Joe Bonamassa: “I have days where I hate the way I play. I have days where I think I am a f**king fraud!”

Joe Bonamassa
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Imposter syndrome – a psychological phenomenon that makes individuals suffer feelings of inadequacy and an exaggerated sense of doubt regarding their abilities – can be felt by anyone, regardless of how adept they might be in a particular field.

Take Joe Bonamassa, for example. He is – by most people's standards – one of today's greatest blues rock guitarists. He was even voted the best blues guitar player in the world by Guitar World readers in 2019. But even he experiences the effects of imposter syndrome.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.