We all suck at guitar!

A few years ago, my son and I were taking a day-trip down to CT to see Dream Theater. At the time, he was starting to teach himself guitar (he switched to drums later, but that’s another story). He was 14 at the time.

At the time, he was lamenting over how he sucks at it. So I asked him, “Do you want the good news first or the bad news?”

“Good news first.”

“OK. Good news. Playing guitar is a blast. It’s a never-ending journey full of surprises. There’s always something new to learn about. In fact, the more you learn, the more there is TO learn.”

“Yah. I get that. The bad news?”

“No matter how good you get, you’ll always think you suck. The better you get, the further away your concept of ‘GOOD’ gets.”

So that night, we had backstage passes and he asked John Petrucci if he thinks he’s a good guitar player. Without missing a beat, John said, “I suck. I’ve got so far to go.”

It’s hopeless. We all suck at this. Just accept it. :-)

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2 Responses to We all suck at guitar!

  1. joefeloni says:

    Beautiful story Jon ! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ha! This sounds familiar. A kindred spirit, I see. Well done, Jon.

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