The Top 10 Reasons to Quit Playing Guitar

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GMeyers1231

#7 is stupid, that probably had nothing to do about his drug and alcohol problems. I say Clapton is God all the time, does it mean I'm serious? No, its all in good fun, plus its normal for players to have an idol they strive to be like. If it wasnt for some idols some people would have never picked up a guitar. I get this article is supposed to be fun, etc. but its just stupid. Plus does it make sense that a magazine called Guitar World gives you reasons to stop playing guitar?

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zedthewizard

57STRATMAN has it right. We all don't have to be race car drivers or own great guitars to enjoy our car and other cars. Though, I try not to have too much gear around. actually, i have one 250 dollar amp that is pedal friendly, and i've settled on one pedal maker; but i have a few pretty decent guitars --- and, i enjoy myself.

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ledbthand

#11 There are no less that 10,000 12 year olds on youtube, shredding better than you ever will.

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guitarladd

I can touch my thumb to my pinky. Does that mean I don't have carpal tunnel? What's up with the Kirk Hammett haters commenting on these things? Is the360Eddie the same guy who commented on an article about the 10 best female guitarists that they left out Kirk Hammett? I'm more into bluesrock than metal (Bonamassa is God) but I think Hammett is a lot better than most of the heavy metal guys. A lot of that crap is just unlistenable.

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spanky5150

Number three, The Yngwie Effect should read: "I've learned how to blaze like cra cra and sweep pick to no end, but I still have no melodic qualities to my playing, and never will." Ed and Paul can blow Yng and Batio off the planet when it comes to just about anything but "Flight of the Bumblebee". See number nine for verification of this theory.

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rawkbass

#11 - Because you now have a Chapman Stick.

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CaptPostMod

Someone should probably let Pink Floyd know about #5. Who knew that writing and performing "Wish You Were Here" was a reason to quit playing guitar?

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Terranaut_X

To set the record straight, carpal tunnel is not in the wrist, it's in the base of the palm which you can plainly see by toughing your pinky to your thumb.I have had the carpal tunnel release surgery on my fretting hand. It was not more than 20% successful. I didn't get it from guitar playing--I'm sure it was a product of weight lifting and other hand stressing exercises because I have it in both hands. The sharp stinging pain is triggered however by bending the hand inward at the wrist--this is very typical of people who sling their guitars very low. As long as I play with the neck either perpendicular or at a higher angle most times I don't trigger that stinging. I play now voraciously at 59 because I CAN. (And it keeps me from watching too much politics and freaking out over the pathetic antics of the GOP).

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classicrockguy

Boy, #6 sure it's home. I'm out of room from all the gear in my house, but I don't plan on selling any of it. In fact I'll probally be getting more. Good thing I live alone....and probally always will.....

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almonzo

Damn, I thought my amCGD tune was pretty good...!
Thank you for the article , at least my guitars are on display so I can pick them fast (Hummingbird,Seagull 25 anniversary and Washburn 12 str. ), but promised, next time I have friends late, I won't be a pain in the neck for my neighbours ( and my friends), thanks again !

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guitarladd

How about your AmGFG song? You just have to add some undecipherable lyrics. Maybe something like "Businessman there he drinks my wine...." or something like that. Or how about AmGFE. A million flamenco guitarist can't be wrong.

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the360eddie

Reason #11, you are Kirk Hammett.

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danmar

That's the most honest guitar-related article I've read from a guitar mag in years. It was also very funny. I've always believed that the secret to a happy fulfilling life is having a good sense of humour.

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pearlj10

Agreed. Fun well-written article.

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dfanelli

thank you, danmar!

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57 Stratman

Very funny article, but kind of sad too. Children, if the "Be all/ End all" desire of your guitar playing existence is to be the next Stevie Ray Vaughn, well you're going to be extremely disappointed if not totally suicidal when or if you never make it, right? Take a little advice from an aging lover of all things guitar; enjoy the guitar for what it is, an instrument that was created to make beautiful music. It's relaxing and soulful just in itself. Whenever I need to lift my spirits, there is always my best friend around to do just that, my guitar. Or I should say guitars, because like all long time guitar players, I have also managed to amass enough gear to fill a small house. But if you can afford it, who cares?? It's my collection, if you don't like it, don't come over, right?? I will never be a famous guitar player, but that's OK, I'm not playing for you, I'm playing for me.

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kenstee

Totally correct! I'm almost 63, still playing and loving it. This despite profound right shoulder injuries that have definitely impacted my ability to play. No matter...you deal with what life serves up. If I was doing this just to become rich and famous I would have quit long ago. One thing is certain in life. You WILL grow old. As absurd as that seems now it will happen. It not just something that happens to everyone else. But, that does not mean you age out of playing.

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zedthewizard

i may not collect as much gear as you because i've sold to buy, but i agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment . . . if, you are playing punk at eighty . . . more power to you brother.

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loral

Wow! I thought the caption under the 1st pic was geared espcially to me....

I have a busted ADA MP-1 laying around (and a working one), and a bunch of stomp boxes, wah pedals etc. LOL

But, I don't need to sell to pay the rent (or my mortgage).

My vintage gear is actually appreciating in value beyond the hopes of my 401K portfolio.

I bought a box of used gear about 12 years ago that had an original Uni-Vibe and controller pedal; total cost for box, $100 and considering I see Uni-Vibes on eBay for around $1800... it's like cash in the bank, maybe even better.. cause I can play with my vintage gear...

And although a couple months ago, a drummer and especially a bass player with some tiny bits of valuable DNA missing seemed to quench my fire to play since, I still have my "friends" patiently waiting in the corner(s) until I get the spark again.

And as winter approaches, the warm amber glow of 6L6's against the wall behind them brings a soothing comfort as the days grow shorter..

lockandloaddave

THIS IS GOOD..... YOU NOW WHAT THEY USE TO SAY ... GUITARIST...ARE ARE DIME AND DOZEN . NOW WE CAN SAY THAT THERE DIME AND DOZELING'S ;% NOW IF I COULD JUST LEARN HOW TO PLAY IN THE KEY OF R..... OK READY GIVE R :)

billkropp

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RonZabrocki

Here's my reason why EVERYONE should quit...but me.....then the only guitarist left to listen to would be ME! (ok...maybe I don't like competition!) Then Guitar World could be called Ron World! Ok . I'm done. Now I have to practice.....

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Josh Hart

Tempting, Ron. Very tempting...

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