I have seen Andy James before doing stuff in the Lick Library DVDs. He is certainly a superb player and also a professional guitarist. Like Vai or Satriani he is certainly professional at what he does. Vai is the most amazing guitarist I've ever seen live and Satriani also he is the most amazing legato style player there is.
I've seen a few good guitar players, never seen Andy James though but of course I have some of his DVDs. I think he has a really nice clean approach to his playing, also looks like he works hard to practise his music.
That's what it's all about, how serious are you wanting to take it? LOL guitar can be very hard and very frustrating if you want to be good like the guys I just mentioned and Vai well he is the most amazing guitar player of our generation. Every time I watch a guitarist like Vai or Satch or even this Andy James guy it just makes me wanna practise, practise, practise more and more to be better than what I am.
I think if you actually did this for a living instead of your usual job (whatever that is) and you spent all your time every day playing music then I'm sure you could achieve the quality of some of the professionals. I think dedicating your whole life to music would be a start in the right direction but not everybody can do that because life as a musician can be tough. Then again you can't just think about music all the time unless you're Steve Vai then I guess you can
I think going to see a Vai show is something real special. If you don't keep going to see him every so often then you start to miss out on his amazing musical demonstrations of exactly how far he takes his guitar playing. How far he does push his guitar ability is just wow!
But Andy James, he is a great player. I have the upmost respect to him!