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    Billy Robertson
    Billy Robertson
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    I have been around the community since almost the beginning of the site. always been to self conscious to upload a video. My question to you all is how do you get over the fear of people picking you apart and just trashing you. I am not a very good player, and I seem to mess up a lot more once i turn on the camera.

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    #187618
    Jak Angelescu
    Jak Angelescu
    Keymaster

    Hey there Billy! First and foremost, I’d like to say ‘thank you’ for actually making this known to us. It’s something I’ve been working hard on to encourage people to post. There are literally THOUSANDS of other students who have the same exact fears as you do. So it’s not uncommon or unusual.

    I can’t speak for myself because I didn’t have fears about posting because I was kind of a beginner, but moreso with how I looked. I was pretty self conscious about my weight.

    Since your reason is entirely different, I will tell you this: There is an absolute ZERO TOLERANCE policy we have here on the site for bullying, or even slightly rude comments. I’ve defended a couple of students on here because some of the remarks they got weren’t very friendly. They weren’t necessarily mean, but they could have definitely been better. I discovered that because there are thousands of students from literally all over the world, that sometimes a language barrier is the culprit, and people don’t mean to come off as rude.

    If you post up and someone starts to even become condescending to you, I step in immediately and warn the other student (with logical intentions of course) to change their tone. If it doesn’t get fixed and they get worse, I can either report them to be banned or even do it myself.

    Syn and PG have worked so damn hard to specifically make this a safe place for YOU. And if this helps you get over your fears at all, read this:
    Syn and Papa LOVE SO MUCH when students in YOUR situation finally post. It literally brings them so much happiness. BELIEVE ME. They created this site for students like you . This isn’t a G3 guitar tournament website. When they see you post (even if you can’t hold the guitar right or even pick right but you show you’re trying) it gives them a great sense of happiness knowing their endeavors in this school ARE helping people.

    So in conclusion, post it for yourself and for them. Besides, we ALL love to see guitarists grow. We all love to help 🙂

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    #187619
    Ids Schiere
    Ids Schiere
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    Frankly, you don’t really get over people trashing you entirely. At some point you just start noticing that it really matters who picks you apart. If it’s friends or someone you look up to it hurts but a complete stranger is just not significant enough to worry about. Remember all we do here is picking your playing apart so we can give you constructive criticism so you can get better.

    As for the messing up in front of the camera part of your question. That’s probably just nerves. You should be able to get a hold on them when you do it more.

    I hope this helps!

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    #187620
    Filip Tomiša
    Filip Tomiša
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    You get over it just by uploading the video. No one here is going to trash you and there is no reason to trash you. You don’t have to be a pro to be able to upload something. Just play whatever you know and upload it. What’s the worst thing that will happen? Nothing, you will just be more confident and you will get tips from other players that will help you learn. So don’t be afraid to upload because you will only benefit from it. Cheers!

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    #187621
    Gabriel Corso
    Gabriel Corso
    Participant

    Hello, Billy!
    How are you?

    My first answer to your question is:
    DONT BE AFRAID!

    I believe that this community is the best place to upload videos and ask for opinions.
    People here are very welcoming and ready to support you on whatever you need.
    Even if you do not play that great!

    So don’t be afraid!

    Post some of your work, or improvement videos for us to see and help you get over this fear.

    I can assure you that each and everyone of us have had some sort of fear some day, but it is normal.

    If you have any questions or just want to talk, please few free to reach me by DM, Facebook or whatever haha.

    Oh, and don’t compare yourself to YouTube guitarists, who have great recording equipment and professional cameras.
    You do you!
    And someday you will be as good as them. Or even better!

    Focus on your playing!
    Keep improving and playing!!

    Take care, buddy!!

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    #187622
    Gabriel Corso
    Gabriel Corso
    Participant

    See?

    By the time I had uploaded my response, 3 more people have written big texts to encourage you haha.

    One big family!!

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    #187623
    Billy Robertson
    Billy Robertson
    Participant

    how do i upload a video?

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    #187624
    Kfir Yaakovi
    Kfir Yaakovi
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    Dude, you should give a fuck about people trashing you. I know for sure ill fucking love it. Regardless of your playing. We are fucking family here people who trash other people dont belong here.
    Feedback is always great don’t be afraid of it.

    I SUCK and I love it.

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    #187625
    Billy Robertson
    Billy Robertson
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    i appreciate everyone’s encouragement.

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    #187626
    Ed Seith
    Ed Seith
    Participant

    Yo Billy!

    You’ll get shit from people on all corners of the internet EXCEPT here. You’ve found your safe space. A lot of our friends here have opened themselves up, bravely stepped out of their comfort zones, exposing their vulnerabilities, and are glad they did so here. It can be very rewarding and confidence-building.

    Personally, I’ve taken to getting more comfortable in front of the camera by doing frequent Instagram clips tagged with #metalminute. The whole idea with them is for them to be rough takes – most of them have little mistakes and I choose to leave them in there. Let the “influencers” on YouTube do their carefully curated and edited perfect takes. I wanna be human, and I want other students here to be and see humans.

    Syn fucks up on stage plenty. He knows it, he admits it. The professional in him knows how to handle it quickly and subtly so he gives the impression “I meant to do that.” That comes with seasoning and practice.

    Share away, brother. You’ll get nothing but love here.

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    #187627
    Calvin Phillips
    Calvin Phillips
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    No one here will pick you apart. What they WILL do is tell you possible habits that may be stunting your growth. Don’t look at it as being harsh but rather them finding a way to help you learn better and faster. Those bad habits could be the issue to your growth.

    I’d personally love to hear what you can come up with.

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    #187628
    Billy Robertson
    Billy Robertson
    Participant

    I don’t mind constructive criticism as long as its done in a polite way and only trying to help.

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    #187630
    Ed Seith
    Ed Seith
    Participant

    As for HOW, post it to YouTube or Vimeo (you can make it viewable “by link only” so it doesn’t come up in searches or show up on your account page) and then link it here and in the Riffs section.

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    #187631
    Jak Angelescu
    Jak Angelescu
    Keymaster

    Billy, because your account isn’t verified you may have issues posting a riff. Try it and tell me what happens🙂

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    #187632
    Dominik Gräber
    Dominik Gräber
    Participant

    Like I am not online for three hours and there is a new topic with 12 responses. LOL
    Anyway, I can agree with everyone here. I am not comfortable in front of a camera AT ALL. But this site is just awesome. I never witnessed an actually rude comment ever – and I am here since the beginning as well.

    Regarding recording. What sometimes helps me is just setting up the camera and hit play. Then just doodle around. Jam, warm up. Then some time just play what you actually want to record, delete the rest. I think it takes a lot of pressure from you.

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