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Cardiff Pauly

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You Know When You're A Good Player....
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:00:22 PM »

....hmmm I used to play in a band and it was quite easy to involve yourself, and not be found wanting, so to speak!
Playing solo these days, I just wonder what the panel think, as to how you know when you are good at it!  8)
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 02:45:45 PM »

    When you can play without looking  ;)
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2014, 03:28:25 PM »

When I was first playing fiddle solo for a dance side, people used to come up and tell me how they were learning fiddle. I think "too" was left unsaid.

I hope I've got a bit better, they don't do that any more!
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014, 03:33:31 PM »

....when another player asks, "How do you do that?" (whatever "that" may be in the particular circumstances).
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2014, 03:39:24 PM »

It's not an absolute, but inversely relative to how often you doubt your own competence.

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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2014, 04:08:10 PM »

    When you can play without looking  ;)

At what? The instrument, the dots, or the prettiest girl in the room?
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2014, 04:13:44 PM »

    Haha, the girl of course!  :D
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2014, 04:14:24 PM »

Someone posts "who was the chap with the Oakwood, playing the weird French stuff"? on melodeon.net. :|bl OK, it's not RCM stuff, but it did my ego good, and started me on the forum.

More seriously … some good players get a ripple of applause after a solo spot, but others are in the heart of the session and actually get everyone else playing better. Not a simple issue?
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2014, 04:14:35 PM »

Tom B-R, good answer, made me chuckle did that!  8)
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2014, 04:23:05 PM »

    When you can play without looking  ;)

At what? The instrument, the dots, or the prettiest girl in the room?

I reckon I'm doing extremely well if I can play to an acceptable standard and STILL look at the prettiest girl in the room....
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #10 on: April 29, 2014, 05:01:22 PM »

How about … your play making the prettiest woman in the room notice YOU?

    There have been occasions …
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2014, 05:21:05 PM »

    In all honesty, I think that I agree with:

....when another player asks, "How do you do that?" (whatever "that" may be in the particular circumstances).

    It is relative though isn't it really  :D
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #12 on: April 29, 2014, 05:38:44 PM »

All players are good, but some are gooder than others  :||: :P
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2014, 05:55:02 PM »

I don't think you can ever (really) know that you are a (really) good player, because good is relative, it's like the top of a hill that recedes as you ascend. And as soon as you get cocky about things you'll hear someone who really is good and that'll bring you down to earth pronto.

There does come a time when you become reasonably happy with what you can do though (after years of low-level dissatisfaction); that's a good enough goal for me and, as said earlier, it's nice when someone comes over to say they enjoyed your music.
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #14 on: April 29, 2014, 06:38:41 PM »

I for one know i'll never be good enough.
P.s. Not interested in the pretty ladies.

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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2014, 07:44:32 PM »

I think, the day you know you are good at it is the day you stop learning.
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2014, 07:52:02 PM »

I think, the day you know you are good at it is the day you stop learning.

Actually I think that's probably the day you stop being good (assuming you were good in the first place!). The only day I can imagine stopping learning is the day I die; there's no-one - NO-ONE - who's so good at anything that they can afford to stop learning.
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2014, 07:55:26 PM »

I think that is the point arty was making, Graham.
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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2014, 08:30:21 PM »

I think for me it was when I looked back at some old recordings from when I'd just started playing, and realised how far I'd come in just over a year. Comments from members here when I've posted videos and sound files in the past were also a nice ego massage.  :P

I don't think realising your abilities is a bad thing, as long as you are level headed about it. Being confident in your abilities is key, and knowing how good you are at some things but not at others is also key to the learning process; it helps you focus and consolidate. As long as you don't think that you're better than you are, then it's fine.

P.S - also not interested in the pretty ladies.

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Re: You Know When You're A Good Player....
« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2014, 08:30:38 PM »

You could be right, Steve - I didn't read it that way, for which I apologise.
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