Guitar champion Chris Broderick shared a few words of advice for all the guitarists out there, telling Music Radar:
“If you are playing the guitar for any other reason than the love of the instrument, you are in for a lot of frustration.
“I remember playing in a local band that was doing pretty well, and all of a sudden, one of the members just up and quit.
“In that time, I remember talking with the bass player, and he made a really odd statement to me.
“He said, ‘This was all for nothing.’
“I was taken aback, because even though I was bummed, I felt like I had grown both as a player, musician, and band member: it was not a waste.”
He also advised to “take every opportunity you get,” saying:
“Sometimes you might not get a gig that’s the perfect fit, but it leads to so many possibilities.
“Say you’re a metalhead, and you get a blues gig. You might turn it down, but it could do so many things for you, such as skills in the industry, band interaction, stage performance, music performance and more…
“Let the people offering you the opportunity make the determination about your fitness for the position offered.
“I like to think of it like this: if you’re put in situations that might be beyond your current skill level, it will make you strive to reach a new heights, and if it’s beyond your ability and you don’t make the final cut, you’re still in the same place you were before the opportunity.”