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knowing one's skill
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eoj02
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I had  a jam session with a guitarist yesterday.  He likes faster bluegrass.  I seem to only be able to play the more flowing pieces.

 

but i really found out how l'm not as good as i thought i was.....   ouch.

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Speed is one of the easier skills to get.  It will come with practice, quite reliably.  In fact, it is easy to end up playing any instrument too fast.

Don't worry about "keeping up" in the sense of matching another player note for note when jamming.  Even a fast song can work well with one or more instruments pulling some longer slower notes.  Find something easy enough to be able to play it that sounds like it fits.  You can work on faster bits and more complicated bits later.  Focus on getting it to sound good when jamming.  Speed will come.

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Mirror mirror on the wall, whos the fairest fiddler of them all? yup, take a long hard look at the reflection of truth and accept it or deny it. I know I have a long road ahead towards awesomeness, but ive got good shoes.

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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I like that thought Picklefish 🙂 Good shoes for the long journey. smile

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picklefish said
Mirror mirror on the wall, whos the fairest fiddler of them all? yup, take a long hard look at the reflection of truth and accept it or deny it. I know I have a long road ahead towards awesomeness, but ive got good shoes.

 

I am sooo stealing that little tidbit of personal wisdom!!  1st-place

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speaking of skill, my intonation is horrible today! Im chickening out on my recordings. jimi-hendrix

"Please play some wrong notes, so that we know that you are human" - said to Jascha Heifetz.

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picklefish said

speaking of skill, my intonation is horrible today! Im chickening out on my recordings. jimi-hendrix

Blame it on the humidity!fainting-1344

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Don't be upset, Eojo2! Anyway, jamming with another people is a great experience! You're on your way, be patient and all the work will be payed off! Give yourself some time.

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Playing with other people will really help you grow as a musician. Tell that guitar player to slow down and play at your speed.

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