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What is a guitar player?

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When visitors see my guitars they ask "Do you play guitar?" and I always say "No, I'm just learning."

If I say I can play, someone might ask me to play something ... very embarrassing!

Keith Wyatt says you're a guitar player when you can play your first chord, but I think he's dreaming ... there has to be more to it than that. So help me answer this question :- At what point does one cease being just a learner and start being a player? (Please don't tell me I'll be learning for the rest of my life, I know that already. But I hope to be a player sometime before I die!)

Are you a player?

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I think you are a player when you can play a few tunes to your own satisfaction. Maybe a poor guitar player, but a player none the less. We are (hopefully) always learning, but when you can stop learning for a little while and just play a tune or two, you are a player.

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I would tend to agree with RB, a player is someone that can play (poorly or not) in some manner. And your satisfaction with your playing is probably the key.

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When you play something that makes YOU happy... When something you play is played to your satisfaction , i.e. you judge another's "performance" of something you know... or analyze it...

And its important to realize, its yet another step to be a musician (see the song, or big picture) that plays guitar... beyond just a "guitar" player.

No matter if you are own worst critic or high hippie pie, be ye lax or disciplined, if strumming makes you happy or finger picking is your favorite puzzle... your a guitarist.

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Karcey,

I think if you can play a combination of three chords and make up or play to a tune you know or heard, you are a guitar player. I know some tunes that have only two.

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I think Rockerbob summed it up pretty well. I consider myself a guitar player, albeit not a good one by any stretch of the imagination.

Keep in mind that "good" is a very relative term - to somebody who doesn't play the guitar at all, you're "good" if you can put a few chords together and play a song. An experienced guitarist would have an entirely different appraisal of "good".

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Until the strangled cat sounds stop coming out of my amp (or that particular tone comes into style) and I can safely play without embarrasing myself, I will not be a guitar player.

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But when Eric Clapton comes round for tea, I tend to leave the guitars locked up:laughingg: <Eric Clapton's reaction to my playing

Next time he comes for a visit, could I come too?:D:escape:

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At the point you stop turning your guitar amp down. Once your not scared to be heard thats a major turning point. Not that your not a player before that but its a major turning point.

And I think the definition of guitar player is " the guy she hopes asks her out before that ugly drummer comes over "

Sorry ... god forgive me on that one ....

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