hey everyone.. Not sure if this is the right place, but i would like to share my frustrations with someone.. I've been playing guitar for almost 20 years. I played in some bands, had fun for some years, but I never reached a satisfying skill level until i decided to quit out of frustration and the last 4 years my guitars have only been catching dust in the corner of my mancave.. Last few months it started to itch again.. Why was i not able to become a "good" guitarist... A few months ago i volunteered for a band of colleagues to do a one-time gig at a local festival. I practised my ass off to get 5 pretty simple covers in one month, and had fun doing that. It motivated me enough to pick up my guitar regularly again. I subscribed to Jamplay to give it another chance. Only been doing some lessons and practising for 2 weeks now. Not sure what i can expect. Sometimes i think i shouldnt try to become what i would like to be, and just accept that my fingers and my mind are not smart enough for that. Sometimes i think its just a small hurdle i need to take so why shouldnt i try. Does anyone recognize this? What did you do to overcome the issue?
I've mostly tried to play the metal style. I did recordings, wrote songs, some even pretty awesome, but never the real thing in terms of technique and speed. You know... the guy that does a solo, but it never really gets up to speed let alone that it blows anyones mind? I spent many many nights practising the same excercises over and over again, but always stuck at around 100bpm 16ths. Yea my right hand can do things quicker, and legato my left hand sometimes was able too, but never was i able to sync them on higher bpms. I checked out Allen van Wert his excersises, and did some lessons of Stephanie Bradly, and i think they might help me.. but still.. after all these years it feels like i am an absolute beginner on speed, and it worries me that i wasnt able to find my holy grail in mastering it.
It's both mental and physical issues i am trying to take up the fight with. Hopefully this time i will win, and playing guitar will be all about having fun again. I appreciate anyone that can relate or help me to share his or her thoughts.