Originally Posted By: zoglug:
I have no real intentions to join a band and gig as i am nowhere near good enough
Let me start by saying that I am not picking on zoglug, he just happened to post a good comment for me to get going with this discussion. I would like to encourage, to challenge anyone that identifies with zoglug's comment to give yourself a target to work towards: playing live in front of an audience. No it doesn't matter how well or how poorly you play. You may have been playing for one week, one year or 30+ years, it doesn't matter.
I first played guitar in school assembly when I was 9. Just one song. I borrowed a guitar, was shown the chords and got a blister on my thumb because that's what I strummed with! The clever kid was Andrew, the piano player. He had to teach the rest of us how to play and/or sing Hey Jude which was a hit at the time. By the time I was a teenager I was in a church youth club where along with two others we played to our peers in the youth club and were invited to play in church on Sunday evenings. And so for me guitar has been rooted in playing in front of an audience. Actually, church was a fantastic place to play as people are not there to listen but to sing along so once you have the introduction and first line out of the way everyone is singing and it's plain sailing after that. Fast forward 40 years and now I am playing bass in one band, drums in church, guitar at children's camps and festivals, flute at weddings and more. I cannot imagine life as a guitar player (or musician) without playing live; it's just so much fun!
What's my point? I feel so sad when I read comments like the quote above as our idea of how badly we play should not be a shackle that excludes us from the possibility of one of life's greatest pleasures - both for the entertainer and the entertained. Am I alone in believing that thinking we are not good enough is a false limitation that inhibits us when it shouldn't be? What do you suggest as a remedy? Recording yourself so that you can analyse your playing? Playing to an audience of one? Joining a band that doesn't need an extra player so that you can get used to playing along with other musicians? Or something else?