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are good guitar players all dicks?

I received a question on my fan page recently that I sorta/kinda sidestepped but did so in a humorous way:


Here's the long drawn-out answer I would give if I were to answer that question seriously.

A properly seasoned guitar player can plug in their guitar into any half-assed amplifier or other system and start playing immediately. In addition, they can also improvise riffs on the spot out of thin air and do so in such a way where others (like another guitar player, bass player or drummer) can easily join in on the jam.

Beginner guitar players can't jam because they're not seasoned. And heck, even some who have been playing for years never learn how to jam properly, but staying on the topic of beginners, it's generally true that properly seasoned players find beginners very annoying to be around.

The reason some (but not all) beginners are annoying is because instead of actually playing and learning, they berate the seasoned player with question after question after question, over and over and over; the beginner wants a teacher. Well, the seasoned player doesn't want to do that and gets ticked off almost instantly. If berated with enough questions, it gets to the point where the seasoned player will, sometimes literally, say, "Either shut up and play or go home."

At this point you have a crap sandwich. The seasoned player really didn't want to tell the beginner to bug off because he didn't want to hurt the kid's feelings but had to just to get the kid to shut the hell up and leave him alone, so the damage is done. The beginner player now hates the seasoned player for life, because you don't forget things like that.

Are all good guitar players dicks towards beginners? In the respect they don't want to be involuntary teachers, yes. However it depends how thick or thin a seasoned player's skin is that determines how much of an idiot he's perceived as.

Seasoned players who are very vocal about their disdain for beginner players will be labeled as dicks instantly; that's a fact. Conversely, seasoned players who know how to keep a tight lip and be tolerant of beginners are deemed "cool", and that's just the way it works.

This isn't to say that tolerance of beginners doesn't have its limits, because I'm not in the business of teaching the guitar, nor do I have any interest in figuratively spoon-feeding anyone into becoming a better player. However, instead of telling a beginner to bug off concerning information and tips he could have obviously found himself, I just post reference information these days, usually in the form of a link. I'll even post links to videos of tutorials by other players showing how stuff is done.

In the end, I'm a player and not a teacher. There are tons of guitar tutorials on YouTube and elsewhere on the internet, so whenever I get asked to teach something, I just reference that material. It explains things better than I could, and furthermore is presented by people who want to give explanations of how the guitar is played.

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