Don't give up...
Originally Posted by fitzer
Any time I feel cocky about this, or something else I've practiced, I pick up a guitar and try to play a couple of chords.
As a music teacher about 10 years ago, I had a rather angry/annoyed parent come into see me. They had bought their son a drumset, a quite expensive drumset. He was about 10-11 years old, and all he could play was "tic-tic-tic-tic-tic-tic-Crash-Boom! Tic-tic-tic-tic-tic-tic-Crash-Boom".
They were more than upset-- they were actually very PISSED. They had bought this drumset with all the money they had and here was this kid just pecking away at the basics. And this was all my fault! They explained that they wanted him to sound like things they heard on MTV, and on the radio, and that I was falling down on the job as a teacher.
I asked them how many 10 year olds they could name that they saw or heard playing drums on MTV. Surprisingly, they knew none. I was able to point out that many of the 20 -30 year old drummers they heard, had probably started out at age 10, but that their parents heard "tic-tic-tic-tic-tic-tic-Crash-Boom" for 6 months to a year, until some basics were underfoot and in the hands. This didn't make them happy. They determined on their own, that the kid just had no talent. They sold his drums, and I have no idea what this now-20 year old did with the rest of his life.
I don't know the moral of that story, but I know that we need to have realistic expectations, decent equipment, decent instruction, patience and practice to accomplish anything in this life.
Hang in there...just improve ONE thing each day, no matter how small-- just ONE thing.
"I'd wish you good luck, but the good ones don't need it and all the luck in the world won't help the bad ones."