When I was younger, I remember a show we did at a biker festival. We were supporting this rock covers band and after our set I thought it was a great gig and I thought I played pretty good. Then the headliner came on and I heard this Vai-esque widdling and I felt about a millimeter tall as I thought “he’s way better than me”. After years of gigging, playing and learning, I’ve learned that it doesn’t mean shit what anyone else can do on the guitar, no matter how good or bad they are; if they shred circles around you, so what? if they suck and you’re “better” than them, so what? - If a bridge started collapsing with you under it, would it really matter who’s better at soloing? It’s not the end of the world.
At times I try to remember the first time I picked up a guitar. I’m sure you remember that feeling of wonderment and awe at the instrument and everything you played/learned amazed you, even if you sucked; that should still be prevalent now. I feel as soon you call yourself “A Guitarist” and start comparing yourself to other people you attach so much pressure and expectation to yourself that you stop enjoying it. And that’s what it should be about; not about out-shredding other guitarists. I’d rather play one note for 10 seconds pulling a stupid face than go “see how many sweeps I can sweep into a sweep” in the space of 0.7 seconds, in Z Minor.
The Petrucci style of playing is due to countless hours of practicing and studying for MANY years; there will have been so much discipline, concentration and dedication to that; but that doesn’t mean it’s “better”. I’d sooner rather listen to Slash playing.
I say just go for it as you have been doing, listen to new music for inspiration, pick up ideas and just dedicate yourself to bettering yourself on the instrument and not giving a shit what anyone else can do on it.
Oceano’s entire set from The Heavier than Heavy Tour at The Boardwalk, Sacremento: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODCCVv5dVcM
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