the 5 boxes of pentatnics,
can play the 3-neck guitar solo from i know youre here,
play about atleast 12 notes per second,
can play the solo to ozzy's mr.crowley song,
can play evh's eruption, etc.....

waht do u guys think, and how good u think guitarists under 18 should be?
When you're that young, you need to worry about graduating high school. Then, you can worry about how good you are at guitar.